• Tech-savvy entrepreneur Focusing on future technologies and industry disruptions

    Being a go-getter entrepreneur, I thrive on strategic and operational excellence, disruptive business ideas, and creative technology solutions. Having worked for both legal and business consultancies, as well as corporates and startups, eCommerce and tech companies, my understanding of future markets is very comprehensive. I am always looking for the next big thing and trying to make an impact. Technology matters to me. I believe in ideas, products, and services that make a real difference. At rubarb, we are currently working on bringing the best of all those things together.

  • Professional Experience

    Building Europe's first financial lifestyle app

    rubarb GmbH

    Co-founder & CEO  Sep 2019 - present

    Hamburg, Germany

    At rubarb, we are working hard to get the first financial wellness solution in the world ready for launch. Having secured a licence from German regulatory authority BaFin, rubarb is one of the most early stage FinTechs in the European landscape that were able to achieve this.

    Go to rubarb.app to sign up for our waitlist and be amongst the first to find out about our launch. You can also follow our journey on Instagram and Facebook.

    Innovative sports retailer

    UNLCKED UG

    Co-founder & Managing Director  Jan 2019 - present

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Currently still in stealth mode
    • Producing sports retail products
    • International patent pending
    • Made in Germany
    • Sustainable

     

    Hanseatic Venture Capital

    Hamburg Scholz Ventures GmbH

    Founder & CEO Dec 2017 - present

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Hanseatic angel investments
    • Early stage investments, i.e. pre-seed and seed funding
    • Focus on technology and disruptive ideas
    At PALTRON, we are creating the consultancy of the future and shaping an entire industry focussing on the most pressing IT topics of our global society.

    PALTRON GmbH (Exit)

    Co-founder & Managing Director  Dec 2016 - Jun 2019

    Hamburg, Germany

    Co-founding PALTRON, we created the IT recruitment and personell consultancy of the future and shaped an entire industry, with our focus being on AI, BI, Data Science, Blockchain, Cloud/IoT, (Cyber) Security etc. Our customers were hidden champions, SME's, and world leading corporations, as well as high-tech start-ups.

    • Founders team of two, my co-founder focussed on sales exclusively, I took over most other aspects of the business including daily operations, strategy & growth, contract/client negotiations, business development, finance, legal etc.
    • Successful launch and growth of a multi-million Euro business
      • reached profitability by end of year 1
      • team size of 60 incl. all overhead after two and a half years
      • served markets in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Netherlands, and UK
      • independently developed branding and marketing storyline and strategy
      • won "LinkedIn Recruiter of the Year 2017"
      • won "Best Newcomer 2018" at most prestigious German industry award "Headhunter of the Year" with an additional award for "Candidate Experience 2018"
    • Exit in 2019 after sale of company to German-American private equity fund
    Dreamlines is a young, innovative e-commerce company based in Hamburg, Germany. The travel portal offers its customers more than 30.000 cruises from all the largest and most reputable cruise companies. From their headquarters in Hamburg they maintain and develop portals of six other countries.  Currently there are more than 350 employees and the next stage of their corporate development is to explore even more markets. They already opened offices in France, Brazil, Australia and the Netherlands.

    DREAMLINES GmbH

    Head of Australia Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

    Gold Coast, Australia

    • Successful turnaround management of a multi-million Dollar business
      • continuously exceeded business plan targets by up to over 200%
      • increased productivity by over 400%
      • increased baskets and margins by up to 50%
      • reached profitability before launch of next growth phase
    • Managed business incl. relevant departments across countries (product, content, website, marketing, HR, sales, operations, IT etc.) within a global company operating in 7 countries with 400+ employees
    • Successful post-merger integration of acquired retail business
    • Developed brand strategy and market positioning
    • Negotiated lucrative commercial and marketing agreements with cruise lines, GSAs, wholesalers, and all other partners relevant to the business
    • Set up and continuously improved processes and lines of communication across countries and departments
    Dreamlines is a young, innovative e-commerce company based in Hamburg, Germany. The travel portal offers its customers more than 30.000 cruises from all the largest and most reputable cruise companies. From their headquarters in Hamburg they maintain and develop portals of six other countries.  Currently there are more than 350 employees and the next stage of their corporate development is to explore even more markets. They already opened offices in France, Brazil, Australia and the Netherlands.

    DREAMLINES GmbH

    Business Developer Jul 2015 - Sep 2015

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Analysed and refined business model
    • Analysed options for entering and developing new (international) markets
    • Prepared for Head of Australia appointment
    CAREERTEAM is a modern headhunting agency in the digital era.

    CareerTeam GmbH

    Business Developer Apr 2015 - Jul 2015

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Analysed and refined business model and internal processes - increased efficiency of recruiting process by over 100%
    • Revised and implemented both updated and entirely new systems (e.g. task manager, internal database)
    • Introduced new project management tool for entire company
    • Developed and implemented measures for staff organisation and staff motivation - increased productivity by over 150%
    • Analysed, refined, and redefined sales processes
    • Conducted extensive market analysis in context of expansion strategy
    • Prearranged M&A process
    TruVenturo is one of Germany's most successful Internet Company Builders and independent investor. We are passionate entrepreneurs and share the common vision to create innovative and exciting startups.

    TruVenturo GmbH

    Venture Development Manager Apr 2015 - Jul 2015

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Analytical, operational, and strategic support for venture companies, primarily CareerTeam and DREAMLINES
    Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy with German heritage and of European origin.

    Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

    Restructuring Intern Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

    Hamburg / Frankfurt, Germany

    • Set-up project management office

    • Prepared and executed board meetings including follow-up analysis

    • Conducted problem-oriented strategic data analysis and benchmarking

    • Planned and modelled restructuring of client’s international sales and personnel departments

    • Presented research and analysis results (Microsoft Office) to teams and clients

    Tech Start-up

    Co-Founder Dec 2012 - Apr 2013

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Product development and investor relations
    • Business planning and sales strategy
    • Ended project before launch due to Google introducing a similar business
    White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help its clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world.

    White & Case LLP

    Intern (Real Estate Law) Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Developed contractual clauses
    • Planned, prepared, and attended court hearings
    • Completed extensive due diligence
    Vattenfall is 100 percent owned by the Swedish state and is one of Europe's largest generators of electricity.

    Vattenfall Europe Business Services

    Intern (Legal Production Nuclear) Mar 2011 - Apr 2011

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Evaluated German nuclear phase-out
    • Assessed options, derived recommendations
    GREAF Rechtsanwälte is one of the leading media law firms in Germany.

    GRAEF Rechtsanwälte

    Intern (Media Law) Jul 2010 - Aug 2010

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Composed petitions, preliminary injunctions, and court/client-correspondences
    Dresdner Kleinwort was a British-based investment bank.

    Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein

    Intern (Finance at Investment Banking) Oct 2007 - Nov 2007

    Madrid, Spain

    • Analysed data
    • Quickly adapted to working and living in unfamiliar environment
  • Education

    Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB) is the international business school within Grenoble Ecole de Management, one of the few business schools worldwide to have achieved triple accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. GGSB is regularly ranked by the international press among the best European business schools, especially for its international and intercultural programs.

    Grenoble Graduate School of Business (London Campus)

    Master in International Business (MIB) 2013 - 2015

    London, UK

    Entire programme took place in London at GGSB London Campus.
    Internationally recognized, the MIB is regularly ranked by the Financial Times among the top Masters in Management in the world (was ranked no. 5 when I attended). It is a generalist program with a special focus on international aspects of business and management to meet the changing needs of today's global companies.

    Bucerius Law School is the first private law school in Germany. The school was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius. Bucerius Law School is formally accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanties.

    Bucerius Law School

    Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) 2009 - 2013

    Hamburg, Germany

    Founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Bucerius Law School is Germany’s first private law school and ever since repeatedly ranked as Germany's number one university for the study of law.

    Willamette University College of Law was the first law school in the Pacific Northwest when it opened its doors in 1883.

    Willamette University College of Law

    U.S. Law, Exchange Semester 2011

    Oregon, USA

    Willamette University College of Law is a private law school located in Salem, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1842, Willamette University is the oldest university in the Western United States. The College of Law, which was founded in 1883, is the oldest law school in the Pacific Northwest.
    Hansenberg Castle is a boarding school for the upper secondary level established in 2003 in the Rheingau region of Germany.

    Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg

    High School/Boarding School, German Abitur 2006 - 2009

    Geisenheim, Germany

    Hansenberg Castle is an Upper Level Secondary School and boarding school established in 2003 in the state of Hessen. It is based on a public-private partnership model with strong economic partners (e.g. The Linde Group, Boston Consulting Group, Commerzbank, Lufthansa), working to provide an environment for motivated, intellectually gifted, and socially competent students. The best students of Hesse and Germany are selected in a three days assessment center in the 9th grade, and, if successful, subsequently prepared to take the A-Levels ("Abitur") within three years.

  • Other Activities

    Foundation to finance the school in the future

    Foundation of Hansenberg Alumni

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees 2019 - present

    Geisenheim, Germany

    • Goal of the foundation is to prospectively finance the school independently from sponsors and politics through alumni funding and relevant partners
    • Current foundation members: Roland Koch, Linde AG, Hansenberg Alumni e.V. 
    Die Bucerius Law School Unternehmerinitiative ist ein Verbund wirtschaftlich und unternehmerisch interessierter Studenten und Absolventen der Hochschule.

    Bucerius Law School Entrepreneursclub

    Chairman 2012 - 2013

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Coordinated club meetings

    • Improved club display, e.g. better logo, enhanced newsletter content/design

    • Increased public awareness through cooperation with other student clubs

    • Developed, planned, and hosted various events and workshops regarding start- ups, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership, e.g. with Boston Consulting Group, Audi, Team Europe

    Bucerius Alumni e. V. is the organisation for all former students of Bucerius Law School.

    Bucerius Alumni e.V.

    Member 2013 – present

    Hamburg, Germany

    • Active member of university alumni club
    Hansenberg Alumni e. V. is the organisation for all former students of Hansenberg.

    Hansenberg Alumni e.V.

    Member 2009 – present

    Geisenheim, Germany

    • Active member, mentor for current students, advisor to current board of alumni club

    Kids and Youth Ranch Johannisberg

    Helping Hand 2009

    Geisenheim, Germany

    • Entertained and educated children, took care of daily business, e.g. water well construction
    Programme by the German state of Schleswig-Holstein for highly talented students.

    "Enrichment Programme" of the state Schleswig-Hostein for talented students

    Member 2004 - 2005

    Kiel, Germany

    • Programme to additionally challenge and educate highly talented students outside their schools
    • Created and edited articles for a newspaper entirely developed by students
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