Every business transformation is like a mountain expedition in uncharted territory.
Reaching the summit requires purpose, vision, focus, courage, teamwork, trust, motivation, and great leadership.
We are the mountain guides for such an expedition - with experience, expertise, mindset, and network.
We help companies navigate impact-focused turn-around, transformation, transition, innovation and growth journeys.
We advise, mentor, and guide CEO`s, top-leadership teams, and investors through all phases of the expedition.
We reduce the risk, complexity, time and cost of transformation journeys.
We have been there and done it.
What we stand for:
Experience - crisis, strategic change, business model innovation, start-up & scale-up, multinational growth, exit
Expertise - strategy, innovation, technology, sustainability, corporate venturing, conscious business, transformational leadership
Mindset - Love for people and planet, conscious leadership, empathy, wisdom, openness, kindness, authenticity, joy
Network - subject matter experts in all areas, investing community, technology & start-up community, academia, global leaders, NGO´s
What We Do
We lead, support and enable business transformation expeditions from planning through summiting.
As advisors, mentors, and long-term partners we stand for success.
Owner, investor and C-suite advisory - Supervisory & Advisory Board mandates - Strategy advisory
Mentoring & Coaching
CEO & C-suite mentoring - Executive coaching - Mentoring of organizations
Entrepreneurial partnership - Long-term co-creation - Gain & risk sharing - Innovation
Who We Are
experience - expertise - mindset - network
Stephan Strauss, CEO & Founder, mountain and nature enthusiast, open water swimmer, philanthropist
Stephan has 30 years of global track record in turn-around, transformation, innovation and growth of service- and technology-based businesses in various industries.
As a CEO, senior leader, entrepreneur, advisor and consultant, Stephan has worked for leading organizations like Rexel, DB Schenker, ThyssenKrupp, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and UNICEF in Europe, USA and APAC. His experience covers industries such as electronics, technology, logistics, distribution and wholesale as well as professional services and NGO environments.
Stephan’s passion is to help build a more sustainable, inclusive and diverse economy by using business and technology as a force for positive impact on people, planet and prosperity.
He is an advisor and mentor of several start-ups, scale-ups, and NGO`s worldwide.
Stephan holds a master’s degree in business administration from the FAU-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, as well as senior leadership education from IMD and ESMT.
As the protection of your data is a major matter of concern for us, we want to take the time to inform you about what data we use during your visit and why we use it. If you still have questions on the way we work with your personal data, you can refer to our data protection officer (contact details below).
What is personal data?
The meaning of “personal data” is defined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to the new regulation, personal data includes all information that refers to an identified or identifiable natural person. This can include for example, your rightful name, your address, your telephone number or your date of birth. Even information on how you can use this or other websites may contain personal data.
Providing the website
An access log through our web server has been fully anonyms. But our system does use certain security plug-in from WIX which protect our website from attack and misuse. Normal, non-damaging website accesses are usually not logged by the plug-in. However, as soon as there is the suspicion that our system is subject to an attack, data relating to the visitor’s computer system are automatically logged for forensic purposes and stored in firewall logs. The data stored includes the IP address, the data and time, the browser user agent and the reason for the suspicious activity.
Purpose of the processing
The capturing of log files serves to record averted or damaging website attacks, to secure forensic activities and to secure and stabilize our website.
The legal basis for this is Article 6.1(f) GDPR.
The purposes mentioned also include the legitimate interests in data processing within the meaning of Article 6.1(f) GDPR.
Data storage – duration
Data is deleted when it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was captured. As a rule, this is the case after one month at the latest.
If data is captured in the extent described, this has become necessary to secure and to operate the website. There is, therefore, no opportunity to raise objection.
Legal basis for collecting and processing personal data
As soon as we have your consent to process personal data, Article 6.1(a) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing your personal data.
When processing your personal data to perform a contract between you and Future of Leadership salon, Article 6.1(b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processes required to conduct pre-contractual activities.
When processing personal data to perform a legal obligation to which our companies is subject, Article 6.1(c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
Article 6.1(f) GDPR provides the legal basis for processing when the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by our company or by a third party and where such interests are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject.
Data storage – duration
Your personal data will be deleted or the processing will be restricted as soon as the data has met the purpose for which it was stored. Storage of the data beyond this may be possible if this is stipulated by European or national legislators in EU directives, laws or other regulations to which the controller is subject. The data will be deleted or its processing will be restricted when a prescribed deadline expires, unless it is necessary to continue storing the data to conclude or perform a contract.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit our website and allow us to reassign your browser. Cookies store information such as your language setting, the duration of your visit to our website or the information you enter there.
There are different types of cookies. Session cookies are temporary cookies that are stored in the user’s Internet browser until the browser window is closed and the session cookies are deleted. Permanent or persistent cookies are used for repeated visits and stored in the user’s browser for a predefined time. First-party cookies are set by the website the user visits. Only this website may read information from cookies. Third-party cookies are set by organizations that are not operators of the website that the user visits. These cookies are used by marketing companies, for example.
