What I do for work

Until recently, I was building out my own family office, www.thinkstorm.com/ventures, where I focused on early-stage venture capital managers and fund generations. Since August, I am a founding member of the NATO Innovation Fund (https://nif.fund/) and had to put that venture on hold to avoid any conflict of interest.

What I do for fun

I live in Berkeley, CA.  We love being outside. When we don’t take hikes or visit museums or the library, you will find me in my backyard trying to advance my wood working skills or fixing my historic race cars (aka buckets-of-bolts). As soon as the roads are dry you might catch me downhill skateboarding the Berkeley hills or the many great South Bay spots near San Jose or Palo Alto (please pick up more hitch-hiking downhill longboarders up the hill — you never know, maybe it’s a VC).

What’s up with the pictures?!

These are all close-ups of my woodworking hand tools I am using to build stuff. I love the feeling of them, the brass knobs and ductile iron. I enjoy the maintenance necessary to do great work. Planes constantly need sharpening and adjustments, as do the saw blades, gauges, chisels, etc. Sometimes slack is a good thing, sometimes it’s not. Minute adjustments 1/1000th of an inch make all the difference for truing up boards for gluing, working around knots and reading the grain. Every mistake amplifies over time. A lot can be learned from listening to your tools. I think there are a lot of parallels between my professional work and my hobbies.

Thorsten Claus


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