Meet the gridscale team

Felix Kronlage-Dammers

Felix Kronlage-Dammers Product & Platform

As COO Felix is the central point around our products and is responsible that our customers get not only a good but an excellent product. In this role he coordinates between the individual teams and is always at the pulse of time at gridscale.

With his background as a longterm player in the open source scene as well as founder and managing director of an open-source IT infrastructure service provider and hoster, he brings his many years of experience - both technical and commercial - to gridscale at all levels.

When Felix is not active in his gridscale mission, he gets involved as part of the board of the OSB Alliance, attends conferences or sits on a racing bike.

Fun Fact

Knows of many well-known songs only the punk rock cover version.

What do you find special about gridscale?

Work at a high professional level, full of respect and appreciation.

About me:

Origin
Oldenburg, Lower Saxony

Interests
Everything around the bike, outdoor, cooking

Strength
Reliability, the ability to admit mistakes

My quirk or oddity
I think I'm uncomplicated. Oh yeah, I also think I'm funny 🙂

Can’t do without
Having regularly time for myself, coffee

I’d like that superpower
Time Travel

My motto in life
"Create more value than you capture "-Tim O'Reilly & "Only failure makes us experts"- Art Grabowski

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#hauptsachedraussen#liveslowridefast#oss

Thorsten Bruchhäuser Head of Sales

Thorsten is responsible for the sales area at gridscale. With more than 25 years of experience in sales at listed international companies and German medium-sized businesses, he supports the sales team in achieving their goals in the German-speaking countries and plans international expansion.

Fun Fact

Finds spelling mistakes in a document immediately - should have been a teacher.

What do you find special about gridscale?

A great mix of colleagues, extreme professionalism.

About me:

Origin
Karlsruhe

Interests
Reading, running, Greek food and spending free time with family

Strength
Listening

My quirk or oddity
I'm a total hypochondriac - that's definitely a quirk.

Can’t do without
Coffee and fun at work

I’d like that superpower
Eating without gaining weight

My motto in life
"Can't be done - doesn't exist."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#kannnichtlangeuntätigsein#SonneInGriechenland#machtgernegeschenke

Jens Wardenbach Marketing Director

As Marketing Director Jens takes care of press and public relations, keeps close contacts to IT analysts and cloud industry associations. He is also responsible for all product marketing activities including the conceptual design of the accompanying marketing campaigns and events. Having finished his banking apprenticeship, his economic studies as well as his MBA degree at Bradford University, he started his professional career at a technology-driven consulting company. From 2000 to 2019 Jens was responsible as CMO and divisional director for marketing, corporate communication and investor relations at two listed Cologne-based cloud companies, Pironet AG and QSC AG.

Fun Fact

Loves Holland and would rather emigrate to the province of Zeeland today than tomorrow.

What do you find special about gridscale?

Professionalism and a spirit of optimism

About me:

Origin
Cologne

Interests
Reading, cooking, sailing and spending time with family and friends

Strength
Doing, doing, doing...

My quirk or oddity
Ouchie: Dutch-speaking rock and pop. I like it a lot, my family rather less ;). Especially on the car trip to the holidays :).

Can’t do without
Meaningfulness and fun in what I do.

I’d like that superpower
To be able to simply pause the time once in a while.

My motto in life
„Et bliev nix wie et wor, et kütt wie et kütt, et hät noch immer jot jejange!“ - Kölsches Grundgesetz

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#verrücktnachmeer#niederlandefanatisch#lebenundlebenlassen

Henrik Hasenkamp Strategy & Partner

Henrik is gridscale’s CEO. In this function, he is primarily responsible for the strategic development of gridscale, as well as important partnerships. Henrik has experience of 15 years in the hosting industry. In his last role, he took charge of the international realignment of the dedicated server business of one Europe’s largest hosting companies.

Fun Fact

Never without his MacBook

What do you find special about gridscale?

The team and the technology. A perfect, permanently motivating symphony, which is only interrupted by short sleep phases.

About me:

Origin
Europe

Interests
Computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence

Strength
Analytical skills, endurance

My quirk or oddity
Nooooooooo! Not me 🙂

Can’t do without
Laptop, mobile phone and internet

I’d like that superpower
Stretching time generously to create more

My motto in life
I take it from Einstein: "You can't solve problems with the same way of thinking that created them."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#nichtohnemeinmacbook#positivverrückt#gridscale

Henning Baumann Head of Finance

As Head of Finance, Henning’s responsibilities are strategic controlling, planning, and M&A. With his background in corporate finance, strategy and commercial due diligence as well as experience in the SaaS business, he ensures the basis of indicator-based corporate management and is the contact person for finance-related topics.
If Henning isn’t absorbed in excel-sheets, he spends his free days ski touring and mountain biking in the alps.

Fun Fact

never leaves his house without headphones

What do you find special about gridscale?

The focus on the essentials.

About me:

Origin
Saarland

Interests
Freeriding, mountain biking, stock markets, economy

Strength
Stubbornness

My quirk or oddity
Many ... This is the DNA of my personality 😉

Can’t do without
Music, sports, good food

I’d like that superpower
Flying

My motto in life
"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#music#mountains#markets

Frank Jörgens Head of Operations

As Head of Operations he is responsible for our OPS-Team. Before that he was Head of IT-Europe and as Global Director Enterprise Architecture in charge for the BoD (Board of Directors) meeting once a month.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The people and the atmosphere here. Everybody is highly motivated and gets involved beyond the "normal" level.

About me:

Origin
I was born in Düsseldorf

Interests
Fast cars, technology, IT

Strength
Calm, reliable, structured

My quirk or oddity
A slight tendency towards perfectionism. 😉

Can’t do without
Cappuccino in the morning

I’d like that superpower
Justice

My motto in life
"Stay calm..."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#Technology#Support#Music

Linn Salles Head of People Relations

Linn is responsible for our People department, i.e. everything that has to do with recruiting and internal processes for gridscale employees. As a career changer, she discovered her heart for IT in 2012 and can now look back on more than seven years of professional experience in HR consulting and HR management.

