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My name is Sebastian Scheerer. I am a designer, tech startup founder, and business consultant from Berlin, Germany. I love building things:
Co-founded and headed the design team of the first cross-platform todo list. Acquired by Microsoft.
We founded ottonova in 2016 to make healthcare easier. It's become the health insurance with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry.
If so, you have come to the right place. I started Superfounder.io to help first-time founders achieve their dreams faster and with more fun. Whether you are still at your job thinking about founding your first startup but not sure to approach it, or you already incorporated your company and want to raise funding, improve your app or convert more customers. These are the things I can help you with.
As a student, my grades were poor and I barely graduated. My lack of a university education and my parents' concerns about my job prospects made it seem like things were not looking good for me.
I took on small jobs at a supermarket, moving company, and office chair factory, and lived with my stepmother (a painter) until she kicked me out.
I moved to Berlin to start an internship at a company that created erotic websites, but I quickly quit and found myself unemployed and relying on social security for almost 5 years.
I hit rock bottom and felt like things were not going well for me.
But there was something I did constantly which many people couldn’t see. And I didn’t really know what was going to come from it either. Ever since I got my hands on a computer for the first time I was excited about what you could do with this magical device.
It dawned on me that there had to be people who got paid creating games (and websites). I wanted to know everything about it. That’s what I spent my time doing.
From the outside it looked like just slacking around in my room. Most people thought I was just playing computer games. But I was more interested in building stuff. I was learning and creating more than I was consuming. And this is the way to use a computer if you want to be successful.
So 2008 I started working as a freelancer and step by step got to the point where I could get off social security.
2010 I met Christian Reber and got a job in his web agency. The same year we founded Wunderlist which was acquired in 2015 by Microsoft.
One year later, in 2016, I became the co-founder and head of design for Germany's first paperless health insurance, ottonova. I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m not super smart. I don’t have a magic formula. But I have a passion… a passion to build products people love.
This makes work so much fun. Because I get to serve others while enjoying myself. Yes, I know, this sounds so corny. And admittedly it’s not all easy and fun. It’s a lot of hard work and discussions. But it’s so much easier if you’re excited about what you're doing.
At Wunderlist we always made sure we created something extraordinary. Something that people can’t wait to use. Something they can fall in love with. At ottonova, it’s a bit harder.
Health insurance is incredibly complex but we try to make it as simple and accessible as possible. Isn’t that just the best to make a boring thing (more) fun?
If this sounds good to you and you want to create a product and company that stands out and have a ton of fun while doing it, you’re in the right place. I’ve come to where I am through a lot of luck, trial, and error. It took me ten years to get here.
But you can get there much faster. Because now I know, there are certain things which need to happen to build a successful product and business. There are tools and techniques to focus on and proven methods to follow.
This is what this page is all about: Help you become a Superfounder in your own right.
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