February 15, 2005
Chris Shipley Interviews Kai Krause
Chris starts by asking Kai, “Where have you been and what have you been doing?” Kai doesn’t spend much time talking about his new innovations – in fact, the tone of the entire discussion is about his desire to escape from it all for peace and solitude in rural Germany. He talks about buying his turn of the century castle, getting lost in his old German hometown, and working on his new project, which he is incredibly vague about. He adds, “I don’t need any money and don’t plan on doing a demo.”
We hear a lot about the castle and a lot about the past. People who have never seen Kai demo or know who is he is in the audience are confused.
His goal after MetaCreations and heading back to Europe was to start a future lab – but without the pressure. What does he mean by this? “In Europe, there’s not the same kind of infrastructure, such as the network of VCs that we here,” says Kai. “Sure, there are tons of great ideas over there and smart engineers but we don’t have the structure in place.”
Kai keeps echoing the words peace and solitude. He feels that the kind of pressure he left in Corporate America, forces companies to come out with things far too early. He syas that he didn’t want to live with the kind of pressure that it takes to meet $12 million a quarter.
As for his passion today, it seems to be more about his castle, his wife and creating innovation silently in the country. When Chris pushes Kai into sharing more about his new innovation, Kai continues to be vague. “It’s a window into a world, and where they really make or break it is at the final moment.” Hmm, I’m not sure what that really means. He says he wants to come to DemoEurope, so perhaps we’ll find out more in the next year.
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Hello, I am a writer trying to contact Chris Shipley regarding Kai Krause. This is for a Vocoder book that I'm finishing up.
Posted by: Dave Tompkins | Jan 13, 2007 6:19:05 AM
How can I get the following inquiry to Mr. Kai Krause?
Mr. Krause's past partner John Wilczak has moved into our community and is hard at work reshaping almost all aspects here. This may be a good thing... or a bad thing. Any insights as to the desirability of having Mr. Wilczak's vision replace our one time bucolic existence with a more centralized (and expensive) bureaucracy would be most appreciated.
Posted by: Jeff Kruthers | Sep 30, 2007 11:33:22 AM