AirBnB host Catherine Schlereth and her cat Otto

Airbnb host Catherine Schlereth with her cat, Otto

Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun writing math formula

Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun

portrait of founders Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Timbuktu founders Francesca Cavallo (l.) and Elena Favilli

Mr. Virtual Reality, Jaron Lanier

Social media pioneer Howard Rheingold

“My baby” – iPod father and Nest founder Tony Fadell

Probably the best part of my job is that journalists meet so many interesting people (and even the occasional chimp). Below, a selection of portraits. Many of these images are available for licensing through dpa Picture Alliance. Or just e-mail me.