Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
VD -The two most important values for me are morality and equality in all matters. You don't have to exploit other people and animals for financial purposes and forget how much value life has. And you must never discriminate against other people for their origin, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation or anything else. Every human being is equal. Without exception. Respect, decency, charity.
Q -Which SciFi "technology" are you missing in the real world?
VD -Teleportation and a really promising and affordable cryostasis.
Q -Which technological progress do you hope for the most?
VD -The awareness and technology to preserve the environment and nature.
Q -Which technology or trend do you find most exciting?
VD -All current trends in transportation. From Volocopter to driverless cars.
Q -What has been your greatest success so far?
VD -To be part of Portfolio Day 2019 and to know that you played a small part in making the event such a big success.
Q -Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
VD -I have several passions that I pursue - like going to the cinema and then reviewing the films, discovering new music or putting on a shiny jacket on a Saturday night to exhaust my voice as a professional wrestling commentator.
Q -What surprised you when you started working in venture capital?
VD -How diverse the industry is and the passion of the people working in it. That is unprecedented.
Q -What are your top 3 favourite podcasts?
VD -"OSW Review", "A Bite of Baklava", "Zeit Verbrechen".
Q -What are indispensable tools in your everyday life?
VD -Adobe Photoshop and a keyboard. Preferably also a mouse.
Q -What did you want to be when you were little?
VD -A wrestling champion. Now I'm a part-time wrestling commentator. Close enough.
Q -What are you currently training in, what new things are you learning?
VD -At 35, I've decided to finally get my driver's license, and I also try to learn how to play the Ukulele.