Meet the gridscale team

Felix Kronlage-Dammers

Felix Kronlage-Dammers Head of Development

As our Head of Development Felix is responsible for the solid base of our products. In his role he is coordinating our different development teams.

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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Oldenburg, Lower Saxony

Interessen
Everything around the bike, outdoor, cooking

Stärke
Reliability, the ability to admit mistakes

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I think I'm uncomplicated. Oh yeah, I also think I'm funny 🙂

Kann nicht ohne
Having regularly time for myself, coffee

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time Travel

Mein Lebensmotto
"Create more value than you capture "-Tim O'Reilly & "Only failure makes us experts"- Art Grabowski

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#hauptsachedraussen#liveslowridefast#oss

Thorsten Bruchhäuser CRO & 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

A great mix of colleagues, extreme professionalism.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Karlsruhe

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

Stärke
Listening

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I'm a total hypochondriac - that's definitely a quirk.

Kann nicht ohne
Coffee and fun at work

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Eating without gaining weight

Mein Lebensmotto
"Can't be done - doesn't exist."

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

Professionalism and a spirit of optimism

Über mich:

Herkunft
Cologne

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

Stärke
Doing, doing, doing...

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Ouchie: Dutch-speaking rock and pop. I like it a lot, my family rather less ;). Especially on the car trip to the holidays :).

Kann nicht ohne
Meaningfulness and fun in what I do.

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
To be able to simply pause the time once in a while.

Mein Lebensmotto
„Et bliev nix wie et wor, et kütt wie et kütt, et hät noch immer jot jejange!“ - Kölsches Grundgesetz

Beschreibe dich 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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Europe

Interessen
Computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence

Stärke
Analytical skills, endurance

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Nooooooooo! Not me 🙂

Kann nicht ohne
Laptop, mobile phone and internet

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Stretching time generously to create more

Mein Lebensmotto
I take it from Einstein: "You can't solve problems with the same way of thinking that created them."

Beschreibe dich 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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The focus on the essentials.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Saarland

Interessen
Freeriding, mountain biking, stock markets, economy

Stärke
Stubbornness

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Many ... This is the DNA of my personality 😉

Kann nicht ohne
Music, sports, good food

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Flying

Mein Lebensmotto
"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger."

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
I was born in Düsseldorf

Interessen
Fast cars, technology, IT

Stärke
Calm, reliable, structured

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
A slight tendency towards perfectionism. 😉

Kann nicht ohne
Cappuccino in the morning

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Justice

Mein Lebensmotto
"Stay calm..."

Beschreibe dich 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-syncs with passion, when noone is watching.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an 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.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Mettmann (NRW)

Interessen
People, Networking, HR, Recruiting

Stärke
Persistence and loyalty

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
If I drink latte, I definitely have to stir it. Although I don't use sugar.

Kann nicht ohne
My iPhone

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Teleport

Mein Lebensmotto
„Love it, leave it or change it.“

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#alwaysonline#helpercomplex#onewineisalwaysokay

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?

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The team and the energy with which ideas are realized.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Germany

Interessen
Technology, nature

Stärke
Understanding, ambitious, sensitive

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
There are two of me.

Kann nicht ohne
Britta

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Press Pause

Mein Lebensmotto
"Make decisions and stand behind them."

Beschreibe dich 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?

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Germany

Interessen
See the whole world! See it all!

Stärke
Staying calm

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
There are two of me.

Kann nicht ohne
Fart cookies

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Beaming

Mein Lebensmotto
"The one who stops learning has stopped being good."

Beschreibe dich 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 🙂

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Germany

Interessen
Psychology, computer science, philosophy

Stärke
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.

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
No, I have dozens. ^.^

Kann nicht ohne
My family 🙂

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Absolute mental control over matter.

Mein Lebensmotto
"Reality is too complex for mottos and principles."

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Germany

Interessen
Music, HiFi, Home Cinema, Home Automation

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I taste my cooking water. Apparently, that's not normal.

Kann nicht ohne
Family, friends, burgers and internet.

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Teleport!

Mein Lebensmotto
"I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that wont work.

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The company culture.

Über mich:

Herkunft
I was born in Berlin

Interessen
Right now: BPF, Rust, and containers.

Stärke
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.

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Plenty.

