The only way to create great things is with great people who truly enjoy their job. We, as Heroes, are enthusiastic and take pride in doing the best work we can. Recognizing opportunities and achieving our goals together is what connects us all. Want to find out more about us? Let’s talk!
Maria’s diverse and successful professional history has one common denominator: a desire to truly get to know people. This curiosity has driven Maria from her early days as a startup founder and young political activist up until today as general manager of Speedinvest Heroes.
“The moment when you connect with another person and challenge him/her towards a new set of possibilities is what I love the most!”, says Maria. This social skillset, practiced over many years in various leadership positions and professional trainings (such as a Master degree in Mediation) is a crucial asset for Speedinvest Heroes. Building out our network of talents and then quickly matching the potential of a given candidate with the right opportunity in our portfolio, is where Maria excels like no one else. Maria’s personal working history starts 1992 in the early internet area. As the GM of one of the first big dot.com success stories coming out of Austria (Datenwerk/Blue-C), she saw her company grow to an agency group with more than 200 employees across Europe, including an IPO at the “Neue Markt”. Having sold her stake early enough before the bust, Maria continued her entrepreneurial path that included managing a research think tank on Artificial Intelligence (long before the hype), spending time in Silicon Valley and, eventually, helping to found Speedinvest as the first business angel fund in Austria. With this sort of CV, Maria does not need to believe all the hype we see today around startups. At the same time, she is highly aware of the massive disruption digitalisation brings to our personal and business live. Heroes is a natural platform for Maria’s skills, combining her appetite to rethink old business sectors such as HR with her focus on the human element in business. Building healthy companies will always be built on finding exceptional talent. And as we all know, this talent is spread thin and wide, so a true commitment to diversity, low entry barriers and continuous education will be a crucial element of any HR strategy. For Maria, having gone through many diverse roles and businesses, this approach comes natural. as does her positive attitude towards people in general.
MSc., SCPM, Managing Partner
As a managing director, Lukas aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction.
Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big chunks of data, econometrics and his social skills to solve complex solutions. A set of forensic skills, translation skills (software engineering team vs. normal people) and a good sense of diplomacy are the pillars of this professional career.
While working with data throughout his career - from investment banking (RCB), data analysis (Google) and growth hacking & people management (Improove) - he always followed a simple rule (Winston S. Churchill) - “I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself” - pointing out that working with data can be as creative as painting a portrait.
As he is known for his consistent good mood and his high energy level, he thrives in a fast-paced digital environment as well as in his local climbing gym. Cooking, wine, wine again and lots of sports are the basis of his personal life. You will always find him looking for an excuse to move your regular Jour Fixe outdoor or trying to convince you to go for a quick 10k run with him instead of your weekly 1:1.
Heroes don’t need capes or spider bites. It’s the combination of head, heart and attitude that unleashes super powers. As a Senior Partner, Charlotte has a trained eye for heroes and a gifted ability to transform them into teams as powerful as the Avengers.
Charlotte has a decade of experience in Human Resources (HR). As a fast learner and high achiever, she has supported demanding clients across a wide range of industries and at varying different stages of development. By combining her academic background in HR with a hands-on attitude she has developed a rich set of methods to support start-ups, founders and new team members on a personal level. Here is how Charlotte can help: Matching the right people is like solving a puzzle. The edges (skills) need to be appreciated in order for each piece (talent) to fit the gaps (road blocks) in the larger picture (start-ups). During her professional experience Charlotte has found many missing pieces – under the sofa, during stealth mode, in the valley, across the pond, before beta – you name it. Running a start-up is tough. It takes blood, sweat and luck to get it right. But many teams fail under stress when they don’t treat their start-up as a living organism. Charlotte knows how to get through all the code and business lingo to identify your personal kryptonite. Charlotte is light-hearted and empathetic; in negotiations determined but fair. She gets excited by the spirit of the teams she mentors and is thankful for the positive change she can achieve with her work. Charlotte loves good food, which is somewhat surprising considering her cooking skills; she’d rather break her fingernails boxing than wrestling in the kitchen.
