Heading to Silicon Valley

I just got off the phone with Christian Gehl, founder of TRIFENSE, a network security company and also the new CTO of Fair Observer. Fair Observer is a multinational magazine and also the company where I am looking forward to stay as an intern during the summer.

Fair Observer provides analysis of and context for issues, trends and events of global significance – with focus on business and politics in the first place. Fair Observer’s aim is to overcome the current broken news media model, which is event driven and often lacks historical, cultural and religious context. They provide so-called 360° analysis with a plurality of perspectives from all over the world.

Fair Observer Heading to Silicon Valley

Founded in 2010 by Atul Singh, Fabian Neuen and Dr. Christian R. Becker, Fair Observer has now over 300 content contributors and an advisory board including the former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton, former Indian Foreign Minister Singh Jaswanth, former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer and former German Ambassador Ulrich Hemel among others.

I first met Fabian last year in Munich at the launch event of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, one of the partners and where I also currently work as a student assistant. Fabian, who has a background in strategy consulting, investment banking and venture capital is a super nice guy who was promoted to be amongst the Siemens’ youngest managers world-wide only shortly before he decided to launch Fair Observer. He instinctively knew to excite me for this venture and just recently introduced me to Atul Singh and Dr. Christian R. Becker. Christian is driving Fair Observer’s Business Development and has experience in the field of management consulting, despite his research and experience in curative medicine. Atul, who originally came up with the idea of Fair Observer studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, English Literature and History at Lucknow University in India, trained as a lawyer in London and got his MBA at Wharton with a triple major in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Strategy.

With such a skilled and experienced founding team, Fair Observer was recently able to partner up with the German Silicon Valley Accelerator and relocated their operational headquarters from Washington D.C. and Munich to Sunnyvale, California. Which brings us back to today, where I spoke with Christian Gehl about my role as an intern. I am very excited and grateful to join Fair Observer on their adventure.

Heading to Silicon Valley - Fair Observer

As of June 2012, I will stay in Sunnyvale – “the heart of Silicon Valley” – for three months doing front end development. And since my bachelor’s degree in computer science is now befinished and my master’s degree will not start before September, this opportunity is also very well timed.

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