Maja Markowitz

Investment Manager

Before joining btov in June 2021 as an Investment Manager, Maja worked as an Investor at APX. There she was able to gain valuable experience and insights into the world of pre-seed investments. At APX she was also responsible for the follow-on investor network and worked very closely with Business Angels all over the DACH region. Prior to that, Maja worked in Private Equity at Partners Group and Corporate M&A at Bertelsmann in Switzerland and the US.

Maja holds a B.A degree in Economics and M.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen.

The Founder Cocktail: One shot of perseverance, add passion, stir with charisma and focus and finish with just a sprinkle of reality distortion.

  • With btov since: June 2020

  • Expertise in/interested in: Future of Work, EduTech, PropTech, EnergyTech

  • Favorite quote: “Impossible is just an opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

  • Your “favourite futuristic technology”: CSP Powered Desalination Plants

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
MM -Passion, Kindness, Authenticity
Q -Which SciFi "technology" are you missing in the real world?
MM -Teleportation. Just imagine how much time we would save.
Q -Which technology or trend excites you the most?
MM -I really wish for technology to find sustainable ways to ensure global renewable energy supply – thus eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels.
Q -What excites you most about your profession?
MM -The ability to work with extremely inspiring people, never stop learning and being at the nucleus of innovation.
Q -What do you do in your spare time? Do you have a passion that you pursue outside of work?
MM -I am deeply passionate about music. If I don’t sit in front of my piano, I love to sing for my loved ones or to listen to jazz, soul and funk music.
Q -What did you want to be when you were a kid?
MM -An international popstar – quite happy though that my life took another turn 😊
Q -What is your personality, what's typical for you?
MM -I love to make people laugh! My friends always say that I use humor as a universal treatment for every hardship that comes my way.
Q -What are your top 3 books, podcasts, etc.?
MM -Invisible Women (Caroline Criado-Perez), The Hard Thing About Hard Things (Ben Horowitz), Principles (Ray Dalio)
Q - What are the most important things you have learned from founders so far?
MM -Many great founders I’ve worked with had a unique set of skills and character traits that always impressed me –- I used to call it the Founder Cocktail. One shot of perseverance, add passion, stir with charisma and focus and finish with just a sprinkle of reality distortion.
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