’s stand out stature & face has become directly linked with #LewisHamilton
racing. top Photo by #DanIstitene
Instead of continuing to race he decided to focus on business and enrolled in the #ViennaUniversity
. His decision wasn’t just fuelled by a lack of sponsors and personal funds but also because he knew that at 6 feet 2 inches, his height would be a hindrance to ever making it in #Formula1
Wolff realized that he would learn more in a job than in a classroom so he dropped out to take an internship at an investment #bank
. He accelerated through the ranks and moved into sales management at Austrian steel company, Koloman Handler AG. After two years there, Wolff identified an opportunity and set up his first business which primarily involved acting as an agent for Koloman in Poland. After building up an impressive roster of clients he decided to take a sabbatical in #America
to consider his next move.
Wolff found himself in San Francisco as the #dotcom
bubble was starting to grow and spotted an opportunity to capitalize on this in Austria. On returning to Vienna he identified small companies that were involved in early-stage #internet #technology
and bought into them. His foresight paid off and this kick-started his venture capital firm Marchfifteen which focused on #tech
and internet investments. Wolff founded it in 1998 with fellow Austrian Rene Berger who studied #law
at Vienna University and is now also a non-executive director of #Mercedes
’ F1 team.