Founders


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Ajda

ROLE: co-founder of ZMAG institute, contact person, project leader

She has a MsC in biotechnology. During her studies she was active in numerous organizations and clubs and during that time she has acquired a number of very appreciated soft skills, leadership and project coordination. She promotes creativity and likes transferring all this gained knowledge to younger members of ZMAG. She brings elan and energy to the team. She values great sense of humor.

Also, she is one of the rare people who can scold you for doing something wrong, but she does it with a smile, leaving you feeling great somehow.

»Preserve your sense of humor in all areas of life which trouble you.« (unknown author)

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Marko

ROLE: co-founder of ZMAG Institute, advisor

Has a BsC in Computer and Information sciences and works in the telecommunications sector. Marko connects people, just like a well known Swedish phone company. He wants to help co-create a better environment, that’s one of the reasons he decided to co-found ZMAG.

He is able to recognize, sum-up and explain the problem in a very short time. His role in ZMAG Institute, due to his demanding job, is limited to an advisory one, but his advice often helps resolve a standing argument. In his spare time he likes to cook and spend time in nature. Some of his favourite foods include cooked liver, medium-rare vampi and deep-fried grasshoppers. (1,5 out of 3 are actually true)

Marko travels a lot with his girlfriend, but they never send us a card. One day they will, though.

»No comment is a comment« (George Carlin)

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Vlado

ROLE: co-founder of ZMAG Institute, advisor

Electrotechnical enginer sales-development entrepreneur guy by trade, musician by heart. Helps ZMAG secure and develop projects and connect to specialist partners and investors. Control freak with a demanding day job, his Asana task list is always full. He knows he’d burn out without the team members of ZMAG. Believes we need to work together for common solutions, but it needs to be in the right way. Tried setting up EV and V2G network in Slovenia in 2008, but was too early.

» The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. « (George Bernard Shaw)

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Specialists!


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Anže | www marketing, tourism

Professionaly Anze tells people where to go to relax and learn something new. 5 years ago he started familiarizing himself with www marketing and strategies for internet presence of businesses. During that time he acquired various knowledge and skills, which he continuously upgrades and hones while using them for projects.

He is communicative, adaptable, reliable, on time and open for team work.

He can offer ideas and fresh approaches to both experienced and new enterpreneurs, so that they may hit their target market.

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Dejan | IT, cripto-currencies, Tržič

Dejan is a student of the second year of informatics. In ZMAG Institute, he is in charge of IT support and he is very interested and active in the fields of cripto-currencies. If you want to know anything about BITcoins, digital crypto-secure-top-knotch stuff, just ask. He might tell you. He is also an active member of bitcoin society of Slovenia and from Tržič.

Just like Jure O., Dejan also doesn’t speak a lot, but when he does, he says it all. A true man of action, kind of like Clint Eastwood in all those westerns – more dead guys than lines of dialogue. Even though he is from Trzic, we still love him.

»Wax on, wax off« (mr. Miyagi) See what I mean?

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Živa | photography, biotechnology

Živa has a BsC in biotechnology and a camera in her hand… A combination of a scientific mind and an artistic soul. During the course of her studies, while cooperating in numerous projects, she learned that success is based on correct knowledge transfer. She joined ZMAG’s team to gain new experiences and to be a part of a unique group of people who, with their boldness and innovative ideas, overcome challenges standing in way of realizing my, your and our dreams.

Živa is attracted to unconventional ideas, rational thinking and aesthetics. Like a true ninja masteress, she is able to sneak into a meeting without anyone ever noticing her until she wants to be noticed. She also takes amazing photos! Here you can see her at 6 when she just finished setting up the lovely background scene for her selfie. She called this piece “That’s what you get for leaving me in the backyard alone with matches in a very dry summer”

»If you want  something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.« (Thomas Jefferson)

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Matija | iindustrial design

Formally educated as an industrial engineer who also has a Masters degree in productive design which he got at the famous Elisav school of design in Barcelona (pronounced BARTHELONA : ) ). Fluent in graphical design and illustration, he is a valuable asset to ZMAG, making sure we don’t do anything displeasing to the eye. In design, he is drawn towards creating solutions which would be intuitivelly understanding for the client but in an exciting and innovative way.

