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“It’s so important to continue educating yourself, both formally and informally, and continue pushing your comfort zones ”

With Frank Wagner CEO of INVAO


If I could start a movement, it would be centered around entrepreneurship and education. Particularly for young people, it’s important to continue educating yourself, both formally and informally, and continue pushing your comfort zones. Similarly, I believe that people should begin embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, as that has the great potential to lead to great things. The social impact projects that INVAO now invests in are guided by this vision. We always seek to empower budding entrepreneurs who have the potential to make crucial social changes.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Frank Wagner. Frank Wagner is the CEO of INVAO, a digital asset pool used for automated trading of cryptocurrencies and social impact funding. Prior to INVAO, Frank was founder and M.D. of Nugg.ad AG, a source of technologies for predictive behavioral targeting in digital media, where he led business development, marketing and sales operations, fundraising for venture capital financing and strategic alliances. A serial entrepreneur, he has over 15 years of experience leading and building business ventures, with a passion for game-changing innovation and disruption of established industries based on data, technology, and digital transformation. Frank’s extensive track record includes bootstrapping, profitable growth, and successful exits and turnarounds. His areas of expertise cover general strategy formation and execution, venture capital fundraising, international expansion, strategic alliances and partnerships.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share with us the story of how you decided to pursue this career path? What lessons can others learn from your story?

I was born in East Germany in the late 1960’s, a time when there was a broken economy and political system. Then came the autumn of 1989 and everything changed, I began to challenge the system that had been controlling my way of thinking.

Globalization and digital disruption are changing the world for all of us. Politicians are unable to give appropriate answers to the most pressing questions of our time. The financial system is broken, with more than 92% of millenials not trusting banks. This is what drew me to entrepreneurship, innovation and disruptive technology. We no longer have to accept what is are telling us is the truth; and there is likely another, a better option.

Blockchain and digital currencies enable money to exist with trust. That’s why millennials love Bitcoin and Blockchain. Based on these facts and my own experience back in 1989 I decided to be open to any change, consider risk but also embrace the opportunities. This is perhaps the biggest lesson I can offer: embrace change and uncertainty, because more often than not, it leads to something better.

Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

This year, myself and my business partner Frank Gessner founded INVAO, a safe and highly profitable Blockchain Asset Pool. INVAO offers a seamless way to enter the market. At INVAO we manage for ourselves and on behalf of our investors a portfolio of digital assets, trading to and generate significant profits. Our trades are fully automated, which makes them highly scalable. As both Frank and I have our roots in the tech space and data business for years, we know how to apply AI, machine learning and advanced algorithms to our trading technology. We also read the white papers for you, challenge the different projects, and buy only where it’s worth it to do so.

We aim to outperform the top 30 cryptocurrencies index, manifested in one single key performance indicator: the value of our IVO token. We are a safe harbor in a sea of insecurity and volatility while defeating the top 30. This is why we decided to build our business based on trust, regulation and secure legal contracts.

Prior to INVAO, Frank became one of the co-founders of Intershop and developed the world’s first e-commerce software. Later on, he became a CTO at Delivery Hero. INVAO is Frank’s company number ten; for me, it’s number eight. For the two of us, it is the most meaningful business we ever started.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I’m an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a non-profit organization that empowers entrepreneurs to learn and grow through workshops, events and mentorship programs. Through my involvement in EO, I’ve been lucky enough to meet Warren Rustand, a serial entrepreneur with a truly impressive career behind him. He believes that great leaders are made, not born, and has provided me with great insight into how to be a leader that people will respect and follow. As a fellow family man, he places great importance on being the best person we can be, not just for ourselves, but also for our families, companies, and communities. Warren is a generous philanthropist and places great emphasis on giving back to the community — which we at INVAO believe is very important as well.

What are the 5 things that most excite you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

The five things in the industry that most excite me are;

● The potential — which in many places in the world is already being achieved — for us to provide those struggling financially with alternative currencies. This year in Venezuela, for example, hyperinflation of fiat currencies reached an unprecedented rate. The people of Venezuela were able to rely on crypto to maintain economic means.