Kann nicht ohne
Can’t get anything done without coffee.

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Well, that’s a silly question. Go back in time.

Mein Lebensmotto
"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."

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#curious#not-much-time-left#i-missed-that-again

Torsten Urbas DC, Operations & Service

Torsten is one of gridscales founders and built the base for our technical operations, the server and networkinfrastructure in our datacenters as well as our technical customer support.

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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Stuttgart

Interessen
Delicious food

Stärke
Empathy

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I am incredibly consequent, sometimes to my disadvantage.

Kann nicht ohne
Family, coffee and iPhone

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Underwater breathing. There's so much hidden in the deep sea...

Mein Lebensmotto
"Those who always follow the herd only follow the asses."

Beschreibe dich 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!

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

To fathom the maximum!

Über mich:

Herkunft
Near Gießen in Hessen

Interessen
Technology in general, automation in particular

Stärke
The greater the stress, the greater the calm.

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
pigheaded, orderliness and cleanliness fanatic, couch potato (says my girlfriend)

Kann nicht ohne
My girlfriend, who slows me down by my work mania 🙂

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
No need to sleep anymore

Mein Lebensmotto
"Can't be done, doesn't exist."

Beschreibe dich 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?

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Bedburg

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

Stärke
Listening

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
My dry sense of humor.

Kann nicht ohne
Glasses and mobile phone

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
I don't want a superpower, it just gives you stupid ideas.

Mein Lebensmotto
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is life."

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#etküttwieetkütt#eteswieetes#watwellsdemaache

Kai Lange Developer

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Magdeburg (grown up in Wilsen ...)

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

Stärke
Honesty

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Respond (often) cruelly to sarcasm.

Kann nicht ohne
(My) children ...

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Invisibility

Mein Lebensmotto
"Success is a staircase, not a door." Dotty Walters

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
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.

Interessen
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.

Stärke
Communication

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
When I'm nervous, I tweak my eyebrows.

Kann nicht ohne
Joy of life

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
I already have one, but I'm not going to tell you 😉

Mein Lebensmotto
"Fake it until you make it."

Beschreibe dich 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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The work colleagues, the atmosphere and the company philosophy

Über mich:

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

Interessen
Programming

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
No. At least I'm not aware of it. But you say "Nobody is perfect!" So he who seeks, finds.

Kann nicht ohne
My smartphone and my laptop

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Being able to make yourself invisible would be exciting.

Mein Lebensmotto
"It comes as it comes."

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#creative#codinglove#nature

Marc Harriss Head of Product

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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The team, the atmosphere and the corporate culture.

Über mich:

Herkunft
South Africa

Interessen
Fitness, health, travel, music, guitar

Stärke
Adaptation to new situations

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I sometimes flinch when I fall asleep.

Kann nicht ohne
The Internet

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Talking to animals... Not the wisest choice, but I always wonder what they're thinking.

Mein Lebensmotto
"Opportunities don't happen, you create them."

Beschreibe dich 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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Hildesheim

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

Stärke
Arguing creatively

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Eating pizza and cake from the edge to the inside, actually I have no quirks. I have personality.

Kann nicht ohne
Friends, family and wristwatch

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Sometimes I would like to have two more wrists on my arm.

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

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#keinparkticketzieher#positivverrückt#lächelnundwinken

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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Much/ NRW

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

Stärke
Keep cool

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I only order spaghetti ice cream because of the frozen cream underneath.

Kann nicht ohne
Wife and daughter

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time Travel

Mein Lebensmotto
"What you got, you got."

Beschreibe dich 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!

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Indonesia

Interessen
Technology, data, football, music

Stärke
Curiosity

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Sometimes I make unfunny jokes

Kann nicht ohne
Laptop, Internet and Chinese food

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Suck the knowledge out of people

Mein Lebensmotto
"You can never get enough knowledge"

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#findit#whatif#more

Kristina Linke

Kristina Linke Team Assistant

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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The relaxed and honest manner

Über mich:

Herkunft
Near Nuremberg

Interessen
Travel, dancing, DIY, nature

Stärke
Keep the overview

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I peel mushrooms, this is apparently not normal 😉

Kann nicht ohne
Laughter

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Beaming

Mein Lebensmotto
"Be you be awesome."

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#lockenkopf#kleinertollpatsch#oklasseinfachmalmachen

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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Born in Bonn, at home in Cologne!