MBA., Head of Consulting
After finishing his business law studies, Ben started his career in Campus Recruiting at UBS and continued his journey at Google. He figured out that technology, digitalization, and change management with an eye for the people is dear to his heart. Ben is a creative problem solver with a growth mindset, which he showed while helping several startups to grow and scale quickly. He always kept his eye on doing more and improving the organization as a whole.
His goal is to make the HR journey for everyone enjoyable, simpler, and faster. Life-long learning is also one of Ben’s core characteristics, who did his Masters degree and MBA while working. He wrote his thesis about technology in talent acquisition.
MBA., Team Lead Tech Recruiter
Tabeen wakes up in the morning with the excitement of connecting with new talent and help find them great careers. Though technology and innovation have inspired her from school days, her passion lies in indulging in meaningful conversations with people and understanding their lives, backgrounds and career aspirations.
After graduating in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she followed her calling to work in the Human Resources industry. An MBA in Human Resources and Marketing kickstarted her career in Talent Acquisition as a Technical Recruiter with the Publicis Groupe.
Working in a cross-cultural organization has given her the chance to interact with and imbibe learnings from people across diverse backgrounds, cultures, mindsets and geographies. An insatiable level of curiosity pushes her to learn new things every day and she loves exploring new processes and tools that help improve her work.
MBA., Team Lead Recruiting
After finishing her Bachelor‘s in Computer Science, she realised she’s more of a people person than computer geek. That‘s when her dream to be HR profession kick started. After, she finished her Master’s in Personnel Management and gained a diploma in marketing management.
She set her foot as HR executive into Telecom industry and then to wellness & beauty industry as HR specialist. Later on, she moved to Dubai where she worked as Recruitment consultant, then for the past few years she has been working as freelance recruiter. Her hobbies are gardeningand cooking.
Anna joined Speedinvest Heroes as a working student in August 2020. She’s excited to put her previously acquired knowledge from her business studies to use by supporting our recruiting team. She enjoys the comprehensive challenges of HR, is always eager to connect people with their next opportunities to grow and to thrive in their new work environment.
Before coming on board, she gained practical experience through various internships and working as an assistant manager for a local gym.
Working as a Senior HR Consultant, Jennifer has been part of Speedinvest Heroes from the very beginning. Her primary tasks involve supporting startups with recruiting by finding suitable team members and advising them about any process related questions.
Jennifer describes herself as a very open, communicative and curious person who enjoys exploring the unknown and facing any challenges that come with the territory. For this reason, it has always been clear that she wants to work with people to be inspired by their individuality and diversity. Studying Psychology was the first important step she took towards developing her future in this direction. In her Master’s studies, she focused on work- and organizational Psychology and subsequently entered the field of HR. In order to achieve a holistic picture of HR Management during her studies, Jennifer worked for various national and international companies offering services for Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources Development, Recruiting and Executive Search. It was in cooperation with Roland Wadl (QMC), one of the managing partners, which finally enabled her to enter the startup world and brought her to Speedinvest Heroes. Setting up this new HR Company has been an incredible experience for Jennifer. From the start, it has been an absolute pleasure for her to be a part of the founding team and build a unique company that focuses exclusively on the needs of startups. She says: “Working with startups has given me an entirely new perspective. I am inspired daily by the huge amounts of creativity and commitment involved. At Speedinvest Heroes, we want to find the best possible employees so that the startup founders are relieved of this task and can focus on other key aspects of growing their companies.” As a Psychologist, it is in Jennifer’s nature to want to work with and get to know different people and to recognize and promote their potential. Speedinvest Heroes is a brand new and exciting chapter. Let the journey begin…
MA., Senior HR Consultant
Desi has a versatile experience in a criss-cross of roles (customer relations, sales, team leading, training and coaching) in small tech companies as well as corporates (Booking.com). She thrives in teams. She believes in life-long learning and the ability of individuals and groups to change and evolve to achieve something bigger than themselves.
In her work, she has learned that building a high-trust innovative culture entails adopting unbeaten and novel ways of doing things and putting people before pixels. The way to get there is to ensure collaborative and transparent processes at every level and stage of development of organisations. Trust the process and the synergy effect of teams and what they can achieve together, “the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts”. Always.
