I'm a highly driven global tech executive, living in London with my wife. In our free time we do long walks in this amazing city, go hiking out of town and of course, whenever possible get some skiing done in Switzerland. I’m always happy to help and mentor people, so anyone having questions after reading this, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
My studies in Switzerland
I studied Physics at ETH in Zurich. My third year I spent in Paris as an ERASMUS student, definitely one of the best experiences ever. A few things I learnt:
Going to Oxford
A few thoughts in order of realization:
My degree at Oxford University
I studied for a DPhil (PhD) in Oxford in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Typical to doctoral studies, the work is very research based and of course publication focused. Thanks to the scholarship, I had the academic freedom to build a major collaboration with the Dunn School of Pathology and ended up having two supervisors, two labs and completing my DPhil in under three years.
Life as a Berrow Scholar at Lincoln College
The scholarship forms an strong bond and I still have strong contacts to the other Berrows at my time. It’s actually really good fun to have a bunch of the most a-typical Swiss (or studied in Switzerland) group together.
Upon leaving Oxford
Upon leaving, I joined McKinsey London for 4 years and then went into the startup space, first joining Groupon before its IPO as it’s COO in Northern Europe and now building on the next IPO with Gett, an extremely fast growing company in the mobile transportation market.
My life today
I'm the Managing Director for Gett Western Europe, running a quarter of the Israeli tech start-up here in London, with over 200 employees, half a billion revenues and growing 300% year on year. This means, I work a lot, I meet a lot of people in business and politics, as well as look after my teams.
I look back at my academic time with great fondness. Still today, one of the things I enjoy most is doing business experiments (something we do very often in start-ups) test new ideas and let them grow or fail quickly.
My wife and I sometimes go back to Oxford and we feel very emotional about what we often say was certainly one of the best times in our lives with super interesting work and great friends around us.
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