In the early 1990s, I was CIO at VA Tech AG and responsible for IT, Internet and e-commerce worldwide. This was interesting and I don't want to miss this stage in my career.
But I am not the corporate type. In companies,
- Things are too slow
- You have to show too much consideration for the structures and processes that have developed over the years and have influenced the company culture
- Corporates are good in operation, not in innovation
- There are informal power structures
My career had various stages before VA Tech. I stayed everywhere as long as I had the feeling I could add value to the organisation.
When that was not possible any longer or got too difficult I moved on.
I always felt more as entrepreneur,
I always worked as if it was my own company – even as employee.
My inner notivation is curiosity.
I am as curious as a child. And – like children – I can be as excited about small things.
Many people are not curious any longer at my age. I think that's a pity!
Over time, I love to work with startups at super early stage; and I love to work with more of them in parallel!
My portfolio of startups is growing, and as entrepreneur i am a “portfolio entrepreneur”.