Fun Fact

Likes dogs and cats! Lip-synct inspires, if nobody looks.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The challenge, the team, the freedom, the trust. At gridscale I have the feeling that I can really move something and help to build it up.

About me:

Origin
Mettmann (NRW)

Interests
People, Networking, HR, Recruiting

Strength
Persistence and loyalty

My quirk or oddity
If I drink latte, I definitely have to stir it. Although I don't use sugar.

Can’t do without
My iPhone

I’d like that superpower
Teleport

My motto in life
„Love it, leave it or change it.“

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#alwaysonline#helpercomplex#awineisalways

Carsten Dittmann Backend, Business Logic & Billing

Carsten is responsible for our web-backend development team and takes care of a smooth communication between all components. He joined the gridscale’s founder team in 2015 together with his brother Marc. Before his studies in computer sciences, he and Marc established the Dittmann Media GmbH in 2004. He has been able to realize his love for modern web technologies in many exciting projects.

Fun Fact

Could it be Marc?

What do you find special about gridscale?

The team and the energy with which ideas are realized.

About me:

Origin
Germany

Interests
Technology, nature

Strength
Understanding, ambitious, sensitive

My quirk or oddity
There are two of me.

Can’t do without
Britta

I’d like that superpower
Press Pause

My motto in life
"Make decisions and stand behind them."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#EtHätNochImmerJotJejange#IchBinDannMalWeg#cloned

Marc Dittmann Frontend, UX & GUI

With his expertise in the field of web front-end, Marc is responsible for all gridscale web applications. He joined gridscale's founding team in 2015 with his brother Carsten. In 2004 the brothers established the Dittmann Media GmbH. The know-how and the experience gained from his computer science studies and the many highly complex projects of the past years make him a leading expert in the field of web front-end.

Fun Fact

Could it be Carsten?

What do you find special about gridscale?

Bringing ideas to life with lots of power, energy and fun.

About me:

Origin
Germany

Interests
See the whole world! See it all!

Strength
Staying calm

My quirk or oddity
There are two of me.

Can’t do without
Fart cookies

I’d like that superpower
Beaming

My motto in life
"The one who stops learning has stopped being good."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#happy#relaxed#cloned

Martin Znamirowski Architecture Guru

Martin is the lead developer of gridscale and responsible for the choice of software components and the design of the intelligent system architecture. He got to know gridscale through long-term contact with the founders, with whom he has already worked successfully in the past.

Before Martin switched into the business world, he worked in the academic field for several years, working on the development of distributed systems, high-performance graph algorithms, and databases. Martin is also extremely versatile outside the field of computer science, as his studies of the secondary subjects of physics and psychology shows.

Fun Fact

Being true VR enthusiast, one should take time to get used to Martin's individual construction of his living room 🙂

What do you find special about gridscale?

Bleeding Edge Technology, the best people in the world, the full use of my potential.

About me:

Origin
Germany

Interests
Psychology, computer science, philosophy

Strength
Greatest strength: auto-introspection and constructiveness as the highest standards for all decision making. Greatest weakness: moderation. Both in enjoyment and in the creation of something new.

My quirk or oddity
No, I have dozens. ^.^

Can’t do without
My family 🙂

I’d like that superpower
Absolute mental control over matter.

My motto in life
"Reality is too complex for mottos and principles."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#SocialMediaMuffel#UnfassbareÜbersimplifizierung#MehrAlsNur3Hashtags

Thomas Wiebe Software Engineer

Thomas is driving the expansion of cloud platforms at gridscale. As an old stager of the hosting industry with a background in software development and DevOps, he knows both classic and modern ailments and is happy to help out with more than just blows. With his love for scalable infrastructure, he is exactly right with gridscale!

Fun Fact

Likes talking code.

What do you find special about gridscale?

A lot of know-how in a small space, innovative and very friendly.

About me:

Origin
Germany

Interests
Music, HiFi, Home Cinema, Home Automation

Strength
I am nice, like to help and am always in the mood for jokes.

My quirk or oddity
I taste my cooking water. Apparently, that's not normal.

Can’t do without
Family, friends, burgers and internet.

I’d like that superpower
Teleport!

My motto in life
"I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that wont work.

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#TaschentuchFalter#Kohlensäurerausschütteler#DreiHashtagsKomplettierer

Benjamin Kircher Senior Software & Systems Engineer

Benjamin is Software Engineer. He builds systems, reviews and writes code, tests and analyzes software. His current work is integrating new features into the gridscale API and to improve the release engineering of our internal Linux systems. Ben also enjoys contributing to open source projects, giving talks, and writing blog posts about his work.
He has always worked on infrastructure software both at but also before gridscale. In the past he also built data pipelines, wrote C++ code for various different applications, and built hardened Linux systems.

Fun Fact

Thick lustrous hair is very important to me.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The company culture.

About me:

Origin
I was born in Berlin

Interests
Right now: BPF, Rust, and containers.

Strength
That’s a hard one. Maybe I’m best when working with a team. I know how to get consensus and moderate discussions, get everyone involved. I also have a hand with beginners.

My quirk or oddity
Plenty.

Can’t do without
Can’t get anything done without coffee.

I’d like that superpower
Well, that’s a silly question. Go back in time.

My motto in life
"I said it before and I say it again: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#curious#not-much-time-left#i-missed-that-again

Torsten Urbas DC, Operations & Service

Torsten is responsible for everything around the data center and operations. He is the guy who keeps our systems running, our network with low latency and takes care of our partners and customers with his awesome team.

Torsten has been working for more than 20 years with Unix and Linux server systems and gained a lot of expertise within the hosting industry. Back in 2005, he founded his first web hosting provider for shared web hosting services. In his previous role, he was responsible for the International Network and Systems Department with a competitor.

Fun Fact

I won't say anything without my Juniper consultant

What do you find special about gridscale?

The awesome team, and of course the platform that we have built together over the years.

