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An international business angel and consultant with over 15 years experience in the digital world. He was involved in global trends such as eBay, Online-Video, eCommerce and Couponing. He helps startups to grow and expand internationally and is co-founder of several own startups.
Heissam Hartmann Founder of Passiontainment – My Journey
I was born in communist East Berlin, Germany, at a time when opportunities were few and far between. My early life was a struggle, and I learned quickly that being smart wasn’t the same as being clever. I started to use ideas to change my life path. I discovered the world of computers, and when the internet arrived I knew I had to take my chance.
My first idea was creating an online fansite for Michael Jackson that would create a community of fans with a shared passion, and that was the day everything changed. I knew that bringing fans together with big stars could create real online synergy. I took my concept to Jackson’s management and my first partnership was born. My next step was creating online charity auctions for Germany’s first online auction platform, Alando.de, which later became eBay .
From then on, I have always worked at the crossroads between cutting edge internet ventures and world class entertainment. Passiontainment is the culmination of 15 years building a career which has been the polar opposite of the typical corporate climb up the ladder.
Along the way I helped build eBay Austria and Switzerland from scratch, grew new business at the largest German online video community, MyVideo, which was later acquired by ProSiebenSat.1 TV Broadcasting Group. I have also held senior level and CEO positions at the online postcard service AhaOho, fashion shopping club brands4friends and group buying platform Rebate Networks.
As an entrepreneur and investor, I have been instrumental in building over a dozen new enterprises such as BusExpress, an online transport booking engine, The SaaS Co., a leader in b2b software as service solutions, and Cornelsen Films, a film production company.
Today, in addition to my work at Passiontainment, I continue to work as an angel investor and advisor to startups, fashion, motion picture and music projects. I have recently founded Berlin’s first SnapChat agency.
To learn more, please visit my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heissam
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