AMPIONEER INTERVIEW WITH FELIX BRAUN

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NOVEMBER 8, 2014

FELIX BRAUN IS A SOFTWARE ENGINEER FROM BERLIN IN GERMANY, WHO GREW UP AND STUDIED IN HAMBURG. FELIX HAS 12 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING AS A JAVA DEVELOPER AND IS CURRENTLY TEAM LEAD OF SERVER DEVELOPMENT AT THE ACROLINX GMBH. ACROLINX HELPS COMPANIES LIKE IBM, ADOBE, APPLE, SAP AND FACEBOOK TO WRITE CONSISTENT AND HIGH QUALITY CONTENT, BY AUTOMATICALLY CHECKING AND IMPROVING THE DOCUMENTS THAT THEIR AUTHORS WRITE.

1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?

I heard about the Ampion Venture Bus in a bar in downtown Berlin. We had great drinks, listened to good music and after some time a friend of a friend told me about his volunteer job at Ampion. We soon recognized that we had a match and I wrote my application some days later.

Also, I did competitive sports (volleyball) for about 15 years and I spent a lot time driving with my team to our away matches. I know that it can be a great experience to be packed into a bus with amazing people and try to get the best out of all of us.

2. What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?

I hope to be part of an amazing team, which is working hard on a great idea. I hope to learn a lot from all the different mindsets that I’ll meet. And above all this should be a lot of fun!

3. There will be satellite internet on the bus – why will connectivity be so important on the bus?

A lot of people asked for regular updates how the Venture Bus is going. We need to check existing projects and technology approaches and last but not least, I like to stay in touch with my family.

4. What are the three things that motivate you?

I love to learn new stuff everyday, by working with great people on great ideas. I like to broaden my view by questioning my solutions, by asking for feedback and by talking to other people.

5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date?

Well, I played many years as professional volleyball player in the German Premier-league and in the Junior National Team of Germany. In this time, I learned how far you can get when you give your best every day. And that you can only succeed as a team.

6. What next? What are your plans? (Do you have any future ventures/ideas/projects you’re working on?)

The bus trip is the start of my parental leave. After more than 5 years in my current position, I’ll take some months off to take care of my kids. And depending on how good the little one sleeps, I have more or less time to continue my venture ideas in this time.

FELIX IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AMPION VENTURE BUS IN EAST AFRICA.

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