About me:

Origin
Stuttgart

Interests
Delicious food

Strength
Empathy

My quirk or oddity
I am incredibly consequent, sometimes to my disadvantage.

Can’t do without
Family, coffee and iPhone

I’d like that superpower
Underwater breathing. There's so much hidden in the deep sea...

My motto in life
"Those who always follow the herd only follow the asses."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#konsequent#eintypzumpferdestehlen#schnellgenervt

Michael Balser Research & Development

Michael is one of the founders of gridscale and is responsible for research. He has been at home in the hosting industry for almost 15 years and is passionate about problems and solutions where others have long since given up. His focus is particularly on the topics of databases & performance.

Fun Fact

Yes, you can!

What do you find special about gridscale?

To fathom the maximum!

About me:

Origin
Near Gießen in Hessen

Interests
Technology in general, automation in particular

Strength
The greater the stress, the greater the calm.

My quirk or oddity
pigheaded, orderliness and cleanliness fanatic, couch potato (says my girlfriend)

Can’t do without
My girlfriend, who slows me down by my work mania 🙂

I’d like that superpower
No need to sleep anymore

My motto in life
"Can't be done, doesn't exist."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#kingofnerds#lovemyjob#mentos4life#dickkopf#darfnur3istmiregal

Tobias Schiffer Finance, Tax & Controlling

Tobias has been part of the team since the end of 2014 and is responsible for gridscale’s figures as our CFO. His love for figures and finance is the common theme of his career – from his apprenticeship as a bank clerk to his diploma in business administration and tax consultancy. His many years of professional experience in tax consultancy and a three-year trip to the commercial audit at KPMG form the solid foundation of his business.

Fun Fact

What does it cost?

What do you find special about gridscale?

With what energy and determination the team pushes the project forward from zero hour!

About me:

Origin
Bedburg

Interests
I used to have some, but due to lack of time I don't follow them anymore 😉

Strength
Listening

My quirk or oddity
My dry sense of humor.

Can’t do without
Glasses and mobile phone

I’d like that superpower
I don't want a superpower, it just gives you stupid ideas.

My motto in life
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is life."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#etküttwieetkütt#eteswieetes#watwellsdemaache

Kai Lange Developer

What do you find special about gridscale?

You can work from anywhere and the team is just great.

About me:

Origin
Magdeburg (grown up in Wilsen ...)

Interests
Sports, cooking, barbecue, music, (sometimes books ...)

Strength
Honesty

My quirk or oddity
Respond (often) cruelly to sarcasm.

Can’t do without
(My) children ...

I’d like that superpower
Invisibility

My motto in life
"Success is a staircase, not a door." Dotty Walters

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#blödsinnmachenkannnieschaden#nurmanchmakmorgenmuffel#gehtnichtgibtsnicht

Yannik Hubrich Online Marketing

Yannik is responsible for SEO and Analytics and ensures that gridscale is found quickly and easily on the net.
Yannik is currently studying Media Informatics at the University of Cologne.
In addition to studying and working, he is interested in everything related to the Internet and digital culture. Since he later wants to market his own video game, he is in good hands in our professional online marketing department.

Fun Fact

Prefers to work with friends instead of colleagues.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The familiar atmosphere and the feeling that everyone is there for each other.

About me:

Origin
It's hard to tell in my case. I was born in Hamburg and then moved to almost every major German city thanks to my parents.

Interests
Everything. From how the world works to what goes on in other people's heads. However, I limit myself to digital culture, culinary arts and the people in my immediate environment.

Strength
Communication

My quirk or oddity
When I'm nervous, I tweak my eyebrows.

Can’t do without
Joy of life

I’d like that superpower
I already have one, but I'm not going to tell you 😉

My motto in life
"Fake it until you make it."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#1,92mgroßschlank#grüneAugenkurzebrauneHaare#meistensgutdrauf

Alida Wonner Software Development DevOp

Alida supports us as a software developer. She studied information science and natural language processing at Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Dusseldorf.
During her studies, she brought technological know-how to gridscale's content marketing team. Before joining gridscale, she worked as a database/report programmer for a consulting company in Dusseldorf for two years and before that she also worked for a well-known digital agency at Dusseldorf Medienhafen in the field of digital marketing for three years.

Alida feels that she is in good hands in the digital world.

Fun Fact

alida <3 coding

What do you find special about gridscale?

The work colleagues, the atmosphere and the company philosophy

About me:

Origin
I was born in Hermannstadt in Romania and have lived in Leverkusen since 1990.

Interests
Programming

Strength
My affinity for programming and solving problems/challenges on an algorithmic level.

My quirk or oddity
No. At least I'm not aware of it. But you say "Nobody is perfect!" So he who seeks, finds.

Can’t do without
My smartphone and my laptop

I’d like that superpower
Being able to make yourself invisible would be exciting.

My motto in life
"It comes as it comes."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#kreativ#programmiercrack#umweltbewusst

Marc Harriss Product Owner

Marc is our first native English speaker, he was born in South Africa and worked professionally in the U.K as manager of the IT and logistics departments for one of the fastest growing companies in the U.K. Having traveled a lot, he gained a lot of knowledge and capability to expand gridscale even further internationally.

Fun Fact

Once I start something it’s hard to put it down

What do you find special about gridscale?

The team, the atmosphere and the corporate culture.

About me:

Origin
South Africa

Interests
Fitness, health, travel, music, guitar

Strength
Adaptation to new situations

My quirk or oddity
I sometimes flinch when I fall asleep.

Can’t do without
The Internet

I’d like that superpower
Talking to animals... Not the wisest choice, but I always wonder what they're thinking.

My motto in life
"Opportunities don't happen, you create them."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#keepitReal#askGoogle#whatwillhappennext

Frank Gross Director of Freshness & Sales

Frank is responsible for sales and strategic partnerships at gridscale. For more than 30 years, Frank has been at home in the telecommunications-, hosting- and cloud- industries. As a passionate expert, he has been consulting in IT infrastructure projects for years. Frank signs responsible for some of the largest IT infrastructure setups in Europe. Before gridscale, Frank has worked at europe's no. 2 managed hosting provider and has accompanied numerous projects there.

