Meet the gridscale team

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    Marie Valente Design & Color

  • Marie Valente Design & Color

    Marie is responsible for the website and all the visual communication of gridscale. She has done her apprenticeship at a large german hosting company, where she also worked together with Marc, Carsten and Henrik. Eventually they got her on board at gridscale.

    Fun Fact:

    Cooffffeeeeeeee!!!!

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    Martin Znamirowski Architektur Guru

  • Martin Znamirowski Architektur 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 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 show.

    Fun Fact:

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

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    Carsten Dittmann Backend, Business Logic & Billing

  • 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. Prior to 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?

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    Alida Wonner Working student Software Development DevOp

  • Alida Wonner Working student Software Development DevOp

    Alida is a working student in software development DevOp. She studies Information Science and Language Technology at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Professionally, she also brings techological know-how into the gridscale team. She worked for 2 years as a database / report programmer for a Dusseldorf consulting company and was previously involved in a renowned digital agency based in Dusseldorf Medienhafen in the field of digital marketing for 3 years.

    Alida feels in good hands in the digital world and has an affinity to programming.

    Fun Fact:

    alida <3 coding

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    Nicola Römer Marketing & PR

  • Nicola Römer Marketing & PR

    Nicola is responsible for marketing and, in close collaboration with the founders, contributes above all to increase the brand recognition level internationally. In addition to her successfully completed MBA from the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, she brings along over 10 years of know-how and experience across all important business areas. She could not only prove her organizational and leadership strengths in her previous positions at IBM Germany and State Street Bank – she was also the founder and managing director of her own company, the Kölner Schatztüte.

    Fun Fact:

    She's never alone - thanks to our office puppy Lenny 🙂

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    Thomas Wiebe Software Engineer

  • Thomas Wiebe Software Engineer

    Thomas is driving the expansion of cloud platforms at gridscale. As an old stager of the hosting industry with 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.

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    Ben Odenthal DevOp System Administrator

  • Ben Odenthal DevOp System Administrator

    Ben is virtually the right hand of the devil of Torsten and thus also cares for all our productive, development and managed environment. With now more than 20 years of experience exclusively in the IT industry and his great affinity for Linux and general open source products, he has now found his personal Valhalla at Gridscale.

    Fun Fact:

    Undead Warlock who also reads manpages.

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    Torsten Urbas DC, Operations & Service

  • 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

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    Yannik Hubrich Working student Online Marketing

  • Yannik Hubrich Working student 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.

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    Tobias Schiffer Finance, Tax & Controlling

  • Tobias Schiffer Finance, Tax & Controlling

    Tobias has been part of the team since the end of 2014 and is responsible gridscale’s figures as our CFO. His love to figures and finance are 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?

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    Marc Harriss Marketing Developer

  • Marc Harriss Marketing Developer

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

    Fun Fact:

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

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    Michael Balser Research & Development

  • Michael Balser Research & Development

    As our CPO, Michael is the central point of contact for our products that turn gridscale into what it is today – from the idea and implementation to the maintenance of existing products. For more than 12 years in the hosting industry, he has always been able to implement ideas with the attitude of “yes, you can””, where others only saw a “it does not work” and “we have always done it this way”.

    Fun Fact:

    Yes, you can!

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    Florian Wolf Working student Marketing Development

  • Florian Wolf Working student Marketing Development

    IT student Florian supports us in marketing development. He makes sure that our content is well received by you and Google. Incidentally, he has the topic of SEO and Google Analytics in view. Florian loves to get to know new tools and also explains them to you in his tutorials.

    Fun Fact:

    gridscale's only Veggie

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    Daniel Woessner Design

  • Daniel Woessner Design

    As designer, Daniel is responsible for the visual appearance of gridscale, which – in addition to the entire communication – also affects the interface of the panel. Together with Carsten and Marc, he has already realized numerous online projects before working with gridscale. After a training in repography, he discovered his passion for the digital media early on during his studies of visual communication at the Fachhochschule Aachen.

    Fun Fact:

    Only takes of his cap on a rollercoaster

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    Marcus Criscenzo Sysadmin Managed-Hosting

  • 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 🙂

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    Marc Dittmann Frontend, UX & GUI

  • 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?

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    Kai Lange Developer

  • Kai Lange Developer

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    Henrik Hasenkamp Strategie & Partner

  • Henrik Hasenkamp Strategie & 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

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    Felix Weis Working student Online Marketing

  • Felix Weis Working student Online Marketing

    Felix is the youngest member of the gridscale team at the age of 19. He is studying Applied Information Science at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and now supports the field of online marketing as a working student.
    Since he himself plays with the idea to build his own business while studying, he is in good hands with us in the young start-up company.

    Fun Fact:

    The gym is his second home.

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    Frank Gross Director of Freshness & Sales

  • 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. Prior to 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.