Fabian Pfortmüller

Fabian Pfortmüller is a Swiss entrepreneur in New York City.

Fabian is co-founder of Holstee, a home goods startup that creates products designed to encourage a positive lifestyle. Holstee's designs have been shared over 100 million times online and are sold in the form of letter-pressed cards, posters, art prints and frames. The company's manifesto has been described by the Washington Post as "the new just do it". www.holstee.com

In 2008, Nico and Fabian founded Sandbox - the leading global community of entrepreneurial minds under 30. Sandbox exists to provide every young doer with a trusted group of peers and a place to learn, connect and support each other. Sandbox counts 1200 members from a variety of backgrounds and has active hubs in 31 cities worldwide. Sandboxers have been featured for their work on the front pages of Wired, Fast Company, Forbes, the Boston Globe and covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, Inc Magazine, Vogue and many other media channels. www.sandbox.is

Holstee started as a project of Incubaker, the social innovation think tank that Dave, Mike, Thianh and Fabian started in 2006. Other projects of Incubaker include Simple Apps which was acquired by the awesome guys of ShopStorm in 2014.

Fabian is a frequent speaker at various organizations and universities around the world, including Harvard, Yale and Columbia on the topic of entrepreneurship, value driven startups, Gen Y and community building. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and has been recognized as “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by the Diplomatic Courier in 2011. Fabian holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from Columbia University. You might see him at the office desperately trying to pronounce Arabic words.