Fun Fact

Rather to wash dishes than to dry.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The culture, the cooperation, the spontaneity to do things differently, the questioning of what is really needed, the team spirit.

About me:

Origin
Hildesheim

Interests
music, records, Revox hifi systems, engl. roadster

Strength
Arguing creatively

My quirk or oddity
Eating pizza and cake from the edge to the inside, actually I have no quirks. I have personality.

Can’t do without
Friends, family and wristwatch

I’d like that superpower
Sometimes I would like to have two more wrists on my arm.

My motto in life
"If you get up in the morning wrinkled, you'll have the best day for it to develop."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#keinparkticketzieher#positivverrückt#lächelnundwinken

Marcus Criscenzo Sysadmin Managed-Hosting

Marcus supports us as a system administrator in the area of managed hosting. He is primarily responsible for the installation, configuration, and maintenance of customer systems. Incidentally, he is responsible for maintaining the monitoring system.

Fun Fact

LMGTFY 🙂

What do you find special about gridscale?

A great team with a great product.

About me:

Origin
Bergisch Gladbach

Interests
Music, sports, computers and from time to time I enjoy nature.

Strength
Uncomplicated and optimistic

My quirk or oddity
one ? 🙂

Can’t do without
Music

I’d like that superpower
Thought manipulation

My motto in life
"You are not defeated until you admit defeat."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#spontan#ichmussweg#neinspass

Deborah Hecht

Deborah Hecht Art Director

Deborah - or Debbie for short - is the creative head at gridscale and provides us with fresh designs. Already during her bachelor's degree at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, she worked as a working student at Schüco International KG, where she designed the icons for the SchüCal software. After graduating, she gained 5 years of professional experience as a graphic designer at brandbuero Media GmbH and is well versed in programmatic marketing.

Fun Fact

She's obsessed with guinea pigs and salty popcorn!

What do you find special about gridscale?

The cooperation, the freedom, the making possible

About me:

Origin
Erftstadt (NRW)

Interests
Design, silkscreen, gin, whiskey, films, guinea pig, my godchild Luna

Strength
I always find a solution for an existing problem and my creativity

My quirk or oddity
You have read how often the word "guinea pig" has come up, right? 😉 Besides, I am a member everywhere where you can collect points and super difficult when it comes to food - totally picky...

Can’t do without
Guinea pigs, salty popcorn, my boyfriend

I’d like that superpower
Being able to stop time, but only for everyone else. Then I can continue in peace 😀

My motto in life
"For every solution a problem - oh no the other way around... ;)“

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#simpsonszitierer#crazyguineapiglady#gehtnichtgibtsnicht

Jan Stuhlmann

Jan Stuhlmann Frontend, UX & GUI

Jan created websites and applications while still at school. In 2007 he finally turned his hobby into a profession.
At gridscale he mainly takes care of the frontend of the different panels, but he also likes to help out in the backend and the area of the website.

Jan became aware of gridscale through an earlier collaboration with Marc Dittmann and got to know the product as an "Earlybird" tester in 2015. The wish to contribute a part to gridscale himself he put into action in May 2018 - since then he has been part of our team.

Fun Fact

Most people surf on their cell phones faster than Jan at home

What do you find special about gridscale?

The successful approach to make highly developed technology look so simple.

About me:

Origin
Much/ NRW

Interests
Old and new technology, old houses, quiet and deserted places.

Strength
Keep cool

My quirk or oddity
I only order spaghetti ice cream because of the frozen cream underneath.

Can’t do without
Wife and daughter

I’d like that superpower
Time Travel

My motto in life
"What you got, you got."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#papa#passtschon#earlybird

Aldemuro Haris

Aldemuro Haris Software Developer

Aldemuro is from Indonesia. In 2015, he came to Germany for studying information engineering and computer science before joining gridscale. Since April 2018 he supports the gridscale team as a software developer. Currently, he is responsible for extending test cases for our system and maintaining our API client.

Fun Fact

First gridscaler from Asia!

What do you find special about gridscale?

The working environment, the amount of knowledge, the team.

About me:

Origin
Indonesia

Interests
Technology, data, football, music

Strength
Curiosity

My quirk or oddity
Sometimes I make unfunny jokes

Can’t do without
Laptop, Internet and Chinese food

I’d like that superpower
Suck the knowledge out of people

My motto in life
"You can never get enough knowledge"

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#findit#whatif#more

Kristina Linke

Kristina Linke Team Assistent

Kristina supports us in various areas, especially in general organization, such as travel and order, but also in Feelgood Management. But there is hardly a topic with which one cannot go to her. She has worked in various corporate cultures, brings a lot of experience with her and keeps track of things.

Fun Fact

She says she knows Aldi's selection backwards.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The relaxed and honest manner

About me:

Origin
Near Nuremberg

Interests
Travel, dancing, DIY, nature

Strength
Keep the overview

My quirk or oddity
I peel mushrooms, this is apparently not normal 😉

Can’t do without
Laughter

I’d like that superpower
Beaming

My motto in life
"Be you be awesome."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#lockenkopf#kleinertollpatsch#oklasseinfachmalmachen

Lisa Schiffer

Lisa Schiffer Senior Account Manager

As Senior Account Manager at gridscale, Lisa is responsible for both new and existing customers. 10 years in the hosting & cloud industry and 9 years in sales of a well-known managed hosting provider - Lisa has a lot of experience and fits perfectly into the dynamic and motivated gridscale team.

