Simon Hohentanner - StudySmarter

Hi, I’m Simon.

Co-Founder - My main responsibilities include backend and cloud development and user insights.

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Who am I

I studied mechanical engineering at TU Munich, but quickly focused more on robotics, machine learning and software development. During my studies I worked in 2 separate, successful Munich startups (Konux and NavVis) and really fell in love with the startup scene and spirit. During my masters I joined the Manage&More program and got to meet Christian, Maurice and Till soon after. Working with talented, driven people on an important problem is really what motivates me every day.

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Hidden Talent

I'm extremely good at ping pong. ;)

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Passionate about

I love bleeding edge technology like the Samsung Fold, some say too much ;). I love reading about interesting topics like history etc.

Working at StudySmarter

In the first 2 semesters of my bachelors around 40% of students dropped out. This inspired me to research how one can study effectively and what can lead to dropping out. As a pet project I created a small app that helped with staying focused in class. Although this project was dropped, it gave me the first glimpse to what would later become StudySmarter. I love that we really make a difference it peoples' lives!

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Typical day

My role changed a lot over the past years, in the beginning I was heavily involved in the coding of our platform, now a typical day is more described by planning our next steps, talking to new potential team members and helping with various product and engineering topics.

Crucial skill in your role

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There are often a lot of different topics each day so you really need to prioritise and keep your goal of the day in sight.

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