Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
AG -Honesty, realism, rationality, empathy, doing something useful to improve the world through technology.
Q -What technological advancement are you currently hoping for the most?
AG -New user interfaces such as VR, AR, ambient computing. I think the way in which we interact with computers today is still ridiculously limiting. The smartphone was a good example for the unexpected things that can happen when a new UI is introduced to the world, and I expect to see many radical improvements in the near future.
Q -What do you like most about your job?
AG -Being able to help startup founders not only with money, but also with the right kind of advice.
Q -Which professional or personal achievement are you proud of and why?
AG -Surviving the 2000/2001 crisis with my first startup. It was an incredibly tough time that pushed me to my limits (and sometimes beyond), but I never learned more than in those few years.
Q -What is your superpower?
AG -I have been lucky enough to work with people from many different backgrounds throughout my career - engineers, marketers, managers, entrepreneurs, designers, government employees, artists, and so on. I think this enables me to understand people from other backgrounds more quickly and deeply, which is something very useful in today’s connected world. You also learn a lot about the particular perspectives and biases every group of people has and how that makes interdisciplinary communication often very hard.
Q -What makes you special, what is typical for you?
AG -I’m a big fan of stoicism, which is an often misunderstood branch of philosophy. It’s not about repressing emotions, but about conscious practices and preparedness to deal with adversity in a calm way. People often tell me that I’m good at staying calm in a crisis, and that often turned out to be a useful skill in the startup world.
Q -Where do you get your daily information from?
AG -I like news aggregators such as Techmeme, Hacker News or Google News because they give me a quick overview of what is going on in the world and at the same time often provide surprising perspectives that I wouldn’t normally find. I don’t believe in “filter bubbles” -- if you look in the right places you can find content from much broader sources than in traditional media.