Fun Fact

Without sports little socially compatible.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The culture, the cooperation, the spontaneity to do things differently, the questioning of what is really needed, the team spirit

About me:

Origin
Bergheim (NRW)

Interests
Networking, meeting new people, social media, digital world

Strength
Efficiency and effectiveness

My quirk or oddity
Surely! But I'm not going to tell 😉

Can’t do without
Sports

I’d like that superpower
Reading thoughts even better would be to influence them 😀 Photographic memory if you let that pass as a superpower

My motto in life
"Those who always follow the herd only follow the asses" as well as "Sweat is fat that cries" and "Success is not luck"

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#sportskanone#planungsjunkie#carchiller

Nicolas Tuschen

Nicolas Tuschen Online Marketing Manager

Nico is an online marketing manager with a focus on SEO and is responsible for (organic) online marketing at gridscale. At the same time, he is a good example of the fact, that you can not only become a taxi driver by studying literature. He discovered his passion for SEO by chance but has consistently expanded it since then: from startups, agencies to publishing houses, from B2B to B2C, from offpage to onpage.

Fun Fact

Less than a litre of coffee a day is not worth it.

What do you find special about gridscale?

About me:

Origin
Marsberg in the Sauerland

Interests
Literature, food, eating, cooking

Strength
In any case not the physical strength 😉

My quirk or oddity
Where do I start...

Can’t do without
Books

I’d like that superpower
Anything Inspector Gadget can do.

My motto in life
"Try a little coziness"

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#needforcoffee#willstdudasnochessen#no#

Marius Büscher Senior PHP-Developer

Originally Marius studied media technology, but a few years ago he started programming with PHP as a career changer. Since March 2019 he is part of the gridscale team, after working for one of our customers for many years.

Fun Fact

Dances while working while sitting and standing.
His code is better than his texts.

What do you find special about gridscale?

Transparency. Both in the team and vis-à-vis customers.

About me:

Origin
Born in Bonn, at home in Cologne!

Interests
Music (Bass), my garden

Strength
My perceptive faculty - I understand complex relationships very quickly.

My quirk or oddity
I swear at my computer - without interruption.

Can’t do without
Coffee

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#bassdriver#cooking#pragmatism

Yuliya Korovkevych Marketing Executive Assistant

As a working student, Yuliya supports the marketing team in the areas of event management, PR and social media.
She is studying European Culture and Economy for her Master's degree. Apart from her studies and work, Yuliya is also interested in hand lettering, sports and cinema.

Fun Fact

It’s never too cold for ice cream!

What do you find special about gridscale?

Behind gidscale, there is an incredibly helpful, humorous and highly motivated team.

About me:

Origin
Tschernowzy, Ukraine

Interests
Travel, architecture, painting

Strength
Empathy

My quirk or oddity
Every object has a fixed place in my household - I probably pay too much attention to that 😀

Can’t do without
Music in the morning

I’d like that superpower
Beaming

My motto in life
"Think positive 🙂 "

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#dekofreak#icecreamlover#hakunamatata

Julia Heineking Marketing Manager

Julia is responsible for campaign management at gridscale and is therefore mainly responsible for the planning, development, execution, and analysis of marketing campaigns. In addition to her successfully completed studies in economics at the University of Cologne, she brings more than 7 years of know-how from the hosting industry with her.

Fun Fact

Talking for hours about food and good wine. Becomes unbearable when she is hungry

What do you find special about gridscale?

Behind gridscale is a team of great people who enjoy what they do.

About me:

Origin
Schevenhütte

Interests
Sports, good wine, my husband

Strength
You'll have to ask the others ... I can't answer every question with food. 😉

Can’t do without
My husband, my son, my friends and food 😉

I’d like that superpower
Stopping time when it's nice.

My motto in life
"Every Jeck is different and every Jeck is differently Jeck."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#ethättnochimmerjotjejange#ichmaghashtagsnicht#früherwarmehrlametta

Begoña Asensio

Begoña Asensio Software Developer

Begoña - or just Bego is our new Spanish internal developer. Originally from Bilbao, she was living in Cloudy Barcelona before she moved to Sunny Cologne. Before she joined gridscale she was working with several innovative sustainability projects and now returned to the development nation.

Fun Fact

Sorry guys I cannot teach you how to cook paella.

What do you find special about gridscale?

About me:

Origin
Bilbao, Spain

Interests
Climbing, reading, science, nature, history and mythology

Strength
I think that I am able to break a problem down into small pieces so that it becomes easier to solve it.

My quirk or oddity
I'd rather read than watch Netflix.

Can’t do without
Coffee

I’d like that superpower
Time Travel

My motto in life
„Non gogoa, han zangoa.“

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#WhyNot#Sustainable#Ocean

Tobias Brandenberg Frontend, UX & GUI

Already since the 7th grade, it was clear for Tobi that he wanted to do something with computer science. His career as a web developer started with the first HTML pages while he was at school. During his computer science studies he somehow got stuck in the web area.

At gridscale, he supports Jan & Marc at Frontend, UX & GUI. He knows both of them - like some others from the team - from earlier cooperation. So you always see each other twice in your life.

Since March 2019 he has been part of the team, after having been a customer of gridscale himself before.

Fun Fact

Coffee in the morning dispels sorrow and worries

What do you find special about gridscale?

The wonderful international team, the spirit, the real flat hierarchies & the really every buck has the vision to make it happen.

About me:

Origin
Siegen

Interests
Explore the world with my boys, listen to and make music, when it rains I also like movies and series.

Strength
You'll have to ask the others

Can’t do without
Sun

I’d like that superpower
Time Travel

My motto in life
„War mutt dat mutt.“

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#employeeswiththemostchildren#Whatdoesnottfitismadetofit#GrillTimesChillTimes

Martin Schmücker Online Marketing

Martin is our working student in online marketing and supports Nico and his team in SEO matters. He is currently studying information science at the TH Cologne. Besides his work and his studies, he is interested in all topics around digitalization and how to harmonize the environment and economy. In his spare time, he likes to run, cycle or climb somewhere.

Fun Fact

Is cotton swab-dependent

What do you find special about gridscale?

A great team working together on a great product

About me:

Origin
Bergisch Gladbach

Interests
Environment, travel and fitness

Strength
My positive attitude

My quirk or oddity
Endlessly buying video games and not finish playing.

Can’t do without
Sports

I’d like that superpower
Teleport to travel around the world.

