In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM

RENÉ GURKA
1971 - 2019

IN MEMORIAM

RENÉ GURKA
1971 - 2019

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It is with deep regret that we must relay of the passing of René Gurka, BigRep’s founder and former CEO.

René was a true visionary – full of excitement, warmth, quick-witted humor and charisma. He inspired everyone around him to achieve the unimaginable and was a leader who we at BigRep were infinitely fortunate to have.

Born in 1971 in the North Germany town of Varel (Friesland), he grew up in Wickede an der Ruhr. Later, he studied business law in Osnabrück before settling in Berlin. René was an energetic entrepreneur and imaginative creator. He brought his incredible energy to global leadership positions as Managing Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, California and of Berlin Partner GmbH, promoting the city as a leading hub for business and technology around the world.

René energized BigRep as a global brand from its foundation. He brought his personality and global thinking to the company’s core. René’s spirit lives on at BigRep where his limitless energy continues to fuel the daily lives of everyone there.

We cannot imagine what BigRep and all our daily lives would look like without René’s influence on the company and its employees. There are no words that can properly convey the incredible impact and inspiration that René had on the spaces he lived his life and his lasting influence on those around the world who were blessed to know him and remain dedicated to his ideas.

Our thoughts are with René’s family.
We are committed to fulfilling his vision for BigRep.

In tiefer Trauer und mit großem Bedauern müssen wir leider mitteilen, dass Herr René Gurka, der Gründer der BigRep GmbH und ihr früherer CEO, nach langer Krankheit verstorben ist.

René Gurka war ein echter Visionär – charismatisch und begeisterungsfähig; ein Schnelldenker mit unglaublich scharfem Verstand und zugleich warmherzig. Für alle, die ihn erlebten und mit ihm zusammenarbeiteten, war er eine Quelle der Inspiration: Wir alle bei BigRep schätzen uns glücklich ihn gekannt zu haben.

René Gurka wurde 1971 im norddeutschen Varel / Friesland geboren und wuchs in Wickede an der Ruhr auf. Später studierte er Wirtschaftsrecht in Osnabrück und ging dann nach Berlin. René war ein ungemein dynamischer Unternehmer, ein ideenreicher, kreativ Schaffender. Er brachte seine unglaubliche, ansteckende Energie in internationale Führungspositionen ein; zunächst als Managing Director der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handelskammer in San Francisco und schließlich als Geschäftsführer der Berlin Partner GmbH. Hier vermarktete er Berlin rund um die Welt als attraktiven Wirtschafts- und Technologiestandort.

Als Gründer der BigRep GmbH richtete er das Unternehmen vom ersten Tag an gezielt als globale Marke aus und hat mit seiner Persönlichkeit und seiner weltläufigen Zugewandtheit die Unternehmenskultur bis heutegeprägt. Seine schier unbegrenzte Energie motiviert uns alle bei BigRep auch jetzt noch.

Es ist für uns kaum vorstellbar, wie BigRep und unser Arbeitsleben ohne die unternehmerische Prägung von René Gurka und seine Wirkung auf die Mitarbeiter/innen heute aussähe: Den enormen Einfluss und die Inspiration, die René Gurka in seinem Leben auszeichnete; die Art, wie er alle, die das Glück hatten, ihn kennen zu dürfen, nachhaltig prägte, so dass sie bis heute seinen Gedanken verpflichtet sind – all das lässt sich nicht in Worte fassen.

Unsere Gedanken sind bei der Familie von René Gurka.

Die große BigRep-Familie, wir alle, wollen auch künftig seine Vision für BigRep verwirklichen.

It is with deep regret that we must relay of the passing of René Gurka, BigRep’s founder and former CEO.

René was a true visionary – full of excitement, warmth, quick-witted humor and charisma. He inspired everyone around him to achieve the unimaginable and was a leader who we at BigRep were infinitely fortunate to have.

Born in 1971 in the North Germany town of Varel (Friesland), he grew up in Wickede an der Ruhr. Later, he studied business law in Osnabrück before settling in Berlin. René was an energetic entrepreneur and imaginative creator. He brought his incredible energy to global leadership positions as Managing Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, California and of Berlin Partner GmbH, promoting the city as a leading hub for business and technology around the world.

René energized BigRep as a global brand from its foundation. He brought his personality and global thinking to the company’s core. René’s spirit lives on at BigRep where his limitless energy continues to fuel the daily lives of everyone there.

We cannot imagine what BigRep and all our daily lives would look like without René’s influence on the company and its employees. There are no words that can properly convey the incredible impact and inspiration that René had on the spaces he lived his life and his lasting influence on those around the world who were blessed to know him and remain dedicated to his ideas.

