The big "WHY"

It all started with a lot of "Whys": "Why do I have to pay so much more just because I am venturing on my own?", "Why are there certain things that I had yesterday, which I can't get today – just because of the fact that I'm now on my own?", "Why does self-employment mean forsaking basic corporate benefits" and so the "Why's" continued... Followed by a lot of frustration… "Why do I need to waste my time trying to understand and obtain things that should be straightforward instead of spending all my time and energy on building my business?"

This was 10 years ago when Helle Priess, the Founder of Doerscircle, started her journey as an Independent Doer.

"When I decided to leave what lots of people would call my stable and well-paying corporate job to chase my dream, I ended up having to pay 5 times more than the corporate rate for a less favorable insurance plan, even though I had been with the same insurance company for almost 10 years. That didn't make sense to me. I soon experienced similar challenges in banking as well as in more straightforward areas like mobile and software subscriptions. I felt like I was almost being ‘punished' for choosing to start my own business, and for being willing to take risks to chase my dreams".

The future of work

In 10 years certain things have developed. The freelance economy is booming, co-working spaces are popping up everywhere, and one could claim that entrepreneurs are the change-makers of today. Almost 50% of the global work force is already self-employed… We simply live and work differently today compared to what we did just 10 years ago. We live in a world that is constantly evolving. Yet, the world is still designed by corporates, for corporates.

We see an enormous global shift in the way we live our lives. However, the world around us hasn't yet caught up. That creates some very significant imbalances. And that's exactly why we've created Doerscircle. We want to reshape the world for Independent Doers – Start-uppers, Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

Helle Priess, Founder of Doerscircle
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Reshaping the world for independent doers

We see Independent Doers as true innovators and future market drivers. As a team of entrepreneurs ourselves, we know what it is like to leave stability behind and jump into, or just live in, a world full of uncertainty. At Doerscircle, we unite Independent Doers to negotiate better conditions and ensure greater security and stability.

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We empower you to succeed

We believe that your time and energy should be focused on growing your business instead of spending time on and worrying about instability. Things should not become much more difficult when you are an Independent Doer. We are here to secure you easy access to affordable solutions, products and services essential in supporting your business, so that you can focus on creating value.

We believe in simplicity & transparency

Our solutions, benefits and services are targeted, easy to understand, and most importantly, affordable. As there are no hidden costs or markups, we are able to offer you corporate prices or even lower!

We are building a global community

Working independently can oftentimes be a lonely journey. We are building a support system and global network of Start-Uppers, Freelancers, and Entrepreneurs. We connect our members through various community events, where we can network, collaborate as well as learn and grow together; and we offer our members free exposure through our platform.

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Helle Priess
Founder & CEO

Hi! I'm Helle, the Founding Doer of Doerscircle. I founded Doerscircle because someone had to do it ;) For years I was frustrated, but also intrigued, by the huge gap, or disconnect, that I saw in the world. Cutting the story short here (check our Story above to read the longer version ;)) - I needed Doerscircle myself. That would have made my life so much easier, and the same thing I hear from all the fellow Independent Doers that I've met on my way so far. I'm a Doer by heart - I love getting things off the ground and be part of challenging the status quo and create positive changes. That's what we do at Doerscircle. We want to make your life easier - and put you in a position where you can focus on what you do best and enjoy the most - and leave the rest to us. How can we do that? By having an amazing team of very dedicated, passionate and smart people. I'm fortunate to head that. And when I'm not busy doing this? Then you'll probably find me tumbling around with my daughter; or doing any kind of sports as the sport junkie that I am.

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Jim Sangwine

Hi! I'm Jim, the Geek Doer. It's my job to make sure the tech stuff works: I build the software and keep the servers running. Oh, and I sometimes make photos at Doerscircle events since Photography is a passion of mine. After many years writing code for big corporates and Co-Founding another startup, I decided to join Doerscircle because I completely buy into in the vision and because I believe that together we can really help other Independent Doers achieve success.

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Frank Maail
Head of Engagement & Community

Hi! I'm Frank, the Impatient Doer. I like to get things done and see results - fast… ;) That's probably why they call me the Impatient Doer. I believe I have the best role of all - heading our engagement & community activities. With everything I do, I put our members first! Why I joined the team? Simple, I always wanted to build a business (I owned and ran a successful event company during my time at university) but after graduation I chose the 'obvious' route of securing a corporate role. I finally started building my own business again when I met Helle who asked me to join the team. The idea of Doerscircle simply just made so much sense to me and answered lots of the questions and challenges that I had myself as an Independent Doer. So, the decision to join wasn't really difficult - and I haven't regretted it for a second ;)

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Martin Breitenstein Hansen
Project Manager

Hi! I'm Martin, the Optimistic Doer. I like chasing opportunities and challenging the status quo wherever possible! I am a project manager here at Doerscircle and a big focus of mine is getting more solutions and benefits out to Independent Doers around the world through international expansion. I want Independent Doers to have better benefits and thereby better opportunities to pursue their dreams and create positive change and value. Simple as that. As someone who has worked in multiple startups and frequently organises networking events to meet like-minded people, I understand the importance of empowering and supporting Independent Doers. I joined Doerscircle with the goal to make life as an Independent Doer easier and to encourage more people to become Independent Doers, knowing that they have the right support to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

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Iris Toh
Content Marketer

Hi! I'm Iris, the Creative Doer. I am responsible for creating content and sharing stories to help inform and inspire you in your journey as an Independent Doer! I started my career in the public service, where I helped to grow and advance Singapore's arts and cultural scene. In my previous role, I worked on various professional and leadership development initiatives to help independent artists grow their careers. I love helping others and I strongly believe that Independent Doers deserve greater support in today's ever-evolving economy. I am excited to embark on this journey with Doerscircle to empower and inspire more Independent Doers in Singapore and beyond. I like to spend my free time exploring creative projects such as jewellery-making. I also enjoy slow weekends winding down with family/friends over a good cup of coffee or tea!

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Kadja Lorenz
Compliance Manager

Hi, I’m Kadja, the Diligent Doer. I’m working on all compliance related matters at Doerscircle. After having spent more than 10 years doing compliance in the Financial Sector I’m thrilled to have joined Doerscircle. I know that a lot of Independent Doers experience quite some obstacles on their journey and I’m very keen to help remove some of these obstacles - paving the way for all Independent Doers to achieve their ambitions. As the social person I am, it really motivates me to help Independent Doers succeed with their passion. I truly believe that when we help each other through networking and unite as a strong and powerful group, then we can accomplish great things. When I’m not working then I love doing all kinds of sports - and cooking ;)

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Wong Joo Seng

Hi! I'm Joo Seng, a VC, a Serial Tech Doer and proud Advisor to Doerscircle. I've been a strong supporter of Doerscircle since it was really just a powerpoint presentation and a vision. But what a great vision! Something that I completely buy into! I love being involved with this team and to be part of reshaping the world for Independent Doers - a world that I've been part of myself for the past 20 years. This is highly inspiring and never boring! When I'm not spending time with Doerscircle? Then I'm busy building and running Spark Systems as the Founder and CEO.