I’m Dirk and I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. That thought me early on that we can change everything for the better and should not take anything for granted. In my daily work, I challenge entrepreneurs, transform companies and inspire people to make change happen and tell engaging stories. I just so happen to do that as an advisor, coach and speaker.
When I’m not helping others to level up, I seek inspiration while traveling other countries and like to relax at the beach or a temple. As a world citizen at heart, I’m known for my never ending smile and kindness to my peers.
"Innovation can scale and spread through engaging stories."
How I got Here
I started my career with an internal startup and turned the Mercedes-Benz Driving Events from a side project into a brand of its own while expanding them to numerous countries. After four years, I became an entrepreneur and successfully failed my first startup that I built at the European Innovation Academy.
Since then, I've helped innovators build and scale startups in over a dozen accelerators and corporate innovation programs, including two Techstars programs, Google Launchpad, Adobe Kickbox programs by Mak3it and an accelerator for Dubai 100. I've also used my passion for public speaking to help hundreds of founders create engaging stories.
"Discovering other cultures helps us connect the dots around the world."
My Personal Side
Traveling the world is a core part of my life. Other cultures give me fresh perspectives and new ideas for innovation. For my personal focus and more clarity in my daily work, I went to the Conscious Business Institute in Santa Barbara and visit the Buddhist Monastery Plum Village on a regular basis.
Whenever I have the chance, I pay forward my learnings and insights as a coach for Seth Godin’s altMBA and when people seek a conversation based on trust, possibility and joy.
Let me know where you’ll be next and we can connect over a coffee.