Our thoughts are with René’s family.
We are committed to fulfilling his vision for BigRep.

In tiefer Trauer und mit großem Bedauern müssen wir leider mitteilen, dass Herr René Gurka, der Gründer der BigRep GmbH und ihr früherer CEO, nach langer Krankheit verstorben ist.

René Gurka war ein echter Visionär – charismatisch und begeisterungsfähig; ein Schnelldenker mit unglaublich scharfem Verstand und zugleich warmherzig. Für alle, die ihn erlebten und mit ihm zusammenarbeiteten, war er eine Quelle der Inspiration: Wir alle bei BigRep schätzen uns glücklich ihn gekannt zu haben.

René Gurka wurde 1971 im norddeutschen Varel / Friesland geboren und wuchs in Wickede an der Ruhr auf. Später studierte er Wirtschaftsrecht in Osnabrück und ging dann nach Berlin. René war ein ungemein dynamischer Unternehmer, ein ideenreicher, kreativ Schaffender. Er brachte seine unglaubliche, ansteckende Energie in internationale Führungspositionen ein; zunächst als Managing Director der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handelskammer in San Francisco und schließlich als Geschäftsführer der Berlin Partner GmbH. Hier vermarktete er Berlin rund um die Welt als attraktiven Wirtschafts- und Technologiestandort.

Als Gründer der BigRep GmbH richtete er das Unternehmen vom ersten Tag an gezielt als globale Marke aus und hat mit seiner Persönlichkeit und seiner weltläufigen Zugewandtheit die Unternehmenskultur bis heutegeprägt. Seine schier unbegrenzte Energie motiviert uns alle bei BigRep auch jetzt noch.

Es ist für uns kaum vorstellbar, wie BigRep und unser Arbeitsleben ohne die unternehmerische Prägung von René Gurka und seine Wirkung auf die Mitarbeiter/innen heute aussähe: Den enormen Einfluss und die Inspiration, die René Gurka in seinem Leben auszeichnete; die Art, wie er alle, die das Glück hatten, ihn kennen zu dürfen, nachhaltig prägte, so dass sie bis heute seinen Gedanken verpflichtet sind – all das lässt sich nicht in Worte fassen.

Unsere Gedanken sind bei der Familie von René Gurka.

Die große BigRep-Familie, wir alle, wollen auch künftig seine Vision für BigRep verwirklichen.

"OUR VISION IS TO CHANGE THE WORLD"

