Jost Stollmann

Entrepreneur, world circumnavigator, former German Shadow Minister

Jost Stollmann has built and sold a US$1B company, circumnavigated the globe in a racer-cruiser with five children, was a Shadow Minister in the German government and also taken on the 'Big Four' Australian banks.

A visionary and communicative character who has been described as "a serial entrepreneur", Jost's life to date has reflected his love of driving change and bringing new things to life. He constantly seeks new paths, new challenges and new and innovative business solutions.

With a track record of great success in diverse areas, Jost's presentations are perfect for business owners, groups and associations and business advisers.

Jost founded and grew the German system and network integrator CompuNet Computer AG into a US$1B company, achieving recognition as the first most outstanding success story of the 'New Economy'. He sold the company to GE Capital US in 1996, then led the integration and expansion of GE Capital IT Solutions across Europe.

After he sold CompuNet Jost became German Federal Shadow Minister for Economy and Technology in 1998, making a significant contribution to the landslide victory of the first German government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

If those achievements weren't already enough, Jost Stollmann also commissioned an award-winning 40m high-performance racer-cruiser and became a world circumnavigator. He sailed 40.000 nautical miles around the planet with his wife and family of five children, eight-member crew and three teachers. They spent two years visiting the most remote islands of the planet and learned how to explore, understand, communicate, and to grasp the beauty, diversity, harmony and challenges of nature and mankind. Along the way, Jost achieved a fourth place in the Millennium Cup at Auckland (NZ) against some of the world America's Cup elite.

Jost Stollmann has been living in Australia since 2004 and is the Executive Director and CEO of Tyro Payments Limited, a business with a special banking license that competes with the big four banks to offer innovative and affordable payment solutions to Australian merchants and volume billers. Tyro has since become a significant player in the Australian financial services industry:  MYOB has adopted Tyro for its MYOB EFTPOS product and in 2011, Tyro was recognised by BRW Magazine as the fourth fastest growing enterprise in Australia.

Jost Stollmann talks about:

  • Circumnavigating the globe - turning your dreams into reality
  • Leading your business in a changing world
  • Being a successful entrepreneur - Jost's remarkable story