So are you a designer or an engineer?
I’m a product thinking maker at heart, with a T-shaped profile. Design goes far beyond making something beautiful, as Dustin said "Painting a broken car, no matter how great the paint job is, doesn’t make the car useful." My development and product management experience helps me in doing what I love – building the right products, and making them work better.
What are your tools of choice?
What’s your take on front-end frameworks?
I find them useful for prototypes and pre product/market fit builds, but very much prefer a custom solution based on the code-guide I follow. In my experience this results in much less code that is easier to maintain. I’ve experience with the usual subjects (Bootstrap, Foundation, Material Design Lite, Primer) though.
What are some backend examples you’ve coded?
I’ve done the whole shabang; from a complete content management system, to an analytics site, all the way over to a social network.
What do you like to do away from the screen?
Glad you’ve asked! I love exploring cities and landscapes. I’ve walked most of NYC (not just Manhattan), Silicon Valley, New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Marrakech, Lisbon, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Montreal. I also like to take photos, read, and to explore the local burger and craft beer scene.
What are your favorite books, movies, series and music artists?
I’ve created a dedicated page of books I love.
I count the following as my favorite movies: Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Castaway on the Moon, and Into the Wild.
Series I like are The Wire, Treme, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Seinfeld, Louie, The Pacific, and Friday Night Lights.
I mostly listen to Hip Hop from the 80s all the way over to rising stars like Joey Bada$$, Lucki Eck$, and Alternative/Indie artists like Cults, Frankie Rose, Explosions in the Sky, Friendly Fires, and Agnes Obel to mention but a few.
What is your favorite quote?
"If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it." by Jonathan Winters. For more, browse my dedicated page of quotes and bite-sized wisdom.
How is this website so fast?
gulp-jekyll + CloudFront.
Where do you reside?
I’m currently based in Berlin and originally from the south of Germany.
Are you available for freelance work?
Yes, get in touch.
Are you interested in a full-time job?
Yes. Depending on the product and stage I might be up for a chat. If I like and use your product, I’m all-in. Generally speaking, I love to work with smart people who are passionate about their work. I prefer environments with a "We’re all in this together," culture that empowers employees to think and act. Here’s my CV.
Where can I follow you online?
Legal disclosure – for Germany.