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Volker Hammes wrote on August 16, 2019 at 11:59 am:
Lieber Rene, Dich kennengelernt zu haben, hat mein Leben sehr bereichert. Gerne hätte ich mit Dir noch so manche kleine Revolution angezettelt. Manchmal habe ich gedacht, wir könnten Brüder sein. Brüder im Geiste waren wir allemal. Vielen Dank für alles Gemeinsame. Vieles von Dir lebt in den Herzen Deiner Lebensgefährten, in den Projekten, die nun von anderen vorangetrieben, aber vor allem in Deinen Kindern weiter. Deine Visionen, Deine Tatkraft, Deine Zuversicht, Deine Inspiration wird in uns weiterleben und viel Gutes bewirken. In Freundschaft und Dankbarkeit, Volker
Hassan Sohbi wrote on August 16, 2019 at 10:31 am:
Als wir vor einigen Jahren die ersten Druckmaschinen in Berlin besichtigten, haben wir gestaunt und waren begeistert. Die Nachricht, dass René Gurka die Erfüllung seiner Vision nicht mehr selbst bis zur Vollendung hat begleiten können, hat uns sehr betroffen. Unsere Anteilnahme gilt der Familie und seinen engen Freunden und Mitarbeitern. Hassan Sohbi, Olga Kopka (neé Radjuk), Marvin Singh, Kerstin Kromm
Elipeo wrote on August 15, 2019 at 12:46 pm:
I've met René, at 3D Print Show London sept. 2014 with the BigRep One 1. In those early times of 3D printing, BigRep realized the 1rst cubic & utopic machine which artists- sculptors had ever desired. René and his team started this dream up in a really daring venture. It was a pleasure to share that energy and spirit. Compassion towards his family and friends.
Dick Potharst wrote on August 14, 2019 at 3:39 pm:
My sympathy to Rene and my condolences to his family, friends and all the BigRep staff. We will never forget him.
Gavin Suss wrote on August 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm:
My heart is with his family, I met Rene years ago when we bought one of the first printers of Bigrep in Israel. Rene is one of those people that you meet and never forget, an inspiration for all, smart and always positive. Our last meeting in Berlin was an unforgettable event and I will cherish his memory for life. Rest in peace Shlaom
Jens Herzog wrote on August 14, 2019 at 2:07 pm:
Lieber Rene, du warst ein guter Freund und mein erster Chef in San Francisco. Unsere gemeinsame Zeit bei der Kammer wird mir immer in liebvoller Erinnerung bleiben. In den letzten Wochen musste ich häufig an unsere Abende in der Suppenküche bei Fabi in San Francisco denken. Du hast meinen Lebensweg gekreuzt und für immer mit-geprägt. Meine Gedanken sind bei deinen Kindern, Dorle, deinem Bruder und deinen Eltern. Ich wünsche ihnen Kraft für einen Weg ohne dich. Ruhe in Frieden mein Freund. Until we meet again....
Ronja wrote on August 14, 2019 at 12:52 pm:
My thoughts and my heart are with the wife and the three kids. May you have a lot of loving support to help you through these hard times. Many have said it - I admired your ability to inspire others and create visions no one else would dare dreaming of.
Paul Burdick wrote on August 14, 2019 at 12:13 pm:
Sorry for the loss. my sympathies and prayers are with you in this difficult time
Sergey Kiba wrote on August 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm:
Friends, we are sorry for Your loss! Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of René Gurka! C&MI team, Minsk, Belarus.
Renato Gross wrote on August 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm:
It was a very sad day when my friend Rene left us all, on the birthday of another great friend, who was taken from this world for the very same reason. Thank you for the great moments that we enjoyed while putting BigRep to the map, having fun while overcoming the tough challenges with great winning spirit. Farewell Rene, we'll carry on the mission.
Johannes wrote on August 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm:
Dear Rene, you were the reason why I invested in BigRep. We will miss your vision and ability to excite us about the future of 3D printing. Rest In Peace!
Vanderlei Werneck wrote on August 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm:
One more "Star" is born in the sky 😢
Reuven G. Yativ wrote on August 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm:
May Mr. Gurka rest in peace. A great personality who established a great company which for sure will carry out and on his vision.
André Kaufung (innos-Sperlich) wrote on August 13, 2019 at 9:02 am:
With great consternation we received the sad news. With René, we have lost a reliable business partner, friend and esteemed colleagues with visions. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the BigRep team.
Erich Daniel wrote on August 11, 2019 at 9:56 am:
God looked around in his garden and found an empty space He then looked down on earth and saw his smiling face. He wrapped his arms around him and lifted him to the rest. God's garden must be beautiful He only takes the best.
Brando Okolo wrote on August 11, 2019 at 2:25 am:
Dear Rene, What a shock to read that you have gone on another journey. I recall my first meeting with you in 2015. I had co-founded Indmatec (now Apium) a year earlier and on the verge of discovering our niche in the market. Our meeting in Berlin gave me one of the most motivational "bang" on the head. You are such an inspiration. Our talks at the fairs and the promise keep driving this vision to the farthest parts of our universe were just awesome. You will be dearly missed. Cheers to you my friend
Isot wrote on August 9, 2019 at 10:49 pm:
Lieber René, Du warst ein unkonventioneller und antreibender Chef. Ich habe Dich sehr geschätzt und gemocht, auch wenn wir Differenzen hatten. Unglaublich, dass Du nicht mehr da bist. Du warst so vital und lebenshungrig. Ruhe in Frieden. Ich bin froh, Dich getroffen zu haben. Alles Gute für Deine Familie, und für alle die Dich betrauern und vermissen. Isot
Han D. Grzywnowicz wrote on August 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm:
Very sad news. I would like to express my deepest condolences to family and friends on behalf of The 3D Printing Lady & team. Rest in peace René.
Eduard Navarro wrote on August 9, 2019 at 11:44 am:
Dearest Rene, Thank you for all the wonderful moments spent together over so many years. From Atlanta to New York, Mallorca or Berlin, or even at your wedding in Osnabrueck. It was the greatest. I will remember and miss you. -Edu
Mirco I. Richardson wrote on August 9, 2019 at 10:51 am:
Never will forget lunch with him alone at the SOHO in Summer 2014, after meeting the "first" time in Spring 2014. He walked in being greeted by everyone and to me it felt like: "Wow, was there ever anyone in Berlin who did NOT know him". He had a smile on his face the whole time. He was a born mover & shaker in every positive sense of the word. And it was there, as we were talking, that we realized by coincidence that we were part of the same event with dignitaries from Qatar 4 years earlier ; he was the morning show and I the afternoon show. We had basically missed each other by 2 or 3 minutes. Looking back, it would have been great if these 2 or 3 minutes hadn't separated us, 'cause talking with René was always enriching. RIP

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