I’m passionate about startups. Having founded my first company at age 14, I’ve built various tech companies, invested in ten and currently work on a productivity startup, a computer vision company and a crypto currency. To spend as much time as possible with my companies, which are spread across two continents, I gave up on having an apartment in 2016 and have since lived out of a bag.

I write about various areas of my life and how I constantly strive for improvement. I travel all the time, own only 64 things — all of which are black — and spend an average of 3.7 days in the same location.

Companies and investments

At the end of last year I became very eager to start my own company again. I founded Sendtask, a productivity tool, and got involved in a more operational role with DFINITY, a crypto-currency with a team based in Zurich and Palo Alto; and Glimpse, a Computer Vision startup in the bar / restaurant industry based in Miami. I still take an active role as an investor and advisor at 8 other companies.

Recent blog articles

Q&A Video: How To Decide Which Startup To Invest In

In this episode, I answer some of your questions from previous posts. You’ll find out how I decide which startup to invest in, my tips for sticking to your daily routine and more. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your comments! Video Transcript Back at the airport, getting ready to go through security and ...

[Video] On Storytelling

While my brain thinks mostly in bullet points, I’ve learned to appreciate that stories have their place. Only if you can make other people feel what you want them to, you get their full attention. In this episode, I share some thoughts about storytelling and my takeaways from two key presentations during my last day ...

[Video] The Value Of Experiments

Adopting an “experimenter” mindset has helped me a lot over the years. Whenever there’s something I feel could be useful or challenging, I set up a simple test for it. Sometimes it’s a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. What if I lived with less stuff? Can you run a company effectively without an office? ...

You’re The Average Of The 5 People You Spend The Most Time With

I’m very fortunate to meet a lot of very interesting people currently as part of the EO GLC (Global Leadership Conference). It got me thinking about the old saying that “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Here are some thoughts on enjoying time with inspiring people. Video Transcript ...

[Video] Why I Travel So Often

Over the last years, I gave up on having an apartment and started traveling the world with 64 things. Today´s episode is about how and why I travel so often. Video Transcript One way I try to make the most out of my time at the airport is by arriving early. It might sound counterintuitive ...

[Video] Presence Is The Best Present

In the last years, I have become very conscious about how much things I own and need. I came to the realization that experiences and spending time together are often a better present than something materialistic. Hence, presence is the best present! Video Transcript I’ve barely been in Switzerland for eight hours now and it’s ...

Thoughts On Blockchain-Powered Governance

While coins are by far the most prominent application of blockchain technology to date, I believe that governance is another area that is predestined to be revolutionized by blockchain technology. Here are my thoughts on how this blockchain-powered governance could work. Video Transcript So we made it back today from California. Twelve-hour flight, we landed ...

Where’s Home For Someone Without A Home?

It’s hard to set roots when you fly 100+ times a year. But what defines a home – its location or the way you feel there? I think many people live in a single place but don’t really feel at home. For me, home can be anywhere as long as I’m surrounded by people I ...

[Video] Advice Is Cheap, Experiences Are Gold

I spend a lot of time in and with the Entrepreneur’s Organization. Not only is it a great network but also it’s taught me some very valuable lessons when it comes to improving myself. Among them: To always ask for experiences, not advice. Hope you enjoy this episode and looking forward to your comments! Video ...

[Video] Thoughts On Team Meetings

While we live in a high tech world, there are still so many situations where nothing beats a face to face meeting. Being able to sit at the same table and flesh out ideas, brainstorm solutions and come up with new strategies is priceless. I’m super excited about the DFINITY project and the number of ...