Stages of my Career

In January 2022 I started a new professional role which combines my skills and interests very well. In the future I will help BLOCKSIZE CAPITAL to open up great potentials in the financial industry as Head of DeFi and Node Operations.

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).

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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:

Head of DeFi/Node Operations

Blockchain Company (since January 2022)

At the beginning of 2022 I started a new professional challenge that fits perfectly with my experiences and interests. As Head of Decentralized Finance and Node Operations at BLOCKSIZE CAPITAL, 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 CAPITAL 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 CAPITAL, 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.

Advisor

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.

IT Allrounder

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. 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 as a hobby project so that the Frankfurt skyline has a media home. 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. The SKYLINE ATLAS today has many contributors and more than 800,000 readers per year. Since summer 2021, Dean Vukovic has been taking care of the further expansion.

e-Commerce Expert

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.

IT Freelancer

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 Consultant

IT Support Company (1996)

Conception and programming of webpages and databases. Service duties for banks for HP/Sun/Oracle solutions.

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCES

Due Diligences
Over a period of 10 years, I was involved in multiple due diligences (both for the buyer’s side and the seller’s side). Here, I was responsible for examining and preparing documents describing the quality of IT systems, the state of teams, and the health of products.
Drafting Contracts
Over a period of more than 15 years, I was creating and/or reviewing a wide set of legal documents which had to do with business development and IT-related issues. Among them were contracts, licensing agreements, and terms of use.
Team Management
I am experienced in dealing with people from a wide set of cultures. I am used to work together in team, and I have management capabilities in terms of leading teams and providing guidance.

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.

Board Membership

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.

Higher Education

I attended the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economy & Management in Essen. I received a Technical Diploma in Machine Building and English.

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