I'm a business guy on the intersection between product & tech. Discovering what people like is my passion. I'm based in Berlin.
I have been working on several startups and projects over the last decade, mostly related to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), business-to-business applications and messaging including an international tech conference on everything related to chatbots.
Find below a quick overview of my past and present work.
You can also find me online on Twitter (@_bernhard)
oratio – Connecting Businesses and Customers on Messengers
Co-founder and CEO 2015 – 2018
The latest venture oratio aimed to enable businesses to connect with their customers on on messaging service including Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Viber, Telegram and Kik.
How did oratio work?
Let's say as a customer you wanted to chat on Facebook Messenger with an online shop regarding your latest order. After sending your initial message, you would get a response from the company with your the details regarding your latest order! That way you can make changes easily through channels you as a customer are already using on a daily basis.
oratio also offered support for teams, various messaging networks and enabled businesses to either connect personally with their customers or with help from smart chatbots.
Seedcamp, a London-based early stage fund, invested in oratio early 2016 as well as the Vienna Business Agency in 2017.
Organizer 2016 – 2017
As Team oratio, we started our first international conference on everything messaging, AI and chatbots in October 2016.
The latest edition ChatbotConf 2017 was hosted at Erste Campus in Vienna on 2–3rd October 2017 and featured 26 international speakers from Facebook Messenger, Google, Twitter, Slack, Microsoft, Amazon and many more companies and relevanr startups from the messaging industry.
We were able to attract more than 500 guests in total to listen to talks on two stages on 'Conference Day' of ChatbotConf 2017. The first day, 'Community Day', featured events organized by and for the community all over Vienna.
sharedspaces.at – Workplaces for Creatives
What started as a side project quickly became Austria's most important resource for workplaces for creatives such as coworking spaces, office spaces and more.
sharedspaces.at was a proof-of-concept to learn more about bootstrapping a two-sided marketplaces and how to create platforms based on them.
We initally faced the problem of neither having spaces on the platform, nor having any visitors because of the inital problem of not having any content. To overcome this problem we started to source spaces ourselves and put them on the platform on behalf of the owners.
Once we put an initial ~20 spaces online, the platform became self-sustaining in a way that more users became interested in finding spaces which led to more owners wanting to be listed on sharedspaces themselves. SEO is the most important driver of traffic.
sharedspaces is now close to listing 500 spaces from all across the country, but is not actively maintained since 2015.
oratio – Re-thinking online discussions
Co-founder and CEO 2012 – 2014
The very first project – and later the first company I founded – was (also) named oratio. It all started during my studies at the University of Graz, when I tought myself to code. I began to learn PHP, MySQL, HTML and CSS in my free time.
Instead of practicing my skills by dummy examples, I wanted to work on an actual project. My idea was that online discussion could be much easier if you structure questions ('Statements') and reactions ('Reactions') side by side, either Pro or Con.
The project was never intended to become an actual company as it was lacking a proper business model, market analysis and a problem worth solving in the first place, but we kept working on it in our free time.
In 2014 however, Axel Springer Plug and Play, a Berlin-based accelerator, invested in the company which allowed us to start working full-time on it. After some iterations we eventually decided to not continue working on the idea because of the aforementioned problems, but it laid the foundation for every future venture I have been working on ever since.
Co-founder 2012 – 2014
Back again when I was studying at the Univserity of Graz, I co-founded an NGO named IdeenTriebwerk Graz with three other friends. Its goal was to attract more students to either found or join local startups.
We organized events of different sizes – from informal monthly meetups to weekend-long hackathons – to make it easy for everyone to dive into everything related tech and startups.
I'm not actively involved anymore after moving away from Graz, but I'm happy to see that the organization is now more vibrant than ever before. After moving to Vienna, I started working as a Project Manager for the nation-wide initiave AustrianStartups.