In Portuguese spirits: a drink with the man behind GIN SUL

Nestled in an industrial building in Altona you will find the GIN SUL distillery. Upon entering, a spacious cool interior with azulejo-inspired tiles adorning the interior walls greeted me. I met up with the founder, Stephan Garbe, to get an insight into his entrepreneurial journey and his inspiration to create GIN SUL. I discovered a…

Time’s up for time zones: a Syrian entrepreneur and his global clock system

The future is here and it’s about time – literally. When Hussam Hebbo (31), a software engineer from Syria gone entrepreneur, once again got stuck scheduling appointments across four different time zones, he thought of a solution. hTime: an algorithmic clock that unifies time and rotates according to your location. We sat down to talk…

From maths to beer: four friends and their brewpub in Altona

Many of us have dreamed about it: opening up a bar with your friends so that you’ve always got the best things on hand: tasty beer, good people and your choice of music. For Francesco this became reality when he, together with three Italian and Spanish friends, opened up Malto: a brewpub in Altona. With Birrificio…

The Tastillery cousins go on a whisky adventure

It is 12.30 pm on a Monday and I have the smell of a 16 year old whisky in my nose. In front of me a tall shelf full of spirits, probably worth more than someone’s six month rent. However, this afternoon is not about day-drinking: in a cozy co-working space in the heart of…

Creating homes for internationals, one city at a time

Niels van Deuren from Rotterdam started HousingAnywhere: a platform through which you can safely arrange housing for your next international adventure. The platform is thriving in over 60 countries, but getting it to launch in Hamburg was no easy feat. In fact, it took about 5 years! I managed to track down my fellow Dutchie…

Breaking taboos one organic tampon at a time

Sometimes people change jobs radically. That happened to Heide Peuckert, who at the beginning of 2018 decided to run her own business and switch from her job at a digital agency to try out her luck in another field: feminine hygiene. With MYLILY, Heide produces organic, biodegradable tampons and delivers them right to your doorstep…

A passionate photographer with a double life

When I first meet Raimar von Wienskowski in his elegant Eppendorf apartment, I’m instinctively drawn to a large, colourful photo on the wall. Playful faces stare directly into the camera, it’s as if I’m involved in a game of tag. I hear it was taken on a voluntary trip to Namibia for Steps for Children. It…

The peacock on stage – Rampenfau. No more stage fright. 

You have been asked to present something in front of an audience. Your palms start to sweat, your voice trembles and you walk from one side to the other like a scared chicken. Thomas Coucoulis knows very well what stage fright means and he can help you to overcome it so you can deliver the…

Bringing blockchain to the people: a blockchain lead in Hamburg

A former professional tennis player turned blockchain lead, Daria Suvorova, originally from Moscow, Russia, seems to have an exceptional sense of how to make life interesting. Although she still has most years ahead of her, her experiences are worth a lifetime. She spent her teenage years between Moscow and Miami, where she trained to become…

von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…