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Oskar Hartmann was born in 1982 into a German family in what is now Kazakhstan. At the age of 8, Oskar and his family emigrated to Germany where the future entrepreneur grew up spending all his youth years. At 17, Oskar went to the United States and attended a high school in Ohio as an exchange student. This is where he perfected his English language skills and acclimated himself to American society. It was through this experience that he became especially fascinated with the American business and entrepreneurship culture. Upon returning home to Germany, Oskar graduated with highest honors from his technical high school. When it came to fulfilling Germany’s military conscription service, Oskar chose an alternative civilian service, which he undertook in Russia in 2004 at the Central Children’s Clinical Hospital in Moscow, the largest children’s hospital in Europe. During his time in Russia, Oskar quickly became fluent in the Russian language. After completing his service, he returned to Germany to study at one of the top international business schools in Europe, WHU University - Otto Beisheim School of Management, where he got his degree in International Economics. While studying at WHU, Oskar was recognized as one of the top students and chosen for prestigious internships at multinational companies such as BMW in Malaysia, Boston Consulting Company, and GameGoods UG in Cologne. To follow on from his recent American and Russian experiences, he also spent several semesters as an exchange MBA student at the University of Hawaii in the U.S., and then at the Financial University in Moscow.

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Oskar founded started his entrepreneurship career in Germany, with an online sports nutrition store. In 2010 he then created Sapato, an online site for new shoe collections. Continuing this foray into retail ventures, he subsequently created live-TV store - Shopping Live - which brought European quality products to the Russian market and quickly became the standard-bearer and sales leader among its competitors and imitators. Oskar’s quick successes as an early entrepreneur in building businesses from scratch soon draw the attention of partners, investors, and buyers. In 2012 Sapato was acquired by Ozon, enabling Oskar to became a shareholder of Ozon.ru as a result. At the same time Hartmann sold his main share in Shopping Live, a liquidity event which allowed him to reinvest his capital into launching several new enterprises of his own: Teamo, Carprice, Relevant Media, HomeMarket, Aktivo, Vitaportal, AutoSpot, Iqcard, Hlebnoe mesto and several Internet companies.

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Oskar Hartmann is a venture capitalist and widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful business angels. He is a co-founder and partner of Fast Lane Ventures, Simile Ventures Partners, and LARIX funds. Oskar has had extraordinary success investing across a wide array of international companies such as: Auto1 Group, Casacanda (fab.com), Frontier Car Group, Fashion And You, Sukar, Nanjacart, June Homes, and Flaschenpost.de. Oskar’s venture investment portfolio includes more than 70 companies, many of which are invested through his family holding entity - Hartmann Holdings. 14 of his investments have already reached a $1 Billion-plus capitalization, which has made Oskar recognized as a ‘Unicorn Angel’, and by 2018 he was listed as one of Germany’s 1000 wealthiest residents. He has been recognized at numerous global award competitions, including initially as “Master of Investment” at EY’s “Russia Entrepreneur of the Year 2015” awards. Not just an award-winner, Oskar also acts as an ambassador and an active participant in several annual competitions for his fellow entrepreneurs such as the “Breakthrough of the Year” and the “EY-Entrepreneur of the Year” awards. Oskar’s has a life philosophy revolving around his investments. He views all the processes around making an investment as a pathway for exploring and experiencing all that the world offers. His investment goals have always been to seek ideas and strong values that transform the world and its citizens for the better.

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Oskar balances his lifelong entrepreneurial and investing pursuits with a versatile personal life that sees him delving passionately into his many hobbies. In 2017, he launched his personal YouTube channel which has since exceeded 30 million viewers. His channel puts out professionally produced video feed accompanied with numerous practical tips and useful information for current businessmen and those looking for a path for launching their own entrepreneurial or investing careers. Beyond the business advice, Oskar gives equal importance to what he sees as the most important philosophical question: “What brings fulfillment and happiness to a person’s life?”. Along this theme, Oskar is the author of a bestselling book “Just Do It! Do It easy” which has shifted 150,000 copies. The book is a detailed guide for entrepreneurs and individuals seeking best-practice tips to successfully manage their lives and achieve their goals. In the book Oskar focuses on helping his audience build the right strategic thinking and action plan that works best for them in navigating towards achieving their own goals. Many readers of the book have found this angle to be valuable to them, the focus on creating their unique paths to happiness and fulfillment, rather than focusing on Oskar’s achievements or solely on how he reached his success as a universal recipe for everyone to follow. Oskar is also a competitive and accomplished athlete. He competes regularly in indoor rowing, swimming, running, and is a prolific parachute jumper. In 2019 Oskar broke Australian champion rower Benjamin Smith’s world record for 100-meter sprint rowing in St. Petersburg, Russia. As if you needed proof of his work/life balance, Oskar achieved this during one of the largest business forums that he was participating in, the “Synergy” conference. In 2021 Oskar started what has become his newest sports passion - professional cycling. He is mentored in this new hobby by world champion and Olympic medalist Russian cyclist Denis Dmitriev. This year, Oskar is actively pursuing his ‘master of sports in cycling’ certificate while simultaneously managing each of his businesses.

