Julia Koch

In one sentence: What motivates you?

My daily motivation: to be part in the transformation towards a sustainable and digital future and have the chance to make a change.

In two sentences: In your opinion, why do diversity and digitalization belong together?

Digitalization is changing daily life all around the world and opening new possibilities to everyone and changing the rules. Diversity helps us think differently and brings together different people and minds to build up new ways of being human in a digital life.

In three sentences: Do you have a role model? If yes, who and why?

I don’t have a specific role model as there are so many influential people around who live for the dream of a digital, sustainable, and worthwhile future; people who break open traditional thought patterns with their ambitions and their outstanding ideas and projects. To be inspired by these people is the most important thing in my life; I get able to go my own way and to hope to inspire others myself.

Your tip for newcomers and young talent:

I learned in my life that the most important thing is to be brave and believe in yourself. Don’t hesitate to be a woman and be proud of what you do and how you see the world. Never lose the child inside, because otherwise you stop being curious about what happens around you.

Your favorite social media channel:

LinkedIn, because you get an overview about what technology is going on in the world and you get a feeling of the intention of others. It is the perfect app for getting to know many different people around the world.

Your favorite App:

PayPal, because it makes my life much easier. As I am a person who rarely has cash in my pocket I pay for my lunch via PayPal to my colleagues.

A book that changed your life:

There is no book or genre, everything can change your mind: social critique literature, management handbooks, psychology or novels. Books allow you to get deep into a theme and totally forget the world around you for the time you are reading.

What is your goal for 2019?

In 2019 I want to get on in empowering my team to get the best out of themselves. I want to enlighten a fire of curiosity and courage for digitalization within our society and strengthen the basis of our start-up. Personally, I want to find the right balance between work, me time, family and friends – this is the biggest challenge you have in digital life.