Meet the NEXT mentors: Timo Glaser



You have gotten to know quite some interesting mentors so far. The NEXT programme is only hours away (ok, 2 days, but it feels just like mere hours), so here we go with another mentors: Timo Glaser. He is the owner and CEO of commehr which envisions an IT landscape that is easy to understand. Timo basically revolutionized the customer services of commehr, but read for yourself about the visionary:


To get to know you a bit better: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you coming from, what did you do and what did you study?

I grew up in Berlin which is still one of my favorite cities in the world. After school, I studied computer science in Berlin and Shanghai. During my time in China, I founded an experience sharing network with local chapters all over Asia. Afterwards, I completed my PhD in the field of information security, worked in the field of knowledge and process management and founded two companies. My main locations were Berlin, Shanghai, Zurich and Ghana. Today, I lead a Berlin-based system integrator, providing centrally-managed IT-services for medium-sized businesses – especially for the German startup and e-commerce community.

On a professional level: How do you define success in business? What was your biggest success?

Making yourself replaceable by building a great team. Empowering people.

What do you want to teach people attending SW Next?

Do what you love.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing to focus on as a young founder?

Building a great team.

What do you hope for your mentees to take away from Next and your mentoring?

Always talk about your ideas, wishes, problems and demands – in professional but also in private life. Others will step up, share their own experiences and you will grow together.

How do you want to help your mentees to succeed?

By sharing my personal experiences.

What was the most inspiring moment at your workplace commehr?

Seeing how our team members always help each other – any time of the day.


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All the best,

Your Startup Weekend Berlin Team