Desi likes to do yoga, play board games or go for a run.
MSc., HR Consultant
Chinwe is currently concluding a double degree Master’s programme in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and sustainability. During her studies she was enlightened to the fact that these key ideologies begets successful companies when properly channeled through the most important asset of a company, which is people! Her experience in recruitment whilst working with management consulting companies, fueled her decision to continue her career path in recruitment.
Chinwe has varieties of hobbies; including playing card and board games, catching up with friends, listening to good music, trying new recipes and enriching her culinary experience.
BA., HR Consultant
Era is currently studying international management and her past experiences include recruiting and sales. She always enjoyed being and working with people, however her passion for HR she discovered during her last HR internship where she decided this was a career path she wanted to take. Tech recruiting is something she hasn’t done before and a challenge she is really excited to take on.
She is a nerd at heart, her favourite thing to do on quiet days is to curl up with a good book. She has been singing and playing the piano since she was 6. On particularly challenging days, Era likes to go swimming and it helps her clear her head.
Ana Diaz Lamothe
MA., HR Consultant
Ana started her career in the finance industry, but soon discovered her passion for people and decided to pursue a career focused on Human Resources instead. Her areas of expertise include performance evaluation, recruiting, training assessment, conflict management, benefits, and compensation. Ana’s background studies and working experience add up to a tech-driven HR Professional. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, a master’s in Business Administration with a minor in people management, and a MA in Sciences, Technology & Society.
Ana enjoys laughing, talking to people, and having a good time. Her main leisure activities include cooking, crafts, picnics, and watching movies.
MIB., Junior HR Consultant
Paula completed her International Business studies in Cluj-Napoca, where she also found her passion for HR while working as a team assistant in the Human Resources department at Bosch. She moved to Vienna in September 2020 in search for a new challenge and growth opportunities as her curious nature called the shots. A year later, she joined the Speedinvest Heroes team as an HR intern.
Paula‘s favourite activities vary a lot depending on her mood, some days she likes being in her own presence with a good book and her cat, other days she decides to take up motorcycle lessons and go at it. Winter used to be her season until snow became a scarcity but despite this, she promised herself that she’ll never give her snowboard up.
After finishing her Bachelor‘s degree in International Management in Graz and Chile in June 2020, Caro spend the past year diving into the world of HR as an intern at Peek & Cloppenburg. Passionate about people and supporting in finding the right fit, she joined the Recruiting team as a Working Student in fall 2021, at the same time as starting her Master’s degree in Management at WU.
Due to lots of international experience and her open and solution-oriented mindset, her specialty lies in connecting with people with different backgrounds and she is more than eager to put those qualities into practice in the dynamic startup environment.
Caro draws her energy from social interaction and outdoor activities. On weekends you will find her 99% of the time out and about, either out with friends, on weekend trips or in the mountains. As a super active person that can never stays put and enjoys nature and music, it doesn‘t really matter whether its hiking, biking, tennis or bar crawls. Caro is that kind of person you can either go on fancy city trips or adventurous backpacking trips with - as long as there’s something new to discover, good company and good music she’ll always be the one to call!
Valerie is currently studying Psychology and joined Speedinvest Heroes in October 2021. She supports the tech recruiting team as a working student. In the past she has gained professional experience as a Scientific Associate with a focus on Psychology where she had multiple opportunities to gain insight into HR, Project management and even got the chance to witness a developer build an online tool based on a project concept she wrote herself.
She took her interest in HR and Technology with her and is now more than excited to build on her experience and help people realize their full potential in their careers. Being an absolute ambivert, Valerie’s hobbies are on both sides of the spectrum. Whether it be curling up on the couch with a book after lighting one of her many scented candles, walking through the streets of Vienna in the early morning hours, watching the ongoings in a busy Viennese cafe or dancing at a festival with hundreds of people, she always likes to feel a sense of peace, contentment and connection.
