Stages of my Career
In January 2023 I started my role as Chief Information Officer at BLOCKSIZE which combines my skills and interests very well. I currently manage several business-critical teams and I am especially responsible for product strategy, project management, and generating growth. Before I worked for the same company in the fields of DeFi and node operations after I joined the company at the beginning of 2022.
Additionally, I also work today as an Advisor to organizations in Europe and the United States in the fields of web technology. For several years I have also published articles in magazines and blogs, such as in Der Bank Blog and IHK-Magazin (in German language).
Until the end of December 2021 I used to work for a company in the insurance services sector in Frankfurt as IT allrounder. However, this activity was not limited to the pure programming of given content, but includes a wide range of tasks. These included interaction design, strategic advice, conversion optimization and SEO, project management, provision of web content, management of the AWS cloud services, and the programming of web applications.
Until 2016, I worked for a Burda Digital company for five years in programming, development and conversion optimization of eCommerce systems for Lidl and REWE. Prior to that in 2004, I founded the startup Emporis and built it up as managing director as an international real estate database. I did this with a multi-million euro support of the bank KfW as well as the VC investor Neuhaus Partners and eventually sold the company successfully in 2010. Today Emporis belongs to a group that is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Prior to my work there, I worked as a managing director, programmer and consultant for smaller media agencies. Further along my career, I also worked for an engineering office in the field of network technology, Escom Computer AG, and Dresdner Bank. I began my career by working for a real-estate developer and in property management.
Below is an overview of each company and my responsibilities there:
Chief Information Officer
Blockchain Company (since January 2023)
BLOCKSIZE offers institutional investors high-end infrastructure to analyze, trade, and manage digital assets. Customers of the company can understand market opportunities, analyze risk exposure, access aggregated liquidity, and execute trades with the highest precision. BLOCKSIZE has offices in Frankfurt, New York City, and Singapore.
My role as CIO includes these tasks:
- leading the company with energy and empathy
- create digital products in the financial space
- understand and describe great technical complexity in simple words
- development, communication, and implementation of the product vision
- disciplinary management of business-critical teams
- responsibility for budgets and the management of information technology
- focus on growth
One of my goals is to educate about the importance of compliant digital asset market data which institutional users will need under the growing regulatory pressure.
At the beginning of 2023 I helped significantly to launch a new product offering at BLOCKSIZE. This solution simplifies the publication and monetization of data on blockchains for financial market players and is called BLOCKSIZE ORACLE.
Head of DeFi/Node Operations
Blockchain Company (since January 2022)
At the beginning of 2022 I started a new professional challenge that fits with my experiences and interests. As Head of Decentralized Finance and Node Operations at BLOCKSIZE, I play an important role in the implementation of digital solutions in the financial sector based on blockchain technology.
In the node operations area, I have been responsible for the smooth operation of the blockchain infrastructure in several data centers since I started. With my team, I ensure that smart contracts (and thus especially DEXs) receive reliable market data. BLOCKSIZE is one of the highest quality Chainlink node operators and has a large number of blockchain nodes running for blockchain protocols such as Ethereum and Avalanche.
The DeFi sector and institutional market participants need reliable market data for the use of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Therefore, in cooperation with numerous colleagues at BLOCKSIZE, I created a new product in summer 2022 that provides institutional users with one of the first compliant, transparent price data: BLOCKSIZE CONNECT. The product provides real-time trading and historical data on hundreds of liquid and illiquid assets for commercial purposes.
DeFi Blockchain Meetup (since beginning of 2022)
In the spring of 2022, I launched a Frankfurt blockchain meetup together with three other enthusiasts. Especially with the waning of the corona pandemic, I wanted to set an example and thus boost networking again. And with great success: In 2022, four of these blockchain events took place with hundreds of participants.
Blockchain Projects (since end of 2021)
Participation as a fellow at the Digital Euro Association (DEA), a think tank specializing in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), stablecoins, crypto assets, and other forms of digital money. In particular, the Digital Euro Association focuses on the creation of a private and public digital euro.
Additionally I am advising the Electra Foundation, which is working on the further development and worldwide adoption of the new Electra Protocol blockchain. Electra Protocol wants to revolutionize payments and create an innovative platform for payments and DeFi (Decentralized Finance). Among the upcoming solutions of Electra Protocol are smart contracts, public smart contract tokens, and validator nodes. In combination with real-time transactions and near zero gas fees, the project will help to change finance forever. I support the development of projects and help with networking. On January 1, 2022, a relaunch of the official Electra Protocol website went live, which was coordinated by me as leader.
InsurTech Enterprise (2016 until December 2021)
Project manager and web developer at Policen Direkt, market leader in the secondary market for life insurance in Germany. Here, conception and realization of various web portals of the group on the subject of insurance, including conversion optimization as well as the technical provision via AWS cloud at the AWS regions Frankfurt and London. Implementation of a portal for contract management (programming of front end, conception of interfaces, and connection to an existing CRM system). Use of agile instruments like Scrum and Jira. Coordination of work between marketing, management, product development, and external partners as well as managing more than 100 top level domains. Ambassador of corporate values for the company since 2019.
Initiator and Author
Information Portal (since 2017)
I love Frankfurt and its skyscrapers! Creation of the information portal SKYLINE ATLAS to provide the Frankfurt skyline a home online. Author of numerous articles about the real estate industry, such as high-rise buildings, data centers, and the housing market. Conducting interviews with decision-makers from the real estate industry and politics. SKYLINE ATLAS today has many contributors and more than 1m readers per year. Since summer 2021, Dean Vukovic has been taking care of the further expansion.
Large Media Enterprise (2011 until 2016)
Project lead and hands-on development of online shops as well as conversion optimization at Valentins (100% owned by Burda Digital at the time). Development of frontends and backends of at least five ecommerce websites including well-known brands such as Lidl and REWE having millions of transactions. Improvements of conversion rates and self dependent implementation of different IT projects.
Web Developer and Founder
VC-financed startup (2004 until 2010)
Founding and building of the information provider Emporis in Germany. Expansion of the own position as global market leader for information on major construction projects. Attraction of a multi-million venture capital funding by KfW Bankengruppe and Neuhaus Partners. Roles: developer, managing director, chief technology officer, and chief innovation officer. Later sale of the company (exit 2010).
Head of Media Agency
Advertising Agency (1997)
Founding and building of the media agency Starconcept in Germany. Realization of web sites, print projects, and applications on CD-ROM. Design and execution of exhibitions, books and print publications, and media services for companies.
Design Agency (1998 until 2003)
Conception, graphics design, and programming of websites. Project realization for well-know banks and involvement in the creation of annual reports.
IT Support Company (1996)
Conception and programming of webpages and databases. Service duties for banks for HP/Sun/Oracle solutions.
Publications and Interviews
Several publications and interviews in newspapers and on TV, publication of a real estate pocket book in bestseller run. Additionally, I am the initiator of the SKYLINE ATLAS portal.
Thanks to my extensive experiences I am helping the management of several organizations in the field of web technology in Europe and the United States as being part of their advisory boards.
I attended the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economy & Management in Essen. I received a technical diploma in machine building and english.