The cookies used on this website are:
_gat: Persistent third-party cookie for the purpose of reducing the request rate as used in tracking with Google Analytics. The storage period is 1 minute.
_ga: Persistent third-party cookie for the purpose of differentiating users within the scope of tracking by Google Analytics. The storage period is 2 years.
_gid: Persistent third-party cookie for the purpose of differentiating users within the scope of tracking by Google Analytics. The storage period is 24 hours.
PHPSESSID: First-party session cookie for the purpose of identifying the user’s current session on our website. The storage time is identical to the current session.
Article 6.1(f) GDPR provides the legal basis for deploying cookies.
You can delete cookies already stored on your end device at any time. If you wish to avoid the deployment of cookies, you can refuse to accept cookies in your browser. Check your browser manual to see how this works in detail.
This website is using Google Analytics; a web analysis service of Google LLC (“Google”) is used on this website. The use includes the “Universal Analytics” operating mode. This makes it possible to assign data, sessions and interactions across multiple devices to a pseudonymous user ID and thus analyze a user’s activities across devices.
Purposes of the processing
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services related to website and Internet use.
The legitimate interest in the data processing lies in the optimization of our website, the analysis of the use of our website and the adaptation of its contents. The interests of users are adequately protected by pseudonymisation.
The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is your consent in accordance with Article 6.1 (f) GDPR.
Recipients or categories of recipients
The recipient of the collected data is Google.
Transfer to third countries
Personal data will be transferred to the USA under the EU-US Privacy Shield on the basis of the European Commission’s adequacy decision. You can download the certificate here.
Data storage – duration
The data sent by us and linked to cookies, user-identifiers (e.g. User IDs) or advertising-identifiers are automatically deleted after 14 months. Data whose retention period has been reached is automatically deleted once a month.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser add-on. Opt-out cookies will prevent future collection of your data when you visit this website. To prevent Universal Analytics from collecting data across different devices, you need to opt-out of all systems used. Click here to set the opt-out cookie: Deactivate Google Analytics
So-called social bookmarks (e.g. from Facebook, Twitter and Xing) have been integrated on our website. Social bookmarks are internet bookmarks that allow users of such services to collect links and news messages. These are only included on our website as a link to the corresponding services. After clicking on the integrated graphic you will be forwarded to the page of the respective provider, i.e. only then will user information be transferred to the respective provider. For information on the handling of your personal data when using these websites, please refer to the respective data protection regulations of the providers.
We also collect your personal data when you yourself give your approval to do so – for example when you want us to contact you. Of course, personal data transferred in this manner is solely used for the purpose intended: establishing contact.
These details are provided voluntarily and, in these cases, are initiated by you yourself. Provided the details supplied are details of communication channels (such as email address, phone number), we will use these channels to contact you to deal with your concerns.
Purpose of the processing
The purpose of processing your data in this sense is to deal with and answer your concern.
The purpose described also represents the legitimate interest in processing your data.
The legal basis for processing the data you entered to establish contact with us is Article 6.1(f) GDPR.
Data storage – duration
We will delete the data we received from you in establishing contact either as soon as it is no longer required to fulfill the purpose for storing it, as soon as your concern has been dealt with in full and no further communication with you is necessary, or if you wish us to delete the data.
You can refer to our data protection officer at any time with respect to deleting the data to your query (see below for contact details). However, this might also mean that we cannot fully deal with your concern.
Transferring Data to Third Parties
We generally do not transmit your data to third parties, unless we are legally obliged to do so. Should external service providers come into contact with your personal data, we shall have made use of legal, technical and organizational measures and regular monitoring to ensure that such persons comply with the relevant data protection regulations. Furthermore, these service providers may only use your data in accordance with our mandate.
Gladly we will inform you whether and which of your personal data is processed by us and for what purposes (Article 15 of the GDPR). Furthermore, given the respective legal conditions, you have to the right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR), the right to restrict processing (Article 18 GDPR), the right to erasure (Article 17 GDPR), the right to object (Article 21 GDPS) and the right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR).
Irrespective of these rights and the possibility of asserting another administrative or legal redress, you also have the possibility at any time of asserting your right to complain to a supervisory authority, in particular, in the member state of your place of domicile, of your place of work or of the location of the alleged infringement if you are of the view that the processing of personal data affecting you infringes legal data protection regulations (Article 77 GDPR).
Data Protection Officer
For all these matters you can contact us at the following email address:
Links to websites of other providers
Our websites may contain links to websites of other providers. This privacy statement does not cover such external websites. If the use of internet websites of other providers is associated with the collecting, processing and use of personal data please refer to the data protection notes of the respective provider.
Amendments to this privacy statement
We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement at any time, taking account of applicable data protection regulations.
Last updated: April 2020.
Smart Planet Ventures GmbH
Management: Stephan Strauss
Responsible for contents pursuant to §5 TMG: Stephan Strauss
Registration number: HRB 78165
Tax number: 147/5869/1220