Why Blogging?

As mentioned in my bio, I was blogging for many years. After finishing my studies in 2009, I travelled the world for two years and used my blog to document my Poker career as well as my life experiences. Sometimes I even posted quality content for my readers! Back then Snapchat and the likes did not exist. But oh boy – if they did, it would have been a blast!

After quitting my professional Poker career, I dived into full-time business mode. At that time I did not know, if I would ever blog again. However, I decided, that I would not put as much effort on writing for a third party website again. After all, I entertained another company’s audience.

Over the last 12 years, I have been involved in a wide variety of businesses: Event Management, Poker, Catering, Real Estate, Consulting, IoT, Renewables, Gaming and Online Marketing. Some projects failed, others succeeded and a few promising ones are still ongoing. The learnings I gained are invaluable for future ventures.

Adefy is a business that is not only uniquely positioned, but also generates great results and shows tremendous potential for further growth. That is why I have decided to allocate even more resources to it. Our united backgrounds in game theory and data analysis combined with our professional mindset and rational decision-making approach, should enable us to gain an increased competitive advantage.

What can you expect from my blog posts?

Books are – and I am passionately convinced about it – life’s best investment opportunity. Therefore a significant part of my contribution will be the writing of reviews of what I consider great books or papers. I will only write about those that I believe have the capacity to change one’s personal and business life for good.

Great personalities have mostly had one common habit – they made reading books and learning a top priority in their life. They understood how to take advantage from the work of other smart people, who – in their books – often provided data, information and findings which took years or even an entire lifetime to collect. And the best thing is – it just costs you a handful of $$ to buy one of those books. What a bargain! Reading books therefore is a top priority in my life.

I have been reading books for many years and there was especially one that left an outstanding impression on me – Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. It probably taught me more than any other book. For that reason, my first review will be about this life changing volume of insights and wisdom. I do not have an academic legitimation to review his work but I would just like to share my personal experience with Kahneman.

Alongside book reviews, future blog posts will cover a wide range of topics such as investing, accounting, mindset, performance, communications, management and I might even touch on legal issues.

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Thomas Tiroch, aka TwiceT, aka TT.

My one-line pitch is: I am a business addict. In my early 20s, I graduated in Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship. Recently, now in my early 30s, I successfully completed a program on Venture Capital and Private Equity.

While formal education certainly does not hurt, I do not think that it is essential for entrepreneurial success. I have a strong opinion on gaining experience in projects or companies by having "own skin in the game". There are just so many skills a business school or university cannot teach us.

From 2008 to 2013 I enjoyed a professional career in playing some of the world’s most popular card games. Yes, these are skill games and you can even make a few $$.

While playing millions of poker hands (mostly online, but towards the end also offline in casinos) I worked as a content video producer and coach for the biggest online poker school. Beyond that I also offered private coachings to players around the world. My blog posts and strategy videos had > 1,000,000 views from platform members. Even though I quit contributing to the blog in 2013 it still is #1 in terms of all-time views on the English site.

At the end of my career I wrote a book (The Education of a Modern Poker Player) with JB, who is a math professor in Nottingham, UK, and Manu, who - fast forward three years - is now the BO$$ of Adefy. As JB tricked me into writing a book with him, I tricked Manu into moving to Vienna in order to join forces with us and work on our united mission.

Things are moving at an enormous pace and we are living in exciting times. My way of experiencing and influencing our world is mainly through my entrepreneurial lenses. Especially since 2013 I dived into full-time business mode and I don't see that changing anytime soon. For my passive stakes I try to mostly invest in companies that generate a positive and sustainable impact, mostly in the energy industry (consulting, renewables, energy efficiency). While I might be below average in many skills, I consider mindset, adaptability, competitiveness and work ethics my biggest strengths.

Interested in: Poker. Venture Capital and Private Equity. Renewables. Energy efficiency. E-mobility. Performance Marketing. Finance. Management. Investing.

Hobbies: Golf. Tennis. Badminton. Reading. Racing. Snowboarding.

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