Martin Ostermayer completed his studies in business administration, majoring in marketing at the University of Hamburg with a degree as Dipl. Kaufmann. In 1995, he joined Panasonic Deutschland GmbH in Hamburg, where he was promoted to Head of Product Management TV over time. In 1998, as a holder of a DAAD scholarship, he decided to deepen his education with an MBA at the University of San Francisco focusing on Telecommunications. In 1999, during his studies in the USA, he founded the Internet start-up handy.de together with Dirk Freise and Thorsten Rehling. In 2002, handy.de was acquired by the Bertelsmann Group. Martin Ostermayer remained managing director of handy.de until the end of 2003. In 2004, Mr. Ostermayer moved on to freenet AG as a member of the management board and Head of Business Development. Here, he pursued various areas in the field of DSL(broadband) and mobile communications and was involved in the merger with mobilcom AG. In 2005, he left freenet and founded together with Dirk Freise and Thorsten Rehling the virtual mobile no-frills discounter blau. In December 2011 Martin founded together with Dirk Freise and Thorsten Rehling the Venture Capital firm Shortcut Ventures. Shortcut has raised 50m Euro and invests in latest technology start ups.
Since 2017 Martin Ostermayer invests mainly as Business Angel in companies of todays founder’s generation and he currently manages a portfolio of 20 investments.