Those who want to go fast go
alone. Who wants to go far,
story of mantro is quickly told
In the beginning, there were three software developers who discovered their own entrepreneurial drive at the age of 14 and 16. Already at school, but initially only with the permission of their parents and the principal, Markus, Ben and Manfred were allowed to take their first steps. What started as one-man-shows changed when the boys met each other at university.
At university the first common product idea was born. However, this one died much faster due to inexperience. Nevertheless, three like-minded people had found each other, whose skills complemented each other wonderfully and whose first joint business plan still stands for the core of mantro today: Who wants to be fast, goes alone. Those who want to go far, go together.
2008 - 2011
Instead of its own products, the newly founded mantro.net GmbH is growing by implementing ever larger software products for international corporations. The strong technical foundation of the founders is now being joined by more and more business expertise, and so mantro, with its unique combination of business and tech, occupies a place at the top of the supplier lists.
In companies, everything is turned upside down and things are rethought.
It is precisely this combination of skills that is needed in times of rapidly advancing digitization. In companies, everything is being turned upside down and things are being rethought. And right in the middle of this is now mantro GmbH, whose focus has long since moved beyond the pure development of software.
The enthusiasm for own products is reborn and leads to the foundation and development of absence.io and fleetster, built from own capital and with full entrepreneurial risk.
Over the years, two focal points had developed at mantro
Development and implementation of enterprise IT systems in the complex corporate world. And the founding of our own product companies. Exactly these focal points in combination hit the nerve of the time.
While we were celebrating our first exit at absence.io, we founded the first corporate venture of its kind together with EnBW: Liv-T. With Oilfox, we broke new ground and a new kind of collaboration. A symbiosis between corporates and IT companies was born: the innovation joint venture.
The mantro was and is a melting pot of hungry people.
That's why it didn't stop at a few ventures. 17 companies were founded in a very short time. Some lost their way, most of them were and are still successful today. We were able to successfully place Reev and Mobiko, among others, on the market together with large companies and build up our own teams.
As with any fast-growing company, however, old habits must be cut and old structures torn down to ensure continued success. The consulting business, which was purely focused on technical implementation, was discontinued and reinvented with the mantro product studio.
It's time to make more of what you've learned.
We are completely rethinking mantro. In our ecosystem, things aren't just created on whiteboards and pretty slide decks. We build. We invent. And we invite others to simply join in.
And along the way, we develop ideas and implement them. And if it doesn't fit, we tear down what we've created. Because our goal is not to arrive in the digital world, but to be on the move in it.
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