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About People and For People

Oskar Hartmann has had an extremely successful run through his initial 20 years of entrepreneurship. He has launched new businesses, achieved successful exits, and has then made a string of extremely strategic investments in tech unicorns. This success has brought him the financial resources to live comfortably and to provide for his family. However, Oskar has not been content with this as he always reflects on some of the opportunity afforded to him to help achieve this success. He receives a steady flow of emails and other notes of gratitude and feedback from people who really benefited from Oskar’s philosophy through his book and his YouTube channel. These messages have energized him with energy and incentive to continue to development new ideas and to keep active, but more so it has inspired him to look for ways to ‘give back’ for others to guide them on their own path towards their goals and aspirations. Everything Oskar does is dedicated to his philosophical notion of life. He explores what is widely considered to create a full and happy life, and to help others identify and defeat the hurdles that prevent individuals from achieving these and what drives them backwards rather than forwards to happiness and fulfillment. Oskar is deeply convinced that the most important component of a successful and fulfilling life is ‘Action’. After all, it is ‘Action’ that turns dreams into reality. All of Oskar’s initiatives, organizations and appeals are aimed at inspiring people ‘get off the couch’ and finally start ‘acting’. The cherished goal of an entrepreneur is to inspire people by using his own example to guide others forward on the journey towards the life they dream of.

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Oskar Hartmann is one of the most open and highly-demanded speakers. An entrepreneur personally demonstrates an active approach to business and life, as well as the benefits of positive thinking. Oskar devotes a significant part of his time to the development of entrepreneurship around the world.

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For the first ten years of his entrepreneurial activity, Oskar successfully managed all his projects, focusing on all the opportunities they could provide him with. After reaching a certain point, Hartman had the necessary amount of resources not only to provide for himself and his family.

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In addition to the philosophy of Action, Oskar Hartmann defines «decathlon» as a derivative of the meaning of life — a principle that he invented for himself. Oskar is convinced that a person should not throw all his strength into just one area: business, career, sports or family. Then the other aspects of life will remain «overboard».

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The life strategy and business plan of entrepreneur Oskar Hartmann is to achieve everything through active actions, be faster than others and not be afraid to try new things all the time. From the age of 11, when young Hartmann got his first job, until today, when his companies have reached a capitalization of five billion US dollars, Oscar was guided by the philosophy of action.

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Oskar Hartmann has been happy for many years in his one and only marriage. He is married to Tatiana Hartmann, with whom the entrepreneur has three children: two sons and a daughter. Oskar met his future wife while still a student when he came to Moscow on  an experience exchange program.

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Oskar Hartmann is a business angel. Over the last 10 years he has invested in 100 companies, 14 of which became worth more than 1b. Oskar Hartmann was ranked 18th on CBINSIGHTS' list of the world's top 100 business angels in 10 years! He also established Hartmann Holdings. Hartmann Holdings is a private family owned investment holding company mainly active in venture capital, ecommerce, market places, real estate and the entertainment industry. They invest in businesses that are in pursuit to create long term value. They know and understand the businesses they invest in and are active owners. With this strategy they participated in As one of themost visible figures in the business world, he regularly shares his insights on a range of topics including investing, critical thinking, leadership development and motivation through engaging speeches and events. His vast experience makes him an authority on business leadership and an invaluable resource for any organization seeking to improve performance in today's complex global business environment. Oskar Hartmann currently has several speaking programs for top management and conducts board meetings for market leaders. For more information, please see the PDF document at the link below.

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