I’ve always been entrepreneurial, and my family has always placed high value on independence and aiming for the extraordinary. I joined Rocket Internet because I thought it would be a good way to learn how to build an internet company, and boy, it was! At Rocket, I learned that startups are a rocky path full of iterations. It is not a straight line where everything works from day one. I worked a brief stint at Axel Springer’s Innovation Lab, for which we tried to hire 150 developers. That was when I realized how difficult hiring is, i.e. how ginormous the tech skills gap is. And since I like tackling ginormous challenges, I decided to do something to fill that gap.
I was terrified with so much fear of failure at first. I guess the curiosity and ambition were stronger than the fear in the end, and that has lasted up until today. Even now there are many scary passages as a founder. How do I cope with them? First, I’ve simply gotten used to dealing with uncertainty. Second – and this is what I love most about being a founder – is that I’ve learned to manage my own emotions. I’d never have mastered this at the same level in any other career position.