Valerie is graduated at the tourism and hospitality school „Modul“ in Vienna. During her school time she completed various internships in the service sector (e.g. working at the UEFA EURO in Paris for Do&Co). Finished her bachelor studies last year in June. In her fifth semester of university she started her first HR internship at a Bank and stayed there for one year. During her various internships and school experiences, she developed her passion for people.
She is eager to learn and love new challenges. In her free time she spends a lot of time with her friends and also do a lot of sports. She also loves nature - in winter you will find her skiing in Tyrol and during summertime either hiking or chilling at an Austrian lake.
BA., Junior HR consultant
After several years of working in communications, consulting and creative conception, Fanziska has decided to pursue her dream Master’s Degree. Her people skills have always been the most important asset along the way, connecting with people and supporting them in putting their talents forward gives her a lot of joy. This is exactly why she wanted to join Speedinvest Heroes and turn her passion for people into a job that she’s passionate about.
Franziska is a very social and creative person who loves being out and about and active. She enjoys spending time with her favorite people, preferably in warm weather since she’s a total summer person.
MBA., Working Student Recruiting
From the start of his Bachelors degree, Ahmed was clear about his future choice of field which is Human Resource Management and he has remained committed to this passion ever since. Working in different companies in HR and Recruiting developed his skills by knowing the importance of the human touch. Being a social person, interested in cultural diversity and his passion for people makes him the perfect fit for the Heroes team.
Ahmed is a particularly social and outgoing person, who loves travelling and exploring novel things. Moreover, he enjoys going to festivals where he cannot just enjoy a variety of music but also get to know many new people.
Federica joined Speedinvest Heroes in June 2020 to support the marketing team. She acquired in-depth marketing knowledge during her MSc at WU Vienna and she gained practical experience in different working environments. With commitment and enthusiasm, she is ready to rise to any challenge!
She is particularly interested in digital and performance marketing and working with startups is where she sees herself since her experiences at Das Packhaus in Vienna and Studocu in Amsterdam. During her free time she loves to bike around and express herself with watercolor and colored pencils.
BSc., Digital Marketing Manager
As the perfect start to 2021, Kristina joins Speedinvest Heroes. Before taking on the exciting opportunity as a digital marketing & content manager, Kristina graduated with a bachelor’s in Marketing and Management in 2019. During and after her studies, she gained relevant knowledge and work experiences in different parts of the world. She recently worked in Norway where she had a wide variety of tasks such as content creation on socials, launching a website, and admin tasks.
Kristina has a passion for digital marketing and loves to use her creativity to promote meaningful services. She finds happiness through creative channels such as photography, painting, and loves a spontaneous hike or traveling.
After a semi professionell motocross career, Chris started to work at one of the biggest event companies of Austria (DocLX). Started there from the bottom, he got soon promoted as the sales manager of X-Jam Vienna - the biggest graduation trip for young adults in Europe. After he built his own unit as a Content Marketer as well, he did the new concept for X-Jam. For him the most important thing is to built up a sustainable product on 3 characteristics: authentic, relevant and to differentiate according to the Brand Purpose.
Beside Sponsoring and Cooperations, he was always leading a big sales group, which does make him passionate about people and their needs to keep them motivated. When Covid hit, he decided to start finishing his BA degree in Marketing and Sales and also made experience in a health tech startup, called Doctify Ltd.
Since his entire life was about sports, he’s still into it. Beside from that he REALLY loves good food as well as he like to travel. Friends are also a big part in his life and reading books keeps him calm. He enjoys good old classy films as well and a little party never killed nobody.
Fabio finished his Bachelor‘s degree in International Business Administration at WU Vienna and HEC Montréal in early 2021 and followed up with an internship in project management. While he started his Master’s degree in marketing in fall 2021, he also joined the Speedinvest Heroes team. He is now a working student, assisting in the platform marketing team. He is particularly interested in digital- and data-driven marketing.
Whenever Fabio is not working or studying, he enjoys spending time in nature, either in his home region of Vorarlberg or around Vienna. He is also very passionate about movies, going to the cinema almost every week. Moreover, he loves to cook for his family and friends and loves traveling.
