Meet Philipp, biz dev ace!
“I traveled across Mongolia on a motorbike, I’m gonna get married on my birthday, when I graduated from high school, I had shoulder-length hair and was chosen by my classmates to be the rebel of the class. My job at savedroid is to be a general supporter of all none IT and technology related activities. More or less, I’m involved in all commercial projects that savedroid does at the moment. One major topic for me is business development and a lot of focus is placed on partnerships management.”
- What is your background?
- I studied industrial engineering in Aachen, at one of the leading technical Universities in Germany. I did 60% of mechanical engineering and 60% of business administration.
- How would you explain what you’re doing here at savedroid to your Grandma?
- Well, dear Granny! We are doing something similar to what banks do but just for the new digital world, so all based on mobile phones. It includes digital currencies which you’ve probably never heard of. They are called cryptocurrencies but probably you will never need this because you’re my Grandma.
- Let’s say your Grandma is super curious about cryptocurrencies and she’s asking you — Dear Philipp what exactly is this cryptocurrency?
- Ok, I’d probably say — look it’s hard for you to understand but just imagine, there’s an internet down there and you can actually store and save any kind of data using it. There’s been found a new way to really, really safely store data and still make it available to people that have a connection to the internet, and people have found out that you can actually use this way to create a currency which is secure and everybody knows to whom it belongs. You can do real transactions with it, as long as you have access to the internet. That’s how I’d explain it, probably.
- Most important working experience for you?
- It’s definitely not the single, unique experience, but rather the realization that it all comes up to the team and different personalities, and how you work with your colleagues. I’ve seen companies failing because people were not working together in the way they should. Treating people like they are a part of the team and respecting everybody’s individual characters, mindsets, and capabilities is crucial. In my professional past, it was the hardest thing to handle in any kind of company or enterprise.
- So you’re saying that the soft skills are more important?
- No, I wouldn’t say that, because it depends on the size of the company and the position you need someone for. My opinion is biased to smaller companies but actually, in the small companies where you especially need the team to work together and some of the tasks you do overlap with what others do, it’s most notably important to have this team culture. Still, I wouldn’t say you can recruit somebody just because he fits the team, regardless of the professional experience. In startup it’s equally important. The challenge is to find the candidates that have both.
- What are the most important team values for you?
- Transparency — it needs to be very transparent who’s working on what. Knowledge sharing — that is also one of the most important things. You need to actively give knowledge and request to receive the knowledge. So, knowledge sharing and transparency, then of course — honesty. It’s actually very comparable to non-professional life, same things apply to keep a good friendship and good relationships with people. On top of it comes, of course, trust.
- If you were to describe a perfect startup culture in one word?
- I would choose trust because that’s the essence of what I said before, the company and the culture have to be built on trust.
- What motivates you?
- I guess, I’m the kind of person who is motivated mostly by having an active and positive influence on things. That means, putting my ideas into practice and being able to really create something out of nothing.
- So it’s important for you to be the part of a bigger picture?
- Yes, that’s definitely, and what’s more, I need to have a chance to actively contribute to that. I don’t like just being told what to do, I also need to have a feeling that my points of view are being taken into consideration and maybe implemented, if they are good. The important thing for me is to be always a part of discussion.
- Cash or card?
- Card, always!
- So you don’t carry cash around with you?
- I do, because we live in Germany, but if there would be a possibility to have a chip under your skin for payments, I’d do that right away!
- How important is privacy to you?
- Actually not that much. Since a couple of months, I’m researching and trying to educate myself on what the risks and threats of losing your privacy on the internet are. I have went through many different sources. First of all, I would not agree that they can track everything. I haven’t found a threat for me personally. I’m concerned only with payments and money movements. There — I’m very cautious. I’m always using very strong passwords, 2 factor authentication, and sophisticated antivirus software on my computer. But apart from that, if people know where I’m working or what clothes I’m buying — I don’t care.
- It never occured to you that somebody can actually steal your identity, if you don’t protect yourself in the internet?
- Yes, I heard about that but I still think it’s not possible because ultimately you’d need something that really verifies my identity, and since I’m working closely with those topics at savedroid, I know much more about digital identities and verification of those than I knew before. I still believe in the banking processes, like AML and KYC, that nobody can go through with data only publicly available.
- Technology — what does it mean for you?
- It needs to be dedicated to a certain purpose. I’d say that technology nowadays is not a limit anymore and in 99% of cases there is a technology that can help you to achieve whatever you want to do.
- Is there any limit then?
- Yes, there is — science. I studied mechanical engineering and there are definitely some physical laws that you cannot break. You have to acknowledge them but apart from this — no, there are no limits.
- Do you save?
- I do, yes. Long before I got into cryptocurrencies, I was already saving. Basically, since I started to earn money, I also started to save. I’m very German in this case. I’ve also been very curious about what I can do with this money, so I’ve been always looking for ways to invest.
- What tip would you give to somebody who’d like to invest in crypto?
- It’s crucial not to mix investing with speculating and playing in the casino. I’d have one piece of advice for everybody — know what you are doing, get some solid information, and educate yourself! Crypto market is a very valid asset class that people should look at!
- Thank you very much Philipp for the interview!
- No worries, you’re welcome!
Your savedroid Team, cheers!