My motto in life
"Paths are made by walking them."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#nichtohnemeinbike#haribo#dokus

Ibrahim Takouna Research & Development Engineer

Ibrahim holds a Ph.D. degree in IT system engineering from the University of Potsdam in Germany. His research focused on green computing and resource management in Cloud Computing. He is the author and co-author of different scientific papers in the field of Cloud Computing.

He has several years of experience in software development and DevOps in Cloud platforms, He is passionate about designing scalable, resilient, and cost-effective solutions.

Fun Fact

Is vegetarian while traveling

What do you find special about gridscale?

Colleagues you can trust completely

About me:

Origin
Palestine

Interests
Politics, astronomy, and technology

Strength
Curiosity for how things work

My quirk or oddity
Traveled the world without a recognized nationality.

Can’t do without
Internet

I’d like that superpower
The power to turn this tearful world into a cheerful one.

My motto in life
"Learning never ends."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#hartnäckig#fürsorglich#ergebnisorientiert

Manuel Karner Support Engineer

Manuel primarily provides technical support to our customers. But he also supports the Ops&DC team in managed hosting or spontaneously where his skills are needed.

Fun Fact

Is known in the team as a prose text writer

What do you find special about gridscale?

The unique Team

About me:

Origin
Cologne

Interests
Fitness, history, politics, computer

Strength
Helpfulness

My quirk or oddity
Not just one

Can’t do without
Computer 🙂

I’d like that superpower
Clairvoyance

My motto in life
"There is strength in silence."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#sozial#ruhig#zurückhaltend

Nino Strobl Inside Sales Manager

Nino works at gridscale as Inside Sales Manager, acquires new customers and supports existing customers. As a trained banker he already has a lot of experience in the area of sales and was able to deepen his know-how through his business studies. In his free time he does a lot of sports, spends time with his dog and devotes himself to photography.

Fun Fact

Always says the word for carnival that is used in Mainz: "Fassenacht"

What do you find special about gridscale?

The company culture

About me:

Origin
Mainz

Interests
Cooking, fitness and videography

Strength
Curiosity, reflection

My quirk or oddity
I like to watch Trash TV once in a while to completely switch off

Can’t do without
I can't cook without eating half of it already.

I’d like that superpower
Definitely flying

My motto in life
"Everybody said: You can't do that! Then someone came along who didn't know that and did it" and "Anybody can feel good when they have their health, the bills are paid, they have happy relationships. Anybody can be positive then, Anybody can have a large vision then, Anybody can have a lot of faith under those kind of circumstances. The real challenge of growth, mentally, emotionally and spiritually comes when you get knocked down."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#meenzerbub#mindful#saunalover

Tom Van Nguyen Software Engineer

Tom is from Vietnam but he already lived in the UK for 5 years and finished his bachelor's degree in Software Engineering there two years ago. He went back to Vietnam to found his own company, based on the development of a facebook crawler. In 2018 he decided to come to Germany for higher education and currently he studies Computer Science in Bonn. Tom has experience with Golang and actively supports our team with this knowledge. He is working on our Go-Client SDK as well as on our Terraform provider.

Fun Fact

Sometimes he buys books because he likes their smell and loves to collect them.

What do you find special about gridscale?

The freedom in the daily work, as well as in the choice of seats

About me:

Origin
Vietnam

Interests
Technology, music and games

Strength
Team player, adaptability

My quirk or oddity
Bad memory

Can’t do without
Teammates

I’d like that superpower
Wisdom

My motto in life
"If you don't try, you'll never know."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#gopher#coffeeAddict#dota2vn

Torsten Ennenbach Cloud Architect

Torsten has been in the IT industry for more than two decades. During this time he worked as a freelancer and for companies like i22, Really Bytes / TWT or T-Mobile. Most recently he worked as DevOps Engineer at Toom. As a Cloud Architect, he now shares his experience within our team.

Fun Fact

Is the guy with the coffee cup in his hand that nobody knows exactly what he's doing until he doesn't do it anymore

What do you find special about gridscale?

The open culture, the appreciation, the trust and the way of working. This is where technology and the desire for it are lived. Looking forward to my job every morning is not a matter of course for me and this is exactly what I found here.

About me:

Origin
Sol system, third planet. Central Europe

Interests
People, technology and friends

Strength
Being able to laugh about myself

My quirk or oddity
I am level flexible and situation elastic.

Can’t do without
Coffee, cigarettes and music

I’d like that superpower
Superintelligent and rich - Zack, Iron Man

My motto in life
"Enlightenment is man's exit from his self-inflicted immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's intellect without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-inflicted when the cause of it is not the lack of understanding but the resolution and courage to make use of it without the guidance of another. Sapere aude! Have the courage to use your own reason! is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment." - Immanuel Kant, answering the question: What is Enlightenment? 1784

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#mahraoke#maennertittendonnerstag#Montagslächeln#Teamprofilneurose#KannNichtZählen

Arash Safavi Software Developer

As a working student, Arash supports the software development team in the area of backend development and concentrates on algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is currently doing his Master's in Computer Science at the University of Bonn.

Fun Fact

He almost always sleeps with a blanket, even in hot weather!

What do you find special about gridscale?

The openness, the friendly atmosphere, the great team and the coffee!

About me:

Origin
Isfahan, Iran

Interests
Board games, football, music, piano, astronomy, culture

Strength
I think my problem-solving

My quirk or oddity
Hardly sleep without a blanket, even in hot weather!

Can’t do without
Internet, Laptop

I’d like that superpower
Time travel

My motto in life
"Enjoy your life, and help people enjoy their lives."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#GoogleEverything#LoveProgramming#LoveIceCream

Hardy Sattler Assistant People Relations

Hardy supports us in recruiting people and the Candidate Journey, from the first contact with candidates to the onboarding of new employees. He is also responsible for several tasks in office management that ensure satisfied employees and a pleasant working environment. Hardy joined us as a career changer after working in the outdoor sector for a long time and making a detour to technical customer support.

Fun Fact

is "reference Hardy" for new employee photos

What do you find special about gridscale?

