Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
CR -Curiosity, honesty, fairness and the conviction that life is not a zero-sum game.
Q -What technological progress do you hope for most?
CR -A cost-effective direct air capture technology for CO2.
Q -What do you like most about your job?
CR -That I am often allowed to push the boundaries of what is technically feasible with my portfolio companies, which sometimes results in advances that help reduce the oversized footprint of humanity on this planet.
Q -What surprised you when you started working in venture capital?
CR -The incredible range of personal interaction styles between VCs and their portfolio executives - with many enjoyable role models, but also amazingly antisocial negative examples that have survived in the industry for decades.
Q -Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
CR -I'm a fanatical book and paper collector and I read like a madman - except when I go hiking in the mountains with my family.
Q -What did you want to become when you were little?
CR -I went from paleontologist to physicist pretty quickly. And stayed.
Q -What are you particularly good at, what is your "superpower"?
CR -I can listen and don't feel the urge to always be the smartest or loudest person in the room.
Q -What are your information sources on the net?
CR -I read the FT.com for the global picture, the Süddeutsche for the European picture and the Quh Blog to know what is happening in my neighborhood.
Q -What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books?
CR -I appreciate the OmegaTau, the BrainScience and the Nature podcast. I love so many books, there is no top 3.
Q -Where are you currently educating yourself, what are you learning new things?
CR -I read 5-10 books at a time, so it sometimes takes me years to read them all at once...the topics range from quantum chemistry to archaeology to neurobiology, there is almost everything...
Q -What are the most important things you have learned from founders so far?
CR -Unbelievable standing qualities even in times of bad news avalanches. As a founder you have to have endless optimism - I admire that.
Q -Which startup inspires you the most?
CR -I am very lucky to have chosen most of "my" startups according to my interests - they all inspire me!