TEDxFrankfurt is excited to have such a supportive community in the buzzing Rhein-Main area. The members of our community believe in "ideas worth spreading" and are movers and shakers for their industry as well as for society. Please meet some of our supporters! Special thanks for spreading and supporting our mission.

 

Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of candylabs Daniel Putsche

Daniel Putsche

Why do you believe Frankfurt is the right place to present ideas worth spreading?

Frankfurt is mostly known for its financial sector, but there are other important industries in the Frankfurt area, transportation, telecommunications and pharma, just to name a few. Together with the financial sector, these industries attract top talent to Frankfurt. So there is a lot of smart people here. At the same time, most people will agree with the thought that these industries could be doing a lot more to improve their services with digital technologies. Altogether, I am really excited about the impact that TEDx can have to move business thinking forward, and to improve the lives of millions of people through these industries that thrive in the area.

What are your expectations of TEDxFrankfurt and do you expect the conference to influence your work/daily life? How do you think a conference like TEDxFrankfurt can influence your work?

I attended my first TED event back in 2010. Although it was mostly centered around professional issues, I took away many lessons for my life from just a single half-day event. I expect TEDxFrankfurt to be able to combine work inspiration with daily life inspiration. Being successful always means being open to learn, letting yourself be inspired by others and most importantly, to transform ideas that seem to be unrelated to your business into ideas that allows you to step up your business.

Which speaker are you most excited about?

The line up doesn’t allow to cheer just for one speaker. What makes the TEDxFrankfurt event so promising, is the repertoire of top level speakers that will allow us to connect ideas even across different topics, generating extended insights on the matter of digital society.

What is your personal relation to TEDxFrankfurt?

Dealing with the issues of a new reality on a daily basis, the second topic of TEDxFrankfurt couldn’t be a better fit for me. TED and TEDx more generally speaking is a fascinating initiative to spread ideas and insights. After understanding the direction of where the Frankfurt series is about to go, I didn’t hesitate for a second to continue being a TEDxFriend.

Please give us a short intro of yourself and your ties to Frankfurt

Daniel, 32 years old and grown up in Frankfurt. My professional life was always based in Frankfurt, from working at neckermann.de and Publicis Worldwide to co-founding my first company doing nearshore software development with offices in Frankfurt and Sofia. Eventually, I co-founded candylabs as a solution provider for product- and business-model innovation, also situated in Frankfurt. Although based in Frankfurt, my professional assignments required a lot of travel that gave me international exposure and work experience. Working abroad for several months at a time was a valuable experience and learning what ‘coming back home’ means, which is what Frankfurt means to me.

 

Global Shaper - Frankfurt Hub Marina Zayats

Marina Zayats

Why do you believe Frankfurt is the right place to present ideas worth spreading?

Frankfurt is a highly international place, with lots of opportunities, attracting ever new talents from all over the world. This melting pot is a great space to connect to new people, new ideas and gather different perspectives on a daily basis. 

Just recently, Frankfurt was selected as one of the best start-up spots worldwide by the „Global Startup Ecosystem Survey“, which makes me very proud. It shows that my hometown has the right ecosystem as well as talent and mindset to shape new ideas into something that serves the society.

What are your expectations of TEDxFrankfurt and do you expect the conference to influence your work/daily life. How do you think a conference like TEDxFrankfurt can influence your work?

I believe that a conference like TEDxFrankfurt helps people to think unconventionally. After all, being exposed to new ideas and making connections to things we already know, rewires our brain - literally! This is one way in which innovation happens! 

TEDx attracts people who are curious, open-minded and love to exchange their experiences. Meeting these people is very inspiring and always valuable. I'm in awe after every TEDx event as I leave with a very positive outlook for humanity.

What is your personal relation to TEDxFrankfurt?

I love listening to TED talks online. So when I heard that TEDx is coming to Frankfurt for the first time two years ago, I contacted the right away.

Beyond attending the event and acting as testimonial I also interviewed the speakers for Rhein-Main-Startups.com which was a great opportunity to get all the questions out I had during their talks on stage. 

Last year I worked with one speaker and helped him to draft his speech. I was as nervous as him when he got up on stage. A great experience.

Which speaker are you most excited about?

I learn something from each one of them! 

Please give us a short intro of yourself and your ties to Frankfurt

My name is Marina Zayats and I'm an independent Communications Consultant and Personal Branding Coach. My daily business is to help clients realize their goals through communication. Whether it’s the (re)positioning of their corporate brand & image, a stronger employer brand or thought leadership.

Beyond that I'm the curator of the Global Shapers Hub Frankfurt, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their drive to make a contribution to their communities

 
 
 

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