As it turned out, only a handful of others took Lakestar up on their offer. Igor Susmelj and I just happened to be among them. Even though I hadn’t met Igor before this evening, he seemed like a cool fellow and I decided to introduce myself. After some brief small talk we realized that we shared a lot more in common than we had ever expected. We were both working on our master thesis and, as it just so happens, we were to about to be working in the same lab. To put the cherry on the cake, we discovered that we even were assigned to the same supervisor, Prof. Luc van Gool. More specifically, we were both doing research on Generative Adversarial Neural Networks (GAN) in the Computer Vision Lab at ETH Zurich.
At that time, Igor was trying to delete cars from streets and I was trying to make vacation pictures out of nothing! In addition to our common research interests, we also shared a passion for entrepreneurship and the start-up world. Eventually, looking to the future and what the world might hold for us, it made absolute sense for us to pursue a path toward starting our own company. Having discovered an incredible amount of shared goals, ambitions, and passions our paths seemed to align much sooner than we thought. Working side-by-side on our research to prepare the ground for some promising future ventures, as a duo we got started. It did not take long to realize that our common skillset might come in handy in a competition too.