Expert in the City: An Interview with Frank Thomsen
April • 17th, 2018
by the Expat in the City Team
Our Expert in the City today: Frank Thomsen, Business Development at Manyfolds
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Frank Thomsen, founder and CEO of Manyfolds, a new start-up here in Munich.
Before this new venture, I experienced the dot-com era as a young entrepreneur, wrote and produced musicals, developed TV stations and mobile advertising platforms. And as an Innovation Consultant, I advise various companies in the fields of automotive, Digitization and IoT, AI advancements, media and society.
In what way does Manyfolds serve the expat community in Munich and why is this important to you?
Manyfolds is a new eco-friendly cardboard furniture system. Yes, you got it right, furniture made out of carton material, but at the same time very stylish and astonishingly strong and durable.
It will actually change the way you „think“ furniture: Imagine you have to move to a new apartment - well, for expats a very likely scenario - and you want to furnish your apartment quickly and in an affordable way. That’s where Manyfolds comes in. Choose from a growing number of cardboard furniture designs on the Manyfolds open design marketplace, select the quality and color. You can even change the size of the selected products - so that the dresser fits right into the niche that would otherwise be unused in your little apartment.
If all goes well with the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the whole system should be up and running in Q2 next year.
Yes, you got it right, furniture made out of carton material, but at the same time very stylish and astonishingly strong and durable.
Do you have some encouraging words/advice for expats in the city?
Believe me, I’ve been there: You don’t know anyone, the city is big and in a way confusing, the language is so awkward… For me that was 28 years ago, when I moved from Hamburg (northern culture + dialect) to Munich (Bavarian culture + dialect).
But the city will open up to you once the „Munich spring“ comes with all it’s wonders: Go to a nearby beer garden and meet some new friends, take a bike tour to the Isar or hang out at the „Eisbach“ in the Englische Garten. Pure magic. Plus: Use the zillion opportunities to meet new people e.g in theater groups, business and cultural exchange groups (like the AGBC).
What is your favorite spot in Munich and why?
The spot that fits into the magic of the day or evening. That can be the Flaucher beer garden in Thalkirchen, the Cafe Glockenspiel high above the Marienplatz, the park bench overlooking the beautiful landscaped Westpark lawns.
Three tips for expats in the city:
Real, hearty Munich-Bavarian food for less euro and in a good quality: Go to the „Wirtshaus in Sendling“ (near U-Bahn Partnachplatz). If you like to have a fancy club atmosphere: Order a drink & some fusion food at „Cafe Cord“ (near Sendlinger Tor). And if you want to know more about the history of beer: Book a tour in the Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum (Sterneckerstraße, near Marienplatz) - very interesting & and a whole lot of fun!
Thank you for your time, Frank!
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