Hello and good evening everyone! 😊

We are very happy to introduce a new format that will let you get to know our SIMC Alumni a lot better! The goal is that you find out what former SIMC students are doing right now, how they got started, what they’ve learnt and taken away from SIMC and maybe you get some inspiration on where you could see yourself after your studies.

From now on, every second Thursday you will learn something about one of our SIMC Alumni, and we are starting off with Markus Raunig, the Managing Director of AustrianStartups.


Markus Raunig, Managing Director@AustrianStartups







Let’s jump right into what Markus told us:

Which intake were you a part of?


Which country are you from?


What are you doing right now?   

I am working.

After the completion of SIMC, did you look for specific jobs or were you flexible regarding different opportunities?


How did you decide, whether to apply for a corporate position or join the Start-up scene? 

I felt I could have bigger impact and learn more in the startup scene.

What is your current job position?

Managing Director @ AustrianStartups.

How did you get your job?

Recommendation by a fellow Simcie, then the normal interview process.

What is the most fascinating thing about your job? 

Working together with really inspiring people.

What do you do on a typical working day? 

Lots of meetings (internal/external), doing presentations/lectures, giving feedback, reading about latest developments and insights, fundraising.

What are the five most important things you learnt once you started working? 

1) Communication is everything. Take time for it accordingly.
2) Focus. Don’t try to do everything at the same time.
3) If you want to become an expert in a certain fileld, publish something (whitepaper/product/etc.) about it. Just reading & doing research won’t cut it.
4) Recruit based on cultural fit & passion for your vision.
5) Marketing is storytelling. Storytelling is sth deeply personal. To be successful, combine your personal story with the vision of your company. That’s how people relate and remember your product/company.

Is there any other advice you’d like to give to our current as well as future SIMCies?

I would advise you not to spend too much time of your life doing late-night excel/powerpoint work in hotel rooms. 😛

What are your best memories of SIMC?

The culture is something truly special. With all those wonderful friendships and deeply personal moments SIMC always felt like home, but at the same it was full of radical ambition and constantly challenging each other. It’s the same type of culture successful startups are frequently built on and an experience that has been incredibly valuable for my own personal development.


Thank you very much, Markus! 🙂