MSc., Product Development Intern
After working for a Startup Accelerator and a leading consulting firm, Kimmy completed her Master‘s Degree in Small Business & Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. She’s especially curious about startups, innovation and human connection. She’s an optimist and a constant learner.
If Kimmy isn‘t working, you’ll find her in the woods with her dogs, volunteering for a non-profit organisation, going for a night run, reading a book while listening to her favourite songs, or simply helping her mum with gardening.
With a passion for creating, David came to Vienna on a mission to master the arts. After 3 years, he graduated from the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. He began his first position in Vienna as a assistant manager for the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art Cultural Space. From his experience as an assistant manager, he began to develop a interest for marketing and content creation. This later lead him to take on his Ba in Marketing and Sales. He has also worked as a freelance videographer for various music labels and online businesses.
From painting to digital design, David is a passionate creator. He enjoys being outside in nature, visit museums, and cooking new dishes. He is a lover of music and finds great joy in discovering new artists and what people like to listen to. Since his entire life was about sports, he’s still into it. Beside from that he REALLY loves good food as well as he likes to travel. Friends are also a big part in his life and reading books keeps him calm. He enjoys good old classy films as well and a little party never killed nobody.
When you want to disrupt the market you have to be able to create an innovative and highly qualitative software and be able to outpace your competitors. This is the reason why Stefan joined the Heroes with his expertise in engineering and leadership!
Stefan has a natural curiosity and is continuously working to broaden his knowledge and extend his field of expertise. His early career had a strong focus on development and optimising development processes.
In more recent history, Stefan proved his talent for building and leading teams. He always had a "people first" mindset, concentrating on leading the direction towards the goal but always leaving enough room for each individual to grow. In his spare time, he describes himself as a tech nerd that always wants to know what is the latest development in the technology market and wants to try all the new tools and gadgets that are available.
BA., Team Lead Data Science
Carina has a background in Sociology and Statistics and her experience ranges from working in research institutes, at a university, in corporate companies in finance and in a scale-up. She is particularly interested in developing and shaping data products together with people from different backgrounds while having a lot of flexibility.
Joining a start-up like Speedinvest Heroes where data is the core vision is therefore the next best step. As a person with a broad interest, she enjoys running and hiking but also binge watching the latest Netflix show with a cup of ice cream. If she seeks some inner peace gardening and adopting new plants is the preferred choice.
MSc., Full-Stack Software Developer
José has a background in the Banking Area, but he always had been passionate about technology. In 2018 he decided to shift his career and started studying programming by himself.
What he likes the most about engineering is the constant challenge and the rewarding feeling of creating something from nothing. He‘s excited to join Heroes, where he’ll have the opportunity to create new technologies that will help people to change their careers, and take control of their lives.
BSc., Senior Frontend Developer
Iva likes to create stuff that works but also look good. Functionality and aesthetics are equally important to her. She also has a background in classical music, which has allowed her to strongly develop her creative side, but then she found engineering very enjoyable because she appreciates precision and love to explore human-machine interaction.
She is a gym rat. After a working day, she usually hits the gym right away. She loves to watch true-crime mini-series and she is a devoted fan of some great science-related podcasts.
MA., Product Owner
Karin is part of Speedinvest Heroes since 2020 February. Her journey took her from a digital marketing internship to the technical side, being fully responsible for content, SEO & website development. These areas made her realize, that product management is her passion. Ever since, she‘s taking on product owner as well as product manager responsibilities.
She loves numbers and finished her Master‘s in International Trade and Export Management. On the fun side, she is a person of many interests. 100+ plants in the flat? Sciency documentaries about the universe? Writing own poems? You name it! She’s also a very energetic person, always happy to bike around the city or have a boxing class.
With a background in Psychology and a Masters in Behavioral Economics from Maastricht University, he aims to combine academic rigor with practical solutions. With experiences in consulting, innovation and start up experience, he thrives on bringing ideas to life. Beyond research, charts and JF, Simon finds real meaning in helping young talents find their path and succeed. For that purpose, he joined in November 2021 as Product Manager.
