I'm a business guy on the intersection between product & technology. Discovering what people like is my passion. I'm based in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany.
In the past I have been working on several and at startups and projects over the last decade, mostly related to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), business-to-business (B2B) products as well as messaging, including an international tech conference on everything related to chatbots.
Find below a quick overview of my past and present work.
Product Management & Business Development
Founder, 2018 – ongoing, Vienna, Austria and Berlin/Germany
Since 2018 I was working with a diverse set of clients on consulting projects as well as challenges around product aund business development.
Among them I were startups and corporate clients like Erste Bank (Vienna), DHL (Singapore), Österreichische Post (Vienna), atms (Vienna) and YND (Berlin).
Find out more at Hauser.io
Program Manager, 2018 – 2019, Berlin
As Program Manager at Facebook Berlin, I was working on Facebook’s Startup Growth Program (now: Facebook Accelerator) in Germany aligning with cross-functional teams in Menlo Park, London, Paris, Lagos and Tel Aviv.
We designed and deployed together with APX Facebook's very first acceleration program in Germany that aims at consumer-oriented growth stage companies to support them on their way to become leaders within their industry.
The first season of the program has been carried out from May until September 2019 with nine startups of different industries, ranging from crypto to ecommerce.
We worked together with amazing mentors and experts from Facebook and APX on workshops, mentoring sessions and individual support to help the startups grow their business.
For more infos, see the Facebook Newsroom announcement (German)
oratio – Connecting Businesses and Customers on Messengers
Co-founder and CEO, 2015 – 2018, Vienna
My previous venture oratio aimed to enable businesses to connect with their customers on messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Viber, Telegram and Kik.
How did oratio work?
Let's say as a customer you want to chat with an online shop about the status of your latest order. To do that, you simply open Facebook Messenger, search for your online shop's profile and start messaging.
Within just a few moments you get all relevant infos regarding your latest order, either through a customer service representative or a smart chatbot.
Facilitating existing channels for customer service and support allows companies to unify their communication to a few selected channels that are already used – and loved – by their customers.
oratio supported individual users as well as teams, a wide range of messaging networks and enabled businesses to either connect personally with their customers or with help from smart chatbots.
Seedcamp, a London-based early stage fund, invested in oratio in early 2016 followed by the Vienna Business Agency in 2017.
Organizer, 2016 – 2017, Vienna
Through oratio we started our first international conference on everything messaging, AI and chatbots in October 2016.
The latest edition ChatbotConf 2017 was hosted at Erste Campus in Vienna on 2nd and 3rd October 2017 and featured more than 26 international speakers from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Slack, Microsoft, Amazon and many more relevant startups from the messaging and chatbots industry.
In total, we attracted more than 1,000 guests over the course of two years of ChatbotConf. In 2017, we set out to extend the event to cover two full day: the first day, 'Community Day', featured events all over Vienna organized by and for the community. The second day, 'Conference Day', was dedicated to talks and discussions from industry experts.
sharedspaces.at – Workplaces for Creatives
Co-founder, 2014, Vienna
What started as a side project quickly became Austria's most important platform for coworking spaces, office spaces and more.
sharedspaces.at was initially a proof-of-concept to learn more about bootstrapping a two-sided marketplaces.
We initally faced the problem of neither having spaces on the platform, nor having any visitors because of the inital problem of not having any content. To overcome this problem we started to source spaces ourselves and put them on the platform on behalf of the owners.
Once we put an initial ~20 spaces online, the platform became self-sustaining in a way that more users became interested in finding spaces which led to more owners wanting to be listed on sharedspaces themselves. SEO was the most important driver of traffic.
sharedspaces is still online and run by David Pichsenmeister, having close to 500 listed spaces from all across the country.
orat.io – Re-thinking online discussions
Co-founder and CEO, 2012 – 2014, Vienna & Berlin
The very first project – and later the first company I founded – was also named oratio. It all started during my studies at the University of Graz when I started to teach myself coding PHP, MySQL, HTML and CSS in my free time.
Instead of running coding examples over and over, I wanted to work on an actual project. My idea was that online discussion could be much easier structured if questions ('Statements') and reactions to them would be displayed side by side, either on Pro or Con.
In 2014, Berlin-based accelerator Axel Springer Plug and Play invested in the company which allowed us to start working full-time on it.
After some iterations we eventually decided to not continue working on the idea, but with that project we laid the foundation for every future venture I have been working on ever since.
Co-founder 2012 – 2014
More than 7 yeara ago when I was studying at the Univserity of Graz, I co-founded a non-profit organization named IdeenTriebwerk Graz with three other friends. Its goal was to attract more students to consider startups as a viable career option.
We organized events of different sizes – from informal monthly meetups to weekend-long hackathons – to make it easy for everyone to dive into everything related tech and startups.
IdeenTriebwerk Graz is now run by a team of 25+ members (and an 80% female board!) and still going strong as ever. I'm delighted to see what a bunch of ambitious youngsters was and still is able to pull off.
Through my work at Ideentriebwerk Graz, I was able to start working as a Project Manager for the nation-wide initiative AustrianStartups after moving to Vienna.