Marina Zubrod

Marina Zubrod
  1. Tell us who you are!

    My name is Marina, I am CEO of asuro, a small insurance startup based in Frankfurt, Germany, and a strong networker.

  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    After my graduation at the prestigious university EBS in Oestrich-Winkel in 2012, I started as M&A analyst at BNP Paribas and worked in Frankfurt and in London. After more more than 3 years, I decided to change my job as I wanted to work in a leaner and more responsible environment, so I joined the venture capital arm of Commerzbank and invested in financial technology startups. After 1.5 years of challenging and inspirational work with great founders and management teams, I decided that it was time to start off something on my own, so I joined asuro in May 2016. Being responsible for other salaries and happiness is not new to me, my husband owns a restaurant for a couple of years now, in which I help him in terms of strategy and being the strong woman behind him. On a social level, I am on the board of my universities alumni association, which reflects how strongly I believe in networking.

  3. What does “Social Capital” mean to you?

    Everything. I believe that education is important, but I also believe that an A-graduate without social skills might be less successful than a B-graduate with strong empathy and self-promotion.

  4. What makes you successful in life/current job?

    Generally, I believe that my team likes working at asuro, because I am a hands-on leader who shares responsibilities, is always honest, and I try to be fun to work with – plus I combine business thinking with some sort of out-of-the-box-thinking. I don’t like discussing things over and over again, done is better than perfect. These are qualities I show in life as well due to my husband’s acitivities. In my private time, I am also mostly engaged with business.

  5. What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?

    At the age of 27, in combination with my husband’s companies and my position at asuro, I am responsible for 20 employees among three companies; their salaries, happiness, and jobs. On a personal level, I am very proud to have my husband on my side and that we got married this year despite all our ambitions and intensive time schedules – after all we do have a private life and many friends :-).

  6. What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?

    Skills: Discipline, professionalism, and networking. Experiences: I worked part-time next to school and university since I was 16 – this is the main reason why I am such a hard worker. Incidences: These would fill a book if I would start to reminiscence.

  7. What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?

    I love to help, support and encourage others to find their right job or place – especially women. We have to share our experiences and networks with ours, that is simply what social impact means.

  8. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?

    Enthusiasm, experience, and professional advice – maybe even friendship and fun 🙂

  9. What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?

    She should be aware that a mentorship is not a one-way street and that discipline and ambition is necessary to created powerful relationships.

  10. What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?

    To find the right job or place, she wishes for.

  11. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    Yes, but we can break it by working stronger together.