Business student, urban enthusiast & digital resident

MeMy name is Ruben Schmidtmann. I'm working as a project manager for several clients and finishing my Media Economics studies in Ilmenau, Germany.

Having spent years in Berlin – I acquired a taste for media, urban perceptions and great food. For several years I've also lived in Hamburg, Bremen and Tallinn, but currently I'm living in Ilmenau.

My passion is somewhere in-between organizing, designing and creative problem-solving. I don’t like stagnation, but I love moving forward. That's me.


Actually I'm studying Media Economics at the Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany. During my studies I spent one year in Tallinn as an Erasmus student at the Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration of the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia studying International Business Administration.

I belief that the future, especially in the business world, will be getting even more global and that there will be more startups and fewer giants - so overall I'm focusing my studies on management, development & entrepreneurship.

Previous Occupations

Back in 2004, I co-founded Lautwerfer in Berlin, a company specialized on event-technology. Our clients included Lafayette Berlin, Armani, Playboy, Electrolux and Peugeot. After 3 years I decided to study to adapt competencies in the before mentioned fields of business and left Lautwerfer.

I have also been working for other companies and projects - small and big ones (latest: project manager at Airbnb). Therefore, I have many years of experience in project management.


Tumblelog - My blog about everything I like


I love inspiration and the exchange of ideas. One of my favourite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw (via bettertastethansorry):

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

I'm grateful for all the inspiration:

Jeff Staple//Staple Design, GOOD, Markus Reuter//better taste then sorry, Johannes Kleske, Rasmus Andersson, Manuel Wiedenmamn, Aaron Schmidtmann, Lukas Borkowski, Bobby Solomon//The Fox Is Black, Daniel Ehniss//Depone, Kai Müller//Stylespion, Mark Jensen and Simone Kiri

Social Web

You can find me on various social web sites, usually my user name is '160grad' or 'rubens'. If you feel like adding/following me you are welcome to do so.

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Vimeo, Foursquare, Dopplr,


Get in touch by sending me an email or via Twitter.