We at inventures.eu bring you some of the hottest and most curious stories about startups, entrepreneurs and investors in Austria and CEE. Yet, ten weeks ago, we decided we wanted to take a step back, and introduce you to the scene from a somewhat different perspective – a sociological one. What started as an idea by our co-founder Claudia Käfer turned into a weekly series. We took on the theories of Karl Marx, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Gerhard Schulze (and quite a few other names that you can catch up on below), and applied them to the startup scene. Manon Pierre and Alexander Hirschfeld were the experts behind “From the sociologist’s notebook” and have given us a great insight into the sociological dynamics underlying startups and entrepreneurship.
In case you’ve missed a part or two from the series, or you just want to read them all again, here is the entire list:
The habitus of IT entrepreneurs and startup geeks by Manon Pierre
Commitment turned commodity? by Alexander Hirschfeld
Is God an Entrepreneur? by Alexander Hirschfeld
Startups, buzz, and glory by Manon Pierre
Is the party over? Startups and the experience society by Alexander Hirschfeld
One startup culture for all? by Manon Pierre
A favour you can’t refuse by Alexander Hirschfeld
An unbalanced relationship – startups and investors by Alexander Hirschfeld
Are startups conventional business? by Alexander Hirschfeld
About the authors:
Manon Pierre is a French citizen, yet based in Hamburg and working in English. As if all this wasn’t confusing enough, she’s a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, with a double degree in journalism and sociology. In 2012, after five hectic years in China, she decided to put down her chopsticks for a while, and headed to Germany for a refill of European hedonism. When not clattering about startups, she writes about architecture and design for various magazines, ponders the merits of German climate and attempts to sketch her surroundings.
Alexander Hirschfeld is a 29-year-old sociology Ph.D. candidate who has studied, worked and lived in Bamberg, South Carolina, Vienna and New York. His doctoral thesis is on the changing perception of the human psyche, which he investigates by analysing the emergence of the so-called Burnout Syndrome. His main interest lies with sociological theory, which means lots of reading and knowing the nicest libraries in every city by heart. Apart from that, he enjoys cooking, soccer and watching the same old movies over and over again. Alex lives in Berlin.