The open and cordial working environment in which you are motivated to develop and implement your own ideas.

About me:

Origin
Cologne

Interests
Fantasy stories, D&D, gaming and climbing

Strength
Empathy and attention

My quirk or oddity
I pluck my beard while thinking 😉

Can’t do without
Open window when sleeping

I’d like that superpower
Mind-reading

My motto in life
"Not all those who wander are lost"

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#nature#gaming#rockclimbing

Jan-Frederik Wigger PHP Developer

Jan Frederik was also a PHP developer even before he came to gridscale. And before that, and before that. Besides, he is an alternative practitioner for psychotherapy and wanted to open his own business. Luckily, he didn't do that, so he can now support our team with his many years of knowledge as a PHP developer.

Fun Fact

He is easy to scare - even when the doorbell rings and there is in fact someone waiting at the door when he opens it.

What do you find special about gridscale?

To enable people to organize themselves in their work and to develop and unfold themselves.
That's super smart: if people like to work somewhere, they like to contribute themselves and their talents instead of working on a schedule. That must inevitably result in success.

About me:

Origin
Lübeck, Germany

Interests
SciFi, fantasy, life science, British history, mythology

Strength
I am (I think) reasonably patient. Strangely enough, this disappears into thin air when I visit my parents.

My quirk or oddity
A few... For example, if something is lying somewhere in my pad for more than 24 hours, it's as if it had always been there for me. When I left the apartment I already climbed over garbage bags in acrobatic actions, which I actually put in front of the door to carry it down.

Can’t do without
Actually, I find myself quite ascetic. But I think it'll be hard without a bathtub.

I’d like that superpower
Time Travel

My motto in life
"A no you have, a yes you can get."

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#gutgelaunt#ruhig#lösungsfetischist

Michael Schneiberg Communications Manager

He writes, reads, thinks - everything else derives from it. Michael has 20 years of experience in external and internal corporate communications: text, video, animation, podcast, keynote speeches, workshops, creative concepts. His passion is good and effective language. He divides his life into many equally important halves: freelance consultant, author, copywriter, nerd, editor. Supports gridscale in communication and everything that is written.

Fun Fact

His mood depends on the day of the match. #echteLiebe

Moustafa Elashry Senior Python Developer

Moustafa comes from Egypt and works as senior software engineer at gridscale. He brings 15 years of experience in the software industry and is familiar with many software languages such as Python, Java, C# and JS. He hold PMP , PMI-ACP and MCSD.

Fun Fact

He uses almost everyday “Ich spreche kein Deutsch”.

What do you find special about gridscale?

Friendly environment

About me:

Origin
Egypt

Interests
Reading, Travel and playing games

Strength
Finding a easy and good solution for complex problems

Can’t do without
Freedom

I’d like that superpower
Superman power

My motto in life
»Health first.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#Rocket#Family#do_what_you_like_to_do

Florian Hansen PHP Developer

Florian started developing professionally in PHP after his studies of computer science in 2007. After a few excursions into the Ruby and JS world, he is now looking forward to working in a real Remote-First Company, which also appreciates clean code in a brilliant way.

Fun Fact

Since he knows that large amounts of good coffee are not as bad as small amounts of bad coffee, he likes to drink large amounts of good coffee.

What do you find special about gridscale?

I felt welcomed from the very beginning. And it's not only labelled as remote, it's really remote in it!

About me:

Origin
Born in Bremen, studied in Göttingen, worked and lived in Cologne & Leverkusen

Interests
Music, TED talks, photography, cycling, reading

Strength
I let my interlocutors finish.

My quirk or oddity
Here's not enough space for that...

Can’t do without
A piece of paper and a pen. I'll take scrap paper...

I’d like that superpower
Teleportation

My motto in life
»Tit for tat.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#SimpleNotEasy#ZuendeDenken#YouAreNotAlone

Boris Behrens Systems Engineer

Boris lives for automation and contributes over a decade of experience to our OPS team. Additionally he brings know-how for our managed customers in the area of web applications.

Fun Fact

Can eat a whole cheesecake.

What do you find special about gridscale?

After one week: gridscale is the way Europe should be. You pull together to create a better tomorrow for everyone. A wonderfully efficient and multicultural way of life shines through.

About me:

Origin
Bonn, Germany, Europe, Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way

Interests
Technology, StarTrek, MTBs, environment, natural sciences

Strength
I like to finish things and try new things.

My quirk or oddity
When I'm in my head, I get a "resting bitch face".

Can’t do without
Books and Internet

I’d like that superpower
Eating what I want without gaining weight

My motto in life
»If you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Get more tools.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#fff#nomnomnom#dnd5e

Vinícius Zavam Systems Engineer

Vinícius supports gridscale as a Systems Engineer in the areas of networking, BSD Unix and Linux-based OS administration. Before Vinícius jumped into the business world, he worked parallel to his bachelor studies for many years in the academic area and dealt extensively with the development of embedded systems. He's also someone that's passionate about contributing to open source projects. Vinícius is a FreeBSD ports committer and part of the Tor Project Core Team. He has not only distributed code, tutorials, and good humor around the world, but has also held talks and workshops.
When he needs a break, he sits on his fixie and enjoys meeting friends outside.

Fun Fact

First time abroad: Belgium/Germany, February 2012. He arrived without any jacket at all because he just thought "it can't be that cold". -8 °C !

What do you find special about gridscale?

High standards beyond “just the necessary”.

About me:

Origin
Fortaleza, Brazil

Interests
Languages, cycling, nature

Strength
Sharing

My quirk or oddity
Running FreeBSD on all my machines.

Can’t do without
Music

I’d like that superpower
(Really) good cooking

My motto in life
»The impossible we do immediately, miracles take a little longer«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#respect#brazil#coffee

Jonathan Lutterbeck Inside Sales Manager

Jonathan graduated from school in 2018 and after a couple of small jobs he moved to Portugal, where he stayed for a year. There he had his first experience with telesales and learned how to deal with customers. That year he gained a lot of great experiences and learned a lot.

