Hi, I'm David...
and welcome to my corner of the web!
I'm an entrepreneur, innovator, and advocate for personal growth.
I started this blog and newsletter - to share my journey, insights, and resources with like-minded individuals who are also interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and personal growth.
Whether you're a fellow entrepreneur, a seasoned investor, or simply someone who wants to live a more fulfilling life, I believe that we can all learn from each other and grow together.
I stumbled upon the startup scene back in 2014 by sheer accident.
It has turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life so far and has sparked in me the desire to create a startup myself that solves a real problem.
I regard entrepreneurship to be one of the highest leverage activities to impact the planet and its people for the better, while fostering one's own personal growth.
Why personal growth?
In the prime of my 20s, I faced a crisis. Triggered by this crisis, I began to look more deeply into myself and my life themes.
Thanks to this journey, I had the opportunity to break unhelpful patterns of thought and action. Simultaneously, I adopted healthier patterns of thought and behaviour.
I'm convinced that our quality of life largely depends on our ability to develop healthy patterns of thought and action and to let go of the unhelpful ones.
I still have a lot to learn and I don't believe that one ever has it all figured out - but I'm happy to share some of the insights I've had so far and hope to be able to positively impact other people's life by doing so.
Here is a short summary of my academic and professional background.
- BA in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen (HSG)
- BSc in Computer Science from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
- >9 years of experience working in the FinTech/InsurTech space at the intersection of business and IT for both corporates and startups
- >3 failed attempts at creating a successful startup
- Former Member of the Board at the Swiss LegalTech Association
- Former Chief Strategy Officer at Knip (new: Digital Insurance Group), a Swiss-based InsurTech startup (Techcrunch Article)
Other projects and interests
My curiousity is sheer endless and I could list tons of things in this section that fascinate me. To name a few:
My reading mostly consists of scientific papers and industry-specific news for work, but I love to spend a bit of time every week to indulge in new and inspiring brain food. If you have book recommendations, please send them my way!
I work out at CrossFit Zurich at least three times a week and enjoy the wide range of exercises. I'm still a newbie in the CrossFit arena and am most of the time far away from being able to perform my workouts at the Men's Rx Level. However, I find the workouts to be a great tool to get out of my head after a day of work and to foster my physical health. Come by and try it out yourself!
Immersing myself in a new environment and being confronted with uncertainty is something I find exciting. Usually, I prefer spending in one country a bit more time to get to know its people & culture properly, instead of hopping from one sight-seeing location to another. I also travelled Chile on a motorcycle and am in general a big fan of Central/South America due to its unique flora and fauna. If you have travel tips or are looking for some, hit me up!
My microeconomics professor once said in a lecture: "Wine and food is the sex of old age". Although I wouldn't trade one for the other, I really enjoy great culinary experiences and consider myself a foodie. If you have recommendations for restaurants and recipes, please send them my way!