● Similarly, we have the opportunity for truly borderless currencies that are not tied to geography. The impact of this will be seamless global transactions and bringing new people into the global economy.

● The enormous benefits that blockchain can provide for the NGO industry. It tries to do so much good but struggles with its financial reputation a lot due to a lack of transparency. This issue can be solved with blockchain technology and we have new, secure, and verified ways to get money to people in need.

● The fact that we have a proven way for companies with no access to capital or capacity for IPOs to raise money. The ICO market may be volatile right now, but the fundamentals of it are astounding. It truly levels the playing field and gives small businesses a chance to succeed.

● The chance we have to redefine finance and capitalism to be a system and an industry that starts from scratch to care about the developing world and prioritise inclusion of those who have always been economically vulnerable.

What are the 5 things worry you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

The five things in this industry that I worry most about are;

● That investors may be turned off from the crypto market due to the recent volatility in bitcoin price; however, this is the best time to invest because prices are low enough for easy entry into the market.

● That regulatory bodies will be slow in implementing regulation which can provide a safer and more stable environment for all investors — this is something that we strongly believe in and look forward to. The sooner stabilizing regulation is introduced, the better.

● That false associations between blockchain and crime may not be conquered. There are a lot of misconceptions about blockchain being linked to fraudulent activity. The industry needs to band together to fight this negative reputation to achieve mainstream adoption and educate the public about the true positive potential of this technology.

● That the social responsibility of our industry will be ignored in favor of pure economic gain. While we need to make profit — and we very much like doing so — I believe that we have the opportunity to redesign the financial world into one that is conscious of its duty towards the developing world. I often worry when I hear of new projects in the space that have not made this a priority.

● That ‘big money’ may have a reason to see blockchain fail and therefore may push a false narrative about blockchain’s potential in order to protect themselves. I hope that the public are informed enough to see through this.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Can you share a story?

At INVAO, we believe that sharing and giving back should be part of every human’s journey. As a result, we we founded with INVAO Foundation, which will re-invest 20% of our net profits back into social and ecological impact projects. All IVO token holders will have influence on the selection and funding of social projects by the INVAO Foundation, guiding the positive impact that we will have on a global scale.

As Satya Nadella writes “it’s important to be dedicated to creating great products, serving customers, and earning profits for our investors — but it’s not sufficient. We also need to think about the impact of our actions on the world and its citizens long into the future.”

I think that raising four children has changed my perception on life, and made me a more empathetic person. When you have children, you learn that there is more outside of yourself. You learn how to be responsible for others, and I am proud to be a father of four amazing children. I believe that being a father has made me into a better business owner, and I have a stronger sense of compassion.

What 3 things would you advise to someone who wanted to emulate your career? Can you share an example for each idea?

My three major pieces of advice would be:

  1. Have an open mind and embrace change — throughout my life, I have encountered many changes, both in my personal and professional life. Instead of resisting change, I have always accepted it, and it has made me into the person I am today.
  2. Learn constantly — I am a huge believer in the power of education. It’s important to never stop learning, and continuously ask questions to make yourself a more informed and educated member of society.
  3. Take risks and don’t fear failure — I believe that is important to take risks in life and some of the impressive outcomes come as a result of taking risks.

What is your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that had relevance to your own life?

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. Your passion will lead you right into your purpose (T.D. Jakes)

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement, it would be centered around entrepreneurship and education. Particularly for young people, it’s important to continue educating yourself, both formally and informally, and continue pushing your comfort zones. Similarly, I believe that people should begin embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, as that has the great potential to lead to great things. The social impact projects that INVAO now invests in are guided by this vision. We always seek to empower budding entrepreneurs who have the potential to make crucial social changes.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Anyone can follow me on twitter, or follow INVAO on twitter to stay up to date on everything we’re achieving.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Thank you for having me!

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