I was born on April 6th, 1966 in Munich, Germany. My mother insisted on naming me “Frank” because she was a big fan of Frank Sinatra at the time. Yes, my hairline is receding, but I’m still in good shape and trying to improve my tennis skills.
For more than two decades now I’ve been working in PR and web design. At first glance an unusual combination, but it has its history: In the mid ’90s the bigger companies began to discover the value of the web and decided to assign this task to their marketing departments. They produced all the content but had no clue how the web really worked. So they tracked down the lonely server guy at the end of a distant floor. Their first encouter was a complete disaster because the marketing and tech people didn’t understand each other. Different worlds, different languages.
Somehow I managed to mediate between both worlds. At the end I found myself well positioned as an expert for online communications. Even before the Internet started to get traction, I was well connected with the magical world of mailboxes and online services such as CompuServe, AppleLink and eWorld.
In recent years I have spent my time working on several web and intranet projects for international IT organizations — Apple, Boinx Software, Gateway, Kaspersky Lab, MDS — to name a few. Some of them have ceased to exist, paying their tribute to the dot-com crisis in 2000, or were acquired by bigger companies.
A second group of companies I work with are venture capital and investment consulting organizations. Several healthcare and academic entities can also be found on my client list.
I hold a master’s degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Social & Economic History from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and an unfinished doctoral thesis on my hard disk. When I’m ready, I plan to delete it.