Stages of my Career
At the moment, I am working in the financial services sector in Frankfurt as IT allrounder. However, this activity is not limited to the pure programming of given content, but includes a wide range of tasks. These include, for example, interaction design, strategic advice, conversion optimization and SEO, project management, provision of web content and the programming of web applications themselves.
Until 2016, I worked for a Burda Digital company for five years in programming, development and conversion optimisation 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 the support of the investors KfW Bankengruppe and 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:
Web Developer and Web Project Manager
At the moment (since 2016)
Working as a project manager and web developer of several projects regarding insurances. Conception, “hands on” development, and optimization of a contract management portal based on Angular and .NET (includes self dependent programming of frontend, API and CRM connectivity with the goal to create added values for customers). Creation and management of numerous websites in the insurance sector. Using agile instruments like Scrum and Jira. Coordination of work among marketing, management, product development and external partners. Adoption of cloud services using AWS.
Founder and Author
At the moment (since 2017)
Creation of the information portal SKYLINE ATLAS on the skyscrapers of Frankfurt with more than half a million readers per year. Author of numerous articles about the real estate industry in Frankfurt such as high-rise buildings, data centers and the housing market. Conducting interviews with decision-makers from the real estate industry and politics. Author of articles for portals such as Der Bank Blog. Every now and then reports in media such as BILD, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Previously a book author on real estate projects in the top 7 markets. Networking with real estate managers for more than 20 years.
Large Media Enterprise (2011 until 2016)
Project lead and “hands on” development of online shops, e-commerce, and conversion optimization subjects at Valentins GmbH (100% owned by Burda Digital). Development of frontends and backends of at least five online shops including well-known brands such as Lidl and REWE using PHP/MySQL. 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 GmbH 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
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.
Advertising Agency (1997)
Founding and building of the media agency Starconcept GmbH 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 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 and editor-in-chief of the SKYLINE ATLAS portal.
Thanks to my extensive experiences I am advising the management of several web technology companies both in Germany and the United States as 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.