Q -How do you combine your startup investments with your daily work?
JF -Fortunately, I can decide how much time I invest in my startups. Depending on the phase, startups need more or less intensive support. To find the right mix is important. Now and then, it is quite pleasant to be on the road for a few days to exchange ideas with founders.
Q -Which startup inspires you most?
I like the small startups from within my environment. At the moment I am supporting Famigo
. Famigo wants to support local governments in digitizing their services for families and makes local companies more attractive for employees. One of my first investments with btov was Codecheck
. I am still enthusiastic about the idea, the team and the implementation.
Q -What are the indispensable tools in your everyday life?
JF -My running shoes are very important. While running, I have time to think about projects and problems. Also, I can take them everywhere I go. The business model canvas - I use the tool constantly to discuss business models with founders. Finally, my smartphone, I can do a large amount of work remotely on my smartphone, this makes me very flexible.
Q -What are your three favorite podcasts/books?
JF -I like to read biographies... and I like to watch Netflix documentaries about people. I think that real life is still the best source of information.
Current documentaries - Netflix:
- Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
- Dolly Parton: Here I Am
- Roman Empire
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Steve Jobs - The authorized biography of the Apple founder
- The true story of McDonald's: Told by founder Ray Kroc
- Shoe Dog: The official biography of the NIKE founder