Fun Fact

Can solve a Rubics Cube to ⅔

What do you find special about gridscale?

The competence, nice employees and the great product

About me:

Origin
Bergisch Gladbach

Interests
Cycling, movies and friends

Strength
I can tackle most problems without stress and thus solve them objectively.

My quirk or oddity
I eat very slowly

Can’t do without
My mobile phone

I’d like that superpower
Flying

My motto in life
»Those who fight can lose. Those who do not fight have already lost.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#goodvibes#fritzcola#iqos

Vanessa Mattes Inside Sales Manager

Vanessa supports the New Business Development Team as Inside Sales Manager. With her 15 years of experience in sales she will bring her sales expertise to gridscale. As an absolute motorsport enthusiast, she swaps her office chair with her racing kart at the weekend.

Fun Fact

Is a technology enthusiast and therefore often works together with her boyfriend on their racing karts.

What do you find special about gridscale?

It is definitely the company culture. Especially as a new employee you feel immediately welcome and accepted. What is also nice is that gridscale gives you the opportunity to develop freely.

About me:

Origin
Frickingen at Lake Constance

Interests
race karting, play music in the music club, "Narrenverein", play table tennis

Strength
I am absolutely able to take criticism

My quirk or oddity
I like to twist proverbs

Can’t do without
My phone and my car

I’d like that superpower
Flying 🙂 Then I could be everywhere super fast

My motto in life
»Don't dream your life, live your dream« and »Whoever slows down later is longer fast.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#sprichwörterverdreher#audifan#motorsport

Daniela Heilig Inside Sales Manager

Daniela has now been a passionate salesperson for over 8 years. In her past jobs she also had the focus on acquisition. She lives and works in Tettnang at Lake Constance.

Fun Fact

Always looking for her mobile phone charger cable.

What do you find special about gridscale?

All colleagues are very friendly and courteous. One is very warmly welcomed into the team.

About me:

Origin
Tettnang at Lake Constance

Interests
I like to watch series, drive cars and knit all kinds of things in my spare time

Strength
Very communicative

My quirk or oddity
I don't like it when someone keeps playing with their pen.

Can’t do without
My mobile phone

I’d like that superpower
Mind reading

My motto in life
»Don't scream before it hurts!«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#familie#woistmeinladekabel#schlafen

Nina Schröter Sales Manager

Nina has been working in IT sales for over 10 years. As a Sales Manager at gridscale she is responsible for new and existing customers. Nina keeps in touch with her customers and always finds out what their needs are and what the optimal solution is.

Fun Fact

Is mostly overdressed at gridscale.

What do you find special about gridscale?

At gridscale there is a constant movement: an amazing product that is constantly being developed, a great team that is growing and a corporate culture that makes you feel good. You are invited to take part in shaping it.

About me:

Origin
Cologne

Interests
Board games, hiking, food

Strength
Openness to new ideas

My quirk or oddity
I eat too many Brizzl Ufos

Can’t do without
Internet

I’d like that superpower
Flying

My motto in life
»Meet a jerk in the day - you met a jerk. Meet ten jerks a day - you're the jerk.«

Andrej Friesen Software & Systems Engineer

Andrej has a background in quality engineering and after his studies he devoted himself to his passion, IT. Prior to gridscale he worked as a systems architect, modernizing infrastructure architecture. For this purpose Andrej used the cloud, Kubernetes and cloud services. Now he is building the cloud and paas services at gridscale himself.

Fun Fact

Prefers to run barefoot, even in the office.

What do you find special about gridscale?

A very positive corporate culture and open-mindedness for new things.

About me:

Origin
Emsdetten

Interests
Books, computers, home automation, snowboarding, summerboarding, swimming, longboarding, cycling

Strength
I love to learn and am always open for new things

My quirk or oddity
Others crack their fingers, I crack my entire spine

Can’t do without
Internet

I’d like that superpower
To help people overcome their fear of change or the unknown

My motto in life
»Learning is like rowing against the current. If you stop, you drift back.«

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#kraneberger#rohrperle#learnforever

Alan James Team Product

Alan draws from a strong background in Product Management, Strategy, Operations and techno-functional FinTech consulting. While pursuing his Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from one of India’s leading technical universities, Alan was the lead for Google Developers Group. He is passionate about promoting technological education, and helped found one of India's largest community hackathons. When he's not dabbling in experimenting with cutting edge tech, Alan spends his time ambling around museums, playing basketball, reading or trekking through the wilderness.

Fun Fact

Can speak over 7 languages

What do you find special about gridscale?

A beautiful marriage between German Efficiency and Startup Culture, breeding a spirit of flexibility and open-mindedness.

About me:

Origin
Planet Earth

Interests
Music, languages, basketball, cooking, trekking, Ukulele

Strength
Adaptability

My quirk or oddity
Thrift Shopping as a way of life

Can’t do without
Exploring mountains and forests

I’d like that superpower
Nap on command

My motto in life
»Don’t wait for somebody else to show you that the roses in your own garden smell beautiful.« (My take on a Malayalam Proverb)

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#opensource#polyglot#hakunamatata

Arlind Hoxha Senior Python Developer

Proud member of the Core Services team. Giving a helping hand in optimising deployment strategies/processes, analysis & brainstorming for core services new projects and often being an “emissary” of Core Services team for multi-team projects.

Fun Fact

Likes building frontend interfaces from time to time!

What do you find special about gridscale?

Very friendly and flexible environment that encompasses an ocean of knowledge spread between different teams.

About me:

Origin
Albania

Interests
Traveling, gaming, tennis, football and writing clean code!

Strength
Adaptability. I have no issue tackling new challenges.

My quirk or oddity
I can move my ears (which are very small)

Can’t do without
Coffee!

I’d like that superpower
Teleporting

My motto in life
»Stay Hungry Stay Foolish« (even tho’ not a fan of Steve Jobs)

Describe yourself in 3 hashtags
#pseudonym_generator#espresso#gif_machine