''A key aspect I am still mastering is to overcome my imposter syndrome''
Christian is the Founder & CEO of TOMORROW UNIVERSITY - The Online University To Educate & Empower The Change Makers Of Tomorrow. He has taken the challenge to answer our 20 Truth Questions, For us to get some insight, And learn the Truth about the person behind the venture.
Tomorrow University Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding Round.
My TRUTH Story:
1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN THE THIRD PERSON TO A CROWD OF 10,000+ PEOPLE? Born in Vienna Austria, Christian is Co-Founder & CEO of Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences. Before he founded Vivy, a personal health record and assistant for 20 million people, helped to build N26, a unicorn Bank as MD, was CTO at Parship, created award winning apps like ShareTheMeal for the UN World Food Programme and helped Awin to become a global affiliate network. Christian is also an Advisor to the GreenTech Alliance and Member of the board of advisors to Spark Global and Tomorrow Bank.
2. WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A TRUTH FOUNDER? We strongly believe that a bright, sustainable, and just future will be built by empowered and connected individuals who continuously develop and tap into their full potential as creators and innovators in a complex and ever-changing world. Their success is our mission, their impact our measure.
3. WHAT EVENT OR EVENTS HAPPENED TO YOU THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A FOUNDER? University was frustrating for me and I didn’t see the purpose in learning for an exam. I dropped out of university and started a company. It was there I realized how helpful the knowledge and network would have been. Yet the format back then was just wrong for todays century.
4. WHAT IS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE & RITUAL? I'm an Early bird; waking up at 4:30 a.m. cleaning my kitchen while waiting for my coffee. Then I reflect and journal. After that I plan my day, do some sports and then enjoy a family breakfast; Then I take our kids to school.
5. WHAT MANTRA,QUOTE,LINE OR PHRASE DO YOU SAY OFTEN TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOURSELF? ''This moment is great'' followed by a deep thankful breath.
6. WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD CARE ABOUT YOUR VENTURE? For a liveable climate: Net-zero commitments must be backed by credible action. 395 Million New Jobs by 2030 if businesses prioritize nature, Says The World Economic Forum. And it's our mission to educate and empower the people who do.
7. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE THE ONE TO MAKE YOUR VENTURE A SUCCESS? There is no individual who will make our venture a success. We work together, inspired by our purpose, constantly learning and collaborating to achieve our impact.
8. WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND FOR YOUR VENTURE? The transition to a sustainable society is humanity’s greatest challenge yet. Every individual we can educate and empower to maximize his or her impact brings us closer to a more sustainable world.
9. ANSWER THESE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU LIKE - I BELIEVE... I DON'T BELIEVE... -
10. WHAT'S ONE DECISION YOU MADE AS A FOUNDER THAT COMPLETELY CHANGED THE COURSE OF YOUR JOURNEY? Deciding to become an regulated and accredited university of applied sciences.
11. WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS YOUR GREATEST SUCCESS PERSONALLY & AS A FOUNDER? Personally and as a founder my success is measured by the impact I have. This impact starts with the individual and leads to change the world by educating and empowering 1 million change makers which ultimately will accelerate the transition to a sustainable society.
12. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY? Accepting reality as it helps me to enjoy the moment.
13. WHAT'S ONE THING YOU CAN IMPROVE ABOUT YOURSELF, AND WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE NOT DONE IT BY NOW? A key aspect I am still mastering is to overcome my imposter syndrome. As with many behaviours change sometimes takes constant awareness, self reflection and action.
14. WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED OR GIVEN, OR BOTH? There are many key situations that help me to learn not to focus on data but on stories.
15. ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10 - 10 BEING THE BEST. HOW WELL DO YOU THINK YOU AND YOUR TRUTH STORY IS CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY YOUR COMMUNITY? ( WHY NOT 10? ) 10
16. WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY? My Co-Founder. He is a Truth Founder.
17. DESCRIBE YOUR VENTURE - ELEVATOR PITCH STYLE? We are building the next generation online university to educate and empower the change makers of tomorrow. We live in an era of abundant knowledge and powerful tools, yet we will focus on disseminating knowledge in schools. We need to move towards Mastery Learning. For this we have designed a university for impact. Technology enabled Mastery Learning Experience. Personalized learning on real world challenges together with a global community and the full flexibility of remote education. We provide Bachelor and Master Programs including our Impact MBA to learn the 21st century skills for an impactful career. Join our community on https://tomorrow.university.
18. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT OR MESSAGE + MARKET FIT FOR YOUR VENTURE? Educate and Empower the Change Makers of Tomorrow.
19. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG WORK DAY? I read to my kids.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU TREATED YOURSELF TO AND WHAT DID YOU CELEBRATE? I enjoyed a run through the wetlands and on the beach on Ostsee.
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