An Evening For Our Favourite Sceptics

This is the era of post-truth and alternative facts. Pathos has completely dominated ethos and logos in all public discourse. Everything is a conspiracy and truth is discredited in a few tweets. Social media is slowly replacing our news sources and rumors have taken lives. The easier it has become to communicate, the more difficult it has become to come to grips with what is real and what is fake news.

Im Zweifel für den Zweifel: Die große Weltverschwörung(In doubt for the doubt: The great world conspiracy) is an ongoing group exhibition at the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, that highlights the power of conspiracy stories and inspires critical doubt. We often miss out on a critical part of the famous saying by Descartes – I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am (Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum). Doubt is indeed the origin of wisdom but it’s also the origin of wild conspiracy theories. A false star, surveillance technologies, photo forgeriesand forensic research– in the exhibition, the lines between truth and fiction are purposefully blurred.

On the  24thSeptember, Zeitgeist Ventures organized an exclusive viewing of this exhibition as a part of the Zeitgeist Series, which focuses on the cultural influences shaping our future. The exhibition was attended by friends, family and partners, who spent an evening through a web of fears, dreams, contradictions, doubts and nonsense spun by the curated works of international artists.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the installation “Fake Star” created by Julius von Bismarck, Richard Wilhelmer & Benjamin Maus. They meticulously created an illusion of a star, that twinkled at the onlookers, making them question their own eyes. Richard Wilhelmer, who has worked closely with Zeitgeist ventures, took the group through his ideas and shared some illuminating insights on the making of his fascinating artwork. The evening was spent reflecting on the great conspiracies of our times and how far have we come in our capacity to doubt when everything we know is now tinted by it. It is, of course, impossible to doubt we doubt. However, to what extent this process leads us to the truth is far from clear.

We are hoping to create more such experiences and events to explore the intricacies of our conspiratorial minds. #ClubOfIdeas #TheTimeIsNow

 

Entrepreneurial Energy – Interview

How Christoph Sonnen, an early employee of Red Bull, uses his background in extreme sports to help lead up-and-coming sports technology entrepreneurs.

As entrepreneurs we are hard-wired to go forward ever faster. We are all Type AAA Alphas. At that time this approach was not working, and I had to find another way.

— Christoph Sonnen

Originally from Germany, Sonnen is an accomplished entrepreneur who has lived many lives. At the young age of 14, he showed enough promise as a big wave windsurfer that he had ambitions of going pro. He chased the biggest and most dangerous waves from Africa, to Australia to Hawaii—where he participated in the Maui Ocean Academy, a specialized boarding school for top wave windsurf athletes.

In the early ’90s, through his surfing connections, Sonnen joined an interesting—but floundering—beverage startup called Red Bull. The small team at Red Bull was scratching and clawing to get its new energy drink into the right sports marketing channels, but was hitting wall after wall in gyms and other sporting facilities. In a bold stroke, they decided to market Red Bull to bars—that decision (and many others) resulted in a seismic shift in the energy drink landscape. Sonnen managed to get distribution to all of the top accounts in Berlin, then in the inverse to the Leonard Cohen song, the company set out to take Manhattan…

Read the full article here.

Worth Sports Summit 2017 – Panel

Earlier this week I had the privilege to take part of the Worth Sports Summit 2017 which took place in the impressive Dr. Philips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.  

It was my pleasure to participate in a panel, moderated by Burst’s CEO and founder, Bryant Mcbride about the future of Sports business and the macro trends we are currently seeing in the industry. I shared the stage with three awesome individuals; Zachary Leonsis, VP and GP at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Flavio Augusto da Silva, majority owner and Chairman of Orlando City SC and Gordon Smith, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer at USTA. We each shared our experiences and expressed our view of the Sports world and the opportunities we see within it. Additionally, I gave a short overview of the startups we have in our current batch and was happy to discover the level of interest and excitement among the participants.

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In the picture, from left to right: Bryant McBride, Christoph Sonnen, Zachary Lenses, Flavio Augusto da Silva and Gordon smith.

The summit hosted key influencers and innovators including civic leaders, sports team owners, c-level executives, athletes, entrepreneurs, academics and investors from the US and internationally, who exchanged ideas and gathered industry intelligence while forging new relationships. The 2017 summit featured presentations and panel discussions covering a range of topics including economic and cultural impact, the evolution of sports consumption and the technology that will transform how we play, watch and engage with sports in the future.

Worth summit also featured technology pitches in which high potential early stage companies presented their business plans to accomplished executives and investors. The Sports Technology Pitch Panels featured eight companies chosen by Worth that are poised to make a meaningful impact in the ecosystem of sports – great job guys!

Orlando is home to several professional sports teams and numerous organisations, academic institutions and sports industry businesses including: Orlando Magic, Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride, University of Central Florida, EA Sports, ESPN Wide World of Sports, the new USTA $60mil state of the art facility, largest in the U.S,  which includes 100 tennis courts, and the Florida Citrus Bowl among others- therefore, hosting such a Sportstech focused event is a perfect match.

During this one day event, thought leaders from around the globe gathered as speakers and guests for an interactive day to share ideas on sports innovation, build relationships and engage in discussions on how sports can foster economic growth and contribute to meaningful social impact.

I would like to thank all the participants and the great team at Worth for organising yet another amazing event – see you next year! Additionally, special thanks to my friends from Albany / Travistock Lake Nona Golf Country Club (live, work play–love it) who hosted us for a fun day of Golfing and socialising.

My Best,

Christoph

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About The Worth Group

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Gründerszene – Tim Krieglstein about leAD sports

Gründerszene is the magazine for founders, startups and investors in the digital economy. News and portraits from the scene are just as much a part of Gründerszene’s work as the exchange with interested parties and actors.

Watch Tim Krieglstein speaking about his recent project leAD sports accelerator.