Markus Thausing-Aichberger - Lion

Announcing the Fifth Lion of the Lions Den 2024, Markus Thausing-Aichberger from A1 International Business

Lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep…

As part of The Innovators 2024, ROCCO introduces within the Genesis event an innovation showcase session where companies can present ideas /products or solutions. An important part of this is the Lion’s Den.

Lion’s Den

A Vendor/MNO pitches an innovative idea / product / solution which could help the Roaming, Messaging, Interconnect and Fraud & Security industry to generate revenues or save costs, become more efficient or offer more quality solutions to end subscribers. They will present to a panel of Lions who give live feedback to them in-front of the Genesis audience.

Markus Thausing-Aichberger

Markus Thausing-Aichberger is a seasoned telecom professional with robust experience in the industry, predominantly within the realm of international roaming. Based in Vienna, Austria, Markus currently holds the esteemed position of Head of Group Wholesale Roaming at A1 International Business.

In his capacity, Markus is entrusted with the comprehensive oversight of roaming wholesale revenues and costs across the A1 Group, demonstrating his adeptness in managing intricate financial aspects while driving strategic growth initiatives. His responsibilities extend to spearheading business development endeavours in the realm of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT), wherein he leverages Global IMSI and Business Intelligence (BI) for IoT detection, thus showcasing his forward-thinking approach to emerging technologies.

Prior to his current role, Markus served as the Head of Wholesale Roaming & Mobile Solutions at A1 Telekom Austria Group. During this time, he played a pivotal role in shaping the wholesale roaming landscape, overseeing revenue and cost management while also championing innovative mobile solutions tailored for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). His expertise encompassed areas such as signalling for roaming, Global Mobile IoT Connectivity, and Anti-Fraud solutions, reflecting his proficiency in navigating complex technological terrains.

As a Lion, Markus is known as a strategic leader committed to driving innovation and excellence in telecommunications. He embodies the core values of integrity, innovation and strategic foresight in all the initiatives he is involved.

How Lion’s Den works

  • Companies/ Individuals pitch their idea to the Lions, showing with a maximum of 7 slides the full solution, its name, cost, use, time to market, etc
  • The Lions will listen with an open mind to each idea which is being pitched to them.
  • The Lions will ask direct questions, and debate among themselves the pros and cons of the idea and whether they like the idea.
  • They will give honest feedback/constructive criticism stating why they approve or disapprove of the business idea/solution and provide a final opinion.
  • Lions are intimidating, and not always nice, you don’t know how they will react, but they will ultimately provide good advice

The Lions (all people from MNOs) will rate their innovations, and the audience at Genesis will also have a chance to rate the idea. Both ratings will configure the final ranking of The Innovators 2024 Report.

Find out more about The Innovators here.