I am a half-German, half-Croatian entrepreneur living in The World, constantly on the move between India, Europe, the U.S. and AsiaPac, working with my company Level 360 on two major areas: Globalization and Web 2.0. Moreover, I am an angel investor in companies in the media/tech-space and I occasionally speak about the “Flat World“-phenomenon and “Doing Business in India” at institutions like INSEAD. “Doing well by doing good” is a tangible concept for me who has been privileged and lucky to live a self-determined life. Therefore I try to enable others with less fortune by supporting charity like the Vatsalya-orphanage in Bangalore.
I’d like share my experience about how the world has changed because of technology, particularly the internet, and how businesses are addressing both the emerging opportunities and challenges. Yet, this is not a corporate blog, for that I regularly contribute to Holtzbrinck eLAB in German language. This is my blog of my personal experience about a kind of inventive lifestyle-design driven by a restless thirst for knowledge from a humble intellectual curiosity coupled with my day-to-day trial and error.
Or how Mark Twain once put it to the point: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. In fact, I do believe that each of us has way more freedom than we actually perceive or dare to perceive.
Admittedly, the suffocating influence of over regulated governments makes us more often think of our alleged limitations than of our available liberties. My remedy for the last years has been intense travel around the world, where constant geo-arbitration has proved to be a invaluable eye-opener. Books are as important for me as the blood is in my veins. My thanks are infinite to Pope Benedict XVI., who once upon a time as Joseph Ratzinger used to be the archbishop of my native town Munich, and whose razor-sharp intellectual work has become a never-ending dwell of enlightenment for me. My constant dope of reading is a mix of The Economist, “transformational insight” (like Hot, Flat & Crowded) and novels like my favourite Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq.
My life at brief: I hold an M.B.A. from Germany’s University of Augsburg. I funded my education as a radio presenter at Munich’s local radio station Radio 2DAY and founded my first little business: an advertisement agency for producing and selling radio spots and airtime. For some time, I contributed as a writing journalist to the tabloid Abendzeitung. After graduation, I worked shortly as the Assistant to the Publisher at Augsburg’s vmm verlag, before I was appointed Head of Marketing at Bayern 3, one of Germany’s Top 10 radio stations. There, I continued to host radio shows and reported as a war correspondent for the German radio network ARD from Macedonia and Albania during the Kosovo War in 1999.
From 2000 to 2002, as Director Entertainment of Lycos Europe I went through the boom and bust of the “New Economy”. Taking a year off for a sabbatical certainly laid the foundation for my kind of life today with activities like doing my pilot license in Florida, learning Spanish in Cuba, learning Russian in St. Petersburg, training Thai Boxing in Chiang Mai, doing my motorboat-license in Croatia and such. Returning to Germany in 2003, my only wish was to get away as fast as possible and start my own business. Well, here I am today. However, the journey has just begun.
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