After a short interlude at a Innovation Consulting firm, Simon started as a Hr Consultant at Speedinvest Heroes, where he now focuses on project management, especially for grant applications where he especially loves the ideation part. Simon is always eager to talk about ideas and generally very open minded – unless it’s about the serious matter of food. Besides, in his free time he loves to go surfing and of course play football.
BSc., Junior Data Scientist
Theresa joined Speedinvest Heroes as a Junior Data Scientist in January 2021 after completing her Bachelor studies in London followed by a Data Science Boot Camp in Berlin. She is passionate about exploiting the potential of data analytics to boost business success through a company’s most valuable asset: its people.
She discovered her interest in combining numbers and psychological aspects during various internships in Consulting, HR and Corporate Development. In her freetime, Theresa loves to surround herself with friends and family and travel to history-charged cities. She also celebrates being Austrian by skiing and eating loads of Schnitzel.
BSc., Freelance Brand Designer
David has always been interested in design, and how it influences every-day lives & decisions, which is why he started learning more about branding, especially brand design and its effects on businesses’ perceptions.
In his freetime he enjoys watching movies, photography, and going hiking with his family dog. While he‘s not a particularly extroverted person, he gets along with people nicely and likes being part of a team, in which he doesn’t shy away from expressing his opinions, or suggestions.
MA., Chief Operating Officer
Lisa has gained a wide experience in HR after working in several large companies, she then decided to dedicate herself and evolve more into the management side of business. She is now excited to have joined Speedinvest Heroes as their COO. With Lisa’s enthusiasm and passion, there is no room for the “It can’t be done” attitude, but more, every problem has a solution. Lisa is here to strengthen every hero and make sure they reach their full potential.
Lisa is a very social person and likes to be in contact and exchange with other people. She loves reading and constantly developing herself and finds it hard to sit still in her free time - she dissipates her energy in yoga, squash and boxing.
Nonkululeko is a seasoned Human Resources professional who has a track record of working with Executive Teams, assisting them to develop and implement successful Management Strategies that drives organisational performance. She possesses the ability of working and leading diverse teams to deliver good results in fast-paced working environment.
She believes that the success of any organisation lies in its people, and when they are well nurtured, the organisation can yield best performance results. Her passion and strength are HR strategy development and implementation, HR business process mapping, employee relationship management, leadership development and couching, organisational change and culture management. She has worked both in public and private sectors (financial and logistics industries). She is a member of South African Board of People Practice. She is also worked as an independent HR consultant, providing HR expert advice to small/medium size business on best HR practices. She is a philanthropist who is dedicated in improving the lives of our young generation.
She loves travelling, building relationships, cooking, specially South African Cuisine and baking.
After an internship in summer 2019, Bernhard joined Speedinvest Heroes as a working student in October 2020. The world of startups has always fascinated him and he is thrilled to be directly involved.
He sees the opportunity to put his knowledge from his business studies into practice as extremely valuable and is looking forward to the challenges to come.
Team Assistant & Office Manager
After graduating as a paralegal, she worked in Groupon‘s Research & Analysis team. Since moving to Vienna, she had been working as an office manager / assistant. She’s a very attentive person and takes initiative in her work.
Kristin spends her free time outside, reads scandinavian thrillers and likes to go to concerts with friends. She also enjoys eating, whether in a restaurant or cooking herself.
Alexander finished his MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and his CEMS Master in Barcelona and joined Speedinvest Heroes as a Founders Associate in fall 2021. After multiple years in the luxury hospitality industry, he discovered his passion for human-centred innovation and the startup world.
Throughout his career the people aspect was always at the center which is reflected in his professional as well as private endeavours and makes him a great fit for our team. He loves creative tasks and problem-solving. Something he can perfectly put to use as helping hand to Maria, Lukas and the wider team. Outside the office, Alexander is a passionate cook who loves to host dinner parties, prefers to spend his Sundays hiking up mountains with friends and going to the theater.
Sandra started her studies at the University of Economics in Vienna - WU. Before she was finishing her Bachelor degree, she got interested in the world of accounting because of math. She was really good in math because logical thinking was her strength. Then she started an education of accounting at WIFI.
Sandra likes puzzling, to solve sudokus and to play chess.