As a strategy advisor, he helps organizations large and small excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change. He has co-founded and chaired many acclaimed emerging technology conferences including ThingsCon, UIKonf and Cognitive Cities Conference, and served as co-chair of Interaction16. He also co-founded travel & souvenir magazine Dearsouvenir.
His projects, thoughts and other antics have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, The Guardian, WIRED, ZDF, ZEIT and many others. He blogs at thewavingcat.com.
(For an overview of other affiliations as well as past and current clients, please click here. Also, this bio is available in German, too. Clients and conference organizers can find high-res headshots here.)
If you’re working on something exciting and would like to pick my brains, please get in touch.
The Waving Cat refers to maneki neko or a fortune cat as it is often found in Japan. More correctly it is a beckoning cat, inviting customers and good fortune – in our context, it stands for a positive outlook, an embrace of a future that is shaped by technology, connectedness and rapid change. It’s also an invitation to start a conversation.
At the core, I see the role of this company as a mix of
Always positive, critical, reliable; with a focus on getting things done; and happy to figure out the details along the way.
Personally, I have been fascinated by technology all my life. I’ve been striving to understand how things work and their impact. I believe that a key to success is to consider users’ rights, to think systemically, and keep sustainability in mind – especially in a field that moves as fast as the tech industry.
Fun fact: In science fiction author Bruce Sterling’s short story Maneki Neko, the cat-paw gesture is the sign of a secret AI-based gift economy.
I categorize my work roughly into three categories:
Frequently I initiate and chair events and I think there’s no better, more fun way to meet interesting people, to explore emerging topics and technologies, and to foster communities of innovators. Over the last few years, this included ThingsCon (future of hardware and the Internet of Things), UIKonf (iOS developers), Cognitive Cities Conference (connected cities), Atoms&Bits (maker culture), TEDxKreuzberg, Ignite Berlin, and Likemind Berlin. A bit more info here and here.
Besides organizing, I regularly am involved in events and conferences as a speaker, curator, moderator or panelist. Among many others that has included NEXT Berlin (where I’m program director), Picnic, O’Reilly Solid, SXSW and the OpenIOT Assembly.
If you would like me to speak at your corporate event, please contact my agent Tessa at The Next Speaker.
Sometimes I write something or am quoted or my work is featured in smaller or larger media outlets like Australian, Deutschlandradio, Focus, Forbes, Golem, Guardian, New York Times, Radio Fritz, T3N, taz, WDR, ZDF and ZEIT. I try to keep an up-to-date list of media mentions and publications.
If you want to get in touch for an interview, please come this way.
By way of explaining where I’m coming from, the shortest of resumés: Before doing what I do now, I co-founded Third Wave, part think tank, part digital strategy consultancy, where we worked for clients like MTV Europe, Postbank and ZEIT Online. Before that, I worked as a freelance strategist, doing all kinds of things ranging from web strategy to social media to project management to election campaigning for clients like ARTE, Google, Netzpiloten, SPD, Tumblr, WoltersKluwer, as well as a number agencies and public broadcasters. (Client list, CV.) Along the way, I had some editorial roles, too.
I like transparency. As a rule of thumb, if there’s any risk of a conflict of interest, I try to mention it in any given blog post. I currently am, or was at some point, affiliated with these groups. In the past, I worked with these clients. Everything in this weblog expresses my personal opinion, and mine only, unless marked otherwise.