Speakers’ Spotlight: Fabian Dittrich
We are excited to introduce you to Fabian, our closing keynote. Read something different and get to know Fabian by scrolling down. 🙂
So, who is Fabian Dittrich?
I have always been curious by nature. I love to explore the world around me – near and far, discover cultures, collect stories and learn languages. My curiosity for the unknown had brought me through 70+ countries during the last 15 years of traveling or living and working abroad.
Besides being a long term traveler I also grew up in the tech world. Half my teens were spent hunched over a Commodore 64 and later the Amiga computer and I developed a passion for everything related to tech world and gained some developer experience. After working for several startups, a crazy coincidence brought me to Zendesk where I spent two exciting years as a very happy and dedicated employee until eventually I created my own company.
Despite immediate success however, I soon lacked the sense of adventure I had gotten used to during my travels and so I decided to convert helpando.it into a nomad company, running my business from an old Land Rover.
The whole thing turned into StartupDiaries – driving 20.000km from Argentina to Colombia and meeting people who redefine work along the way. After being featured in Wired and several other tech publications I now became a public speaker talking about the future of work and how technology can improve life quality if we let go of established but questionable organizational structures.
I love music (Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Deep Purple, etc), playing the guitar and singing. I currently do not strive to visit any more countries as I am happy in my mountain house in Montenegro.
1. How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
The unimaginable happened. Me, the restless traveler and thrill seeker settled down in house I bought in Montenegro, at least for now. Beside the slow and healthy lifestyle I am living now, what is really amazing is how stable and fast the Internet is there. With a small 4G modem I can be at the beach, in a cave or on top of a mountain and still have calls with clients or download bigger chunks of data. The company is doing very well and I am delegating more and more work away from me so I can focus on creative work such as photography, writing and video-editing.
2. Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?
After 15 years of a roller coaster lifestyle, traveling and living around the world I now decided to settle down for a while. I bought a house in nature on a hill next to the sea in Montenegro and can see myself living there for a while. If the past many summers were spent enjoying everything wonderful city of Berlin has to offer, and travelling the world from Morocco to Ghana and from Iceland to Jamaica and Cuba, this year is all about winding down, eating healthy, exploring the outdoors and exercising in nature, making campfires, spending time with friends, and taking time out to read and write and improve my music, video and photographer skills.
3. What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?
I will be talking about my adventures of being the CEO of a nomad company, especially about how two colleagues and I managed to run our company from a land rover defender while we drove from Argentina to Colombia, working from crazy places along the way and how this work and lifestyle influenced the way we work now. I’ll be mixing adventurous stories with an overarching theme – how today, thanks to the internet, tools and technology we can dramatically improve the quality of our work and lifestyle when realizing that:
- 1) work no longer has to happen in an office, that
- 2) trust in employees will ultimately lead to more productivity than control and that
- 3) since no-one can truly prepare for the unknown, a good way to practice is to stay flexible, challenge your routine, your beliefs your scenery.
Real travel, the educational kind, can happen across town or in the next neighborhood. All it takes is a bit of faith and some curiosity?
4. What inspired you to attend?
I was contacted by Quest for Quality to give the closing speech. Since great software plays a big part in being able to combine my work and lifestyle, it was a natural fit and I am happy to share ideas with the Q4Q audience.
5. Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
As I am driving around a lot in my land rover I use my time behind the wheel to listen to podcasts to stay updated. I listen to: Joe Rogan, Sam Harris, Radiolab, 99% Invisible, The Tim Ferris Show, News Podcasts, etc.
6. How can people find out more about what you are working on?
On my website www.fabiandittrich.com which I never update 🙂 You get a more up to date view of what I am up to on my instagram: @thegobetween