Fabian Pfortmüller is a Swiss entrepreneur in New York.
These days, Fabian is building Holstee, and also Chairman and Founder of Sandbox – the leading global community of extraordinary young achievers under 30.
In the past, Fabian built up an event-management agency in Switzerland, organized Switzerland’s largest student events, run a bar, founded the social innovation think tank Incubaker (www.incubaker.com), created XING’s offline network worldwide (www.xing.com) and was leading Swiss highschool politics on an national and international level.
Fabian holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from Columbia University. You might see him at the office desperately trying to pronounce Arabic words.
Why are you an entrepreneur?
- I became an entrepreneur because I was bored at school.
- I’m an entrepreneur today because I want to create something awesome with people I really like. I’m convinced that life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them.
- I will always be an entrepreneur because I want to have a tangible positive impact in the world. And there is no better way to do so than be an entrepreneur
About Holstee and Sandbox:
Holstee, a lifestyle brand that designs goods with a conscience and sells them online. The Holstee Manifesto, the company’s mission statement, has been shared over 80 million times online and was described by the Washington Post as “the new just do it”. The young company is based in Brooklyn, and counts a staff of 8 people. www.holstee.com
Sandbox‘s mission is to identify the most inspiring young doers worldwide, bring them together and turn them into a global family.
Sandbox provides tools that help these talents grow and achieve more, such as a very trusted peer-to-peer community, access to mentors, access to capital and incubation programs. Sandbox counts 650 hand-selected members and has active hubs in 23 cities worldwide, including 3 in China, 2 in India and is currently building hubs in Cairo, Tel Aviv, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. Sandbox aims to recruit outstanding young entrepreneurs from as many backgrounds as possible. The 2011 Forbes selection of “30 under 30″ includes 5 Sandboxers. In 2011 Sandboxers were on the front pages of Wired, Fast Company, Forbes, the Boston Globe and covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, Inc Magazine, Vogue and many other media channels. The community is managed by a professional team based in Zurich, London and Singapore.