He actively participated in the successful Kickstarter project Swich Wireless charger, which he both designed and helped carry out the campaign for, by doing promotional activities. Always cool, calm and collected and a member of the top secret beardheads society of ZMAG which Anže also is a proud member of.

»Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.« (Steve Jobs)

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Marina | legal advisor

Marina has a bachelors degree in law and in ZMAG she and Blaž are focused on economy law (statutes, contracts, intellectual rigths but mostly crowdfunding) She has gained a lot of experience by working with numerous NGO’s, coordinating prijects, applying for grants and organizing various events.

She has a passion for languages, which stems from her wish to work in an international surrounding. That’s why she either speaks swahilli or just clicks a lot. We don’t know, we just listen and do like she says. :  )

Marina’s vision is to help build positive stories based on constructive cooperation.

She looks all nice and calm, but when she starts writing those legal papers, her demeanor quickly changes from innocent lamb to hungry shark. Something like that : )

»AaaaaAAa, AAaaAAAA!« (Tarzan)

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Blaž | legal advisor

Blaž is our legal advisor with great work experience which he acquired working in the non-governmental sector as an advisor for youths and also as a project leader on several projects. He is the geek on call, allways alert and eager to detect new and interesting new technologies that might change our lives next. And that goes hand in hand with his love for information technology, gadgets, gizmos and science fiction. Not Science fiction like the romantic movies Hollywood keeps making which make us expect too much of our relationships, no! Blaž believes in Yoda, R2D2 and Futurama. But like Adam in the garden back in the day, he don’t like no Apple.

Blaž is also a dad, a movie-and-series buff and a humanist. Skies in the winter, dives in the summer, and as if he didn’t have enough to do in between of all these activities, he reads books.

»I like soup«   (Ghandi and some other people too)

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Jure O | business advisor

Cum laude economist with a specialized Masters in Money and Finance, in ZMAG Institute, Jure deals mostly with things related to getting projects and businesses funded. Investors, venture capital and so on.

He is always 100% focused and we are fortunate that his knowledge of economics is so deep and ever-growing. He is a true undertalker and oversayer, very much like our Dejan. He often helps tune business plans and cordially helps put start-up teams in the realistic place, which is often not where they thought they were, but that’s ok.

Currently Jure is working abroad for a very important corporation and we miss him a lot.

»If I had some bacon, I’d make some bacon’n eggs, if I had any eggs.« (unknown politician talks about economy and planning)

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Tina S | event organization, PR, marketing

Currently studying for her masters degree at the Faculty of Economics, Tina found immense joy in organizing various events, doing public relations. She welcomes with open arms all challenges connected with the often arduous work with people and she also loves marketing. She loves the dynamics of it and she excels in tuning all aspects of her job to the finest details until she achieves the exact results she wanted.

Only God, whatever you might think hesheit may be, can help those who don’t respect her tenacity to do great PR and marketing.

Tina always puts all her heart in whatever she does and we love her for that.

»…I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed… I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is *my* dream. *I’ll* decide where it goes from here.« (Alice in Wonderland)

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You, let’s call you Chuck | Leadership

Chuck or Chuckita, you’re not a member yet. But you are capable of doing great things, you just need to be challenged. Would Chuck Norris have found out how strong he was hadn’t he done a push-up and saw that he is actually pushing the entire planet away from him, rather than just lifting his body? No, he had to be challenged. Could Jean Claude Van Damme have done the perfect split with the two trucks? No, he was challenged by evil Swedes from Volvo. NO, I don’t mean ABBA. Could Yogi have stolen the pic-a-nic basket had he not been hungry? You guessed right, no. The same goes for He-Man, Snow White and Malcom X – they needed a challenge. You could help a project get a new identity, perhaps help promote it worldwide, maybe help a team develop some completely new and radical solution and get some sweat equity and sweet cash. You are eager to learn new things! Just like Bruce Lee or Spiderman, you are undaunted by the task in front of you. If so, and if you don’t really believe you are a vigilante called upon by the gods, feel free to drop us an email. However if you are the vigilante called upon by gods, at least call Matija to help you out with your look, call Tina to help you get your PR in order and… Heck, you’re just another enterpreneur.

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