Interessen
Music (Bass), my garden

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I swear at my computer - without interruption.

Kann nicht ohne
Coffee

Beschreibe dich in 3 Hashtags
#bassdriver#cooking#pragmatism

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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

Über mich:

Herkunft
Bilbao, Spain

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

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I'd rather read than watch Netflix.

Kann nicht ohne
Coffee

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time Travel

Mein Lebensmotto
„Non gogoa, han zangoa.“

Beschreibe dich 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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Siegen

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

Stärke
You'll have to ask the others

Kann nicht ohne
Sun

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time Travel

Mein Lebensmotto
„War mutt dat mutt.“

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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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

A great team working together on a great product

Über mich:

Herkunft
Bergisch Gladbach

Interessen
Environment, travel and fitness

Stärke
My positive attitude

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Endlessly buying video games and not finish playing.

Kann nicht ohne
Sports

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Teleport to travel around the world.

Mein Lebensmotto
"Paths are made by walking them."

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#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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

Colleagues you can trust completely

Über mich:

Herkunft
Palestine

Interessen
Politics, astronomy, and technology

Stärke
Curiosity for how things work

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Traveled the world without a recognized nationality.

Kann nicht ohne
Internet

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
The power to turn this tearful world into a cheerful one.

Mein Lebensmotto
"Learning never ends."

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#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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The unique Team

Über mich:

Herkunft
Cologne

Interessen
Fitness, history, politics, computer

Stärke
Helpfulness

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Not just one

Kann nicht ohne
Computer 🙂

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Clairvoyance

Mein Lebensmotto
"There is strength in silence."

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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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Vietnam

Interessen
Technology, music and games

Stärke
Team player, adaptability

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Bad memory

Kann nicht ohne
Teammates

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Wisdom

Mein Lebensmotto
"If you don't try, you'll never know."

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#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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an 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.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Sol system, third planet. Central Europe

Interessen
People, technology and friends

Stärke
Being able to laugh about myself

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I am level flexible and situation elastic.

Kann nicht ohne
Coffee, cigarettes and music

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Superintelligent and rich - Zack, Iron Man

Mein Lebensmotto
"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

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#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!

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Isfahan, Iran

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

Stärke
I think my problem-solving

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Hardly sleep without a blanket, even in hot weather!

Kann nicht ohne
Internet, Laptop

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time travel

Mein Lebensmotto
"Enjoy your life, and help people enjoy their lives."

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#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

Has a serious case of RBF-Syndrom, but is actually a really nice guy. "I'm not that angry, i swear!"

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

Herkunft
Cologne

Interessen
Fantasy stories, D&D, gaming and climbing

Stärke
Empathy and attention

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I pluck my beard while thinking 😉

Kann nicht ohne
Open window when sleeping

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Mind-reading

Mein Lebensmotto
"Not all those who wander are lost"

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#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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an 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.

Über mich:

Herkunft
Lübeck, Germany

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

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
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.

Kann nicht ohne
Actually, I find myself quite ascetic. But I think it'll be hard without a bathtub.

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Time Travel

Mein Lebensmotto
"A no you have, a yes you can get."

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#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”.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

Friendly environment

Über mich:

Herkunft
Egypt

Interessen
Reading, Travel and playing games

Stärke
Finding a easy and good solution for complex problems

Kann nicht ohne
Freedom

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Superman power

Mein Lebensmotto
»Health first.«

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#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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

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

Über mich:

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

Interessen
Music, TED talks, photography, cycling, reading

Stärke
I let my interlocutors finish.

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
Here's not enough space for that...

Kann nicht ohne
A piece of paper and a pen. I'll take scrap paper...

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Teleportation

Mein Lebensmotto
»Tit for tat.«

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#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.

Was ist für dich das Besondere an 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.

Über mich:

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

Interessen
Technology, StarTrek, MTBs, environment, natural sciences

Stärke
I like to finish things and try new things.

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
When I'm in my head, I get a "resting bitch face".

Kann nicht ohne
Books and Internet

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Eating what I want without gaining weight

Mein Lebensmotto
»If you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Get more tools.«

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#fff#nomnomnom#dnd5e

Jonathan Lutterbeck 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

Was ist für dich das Besondere an gridscale?

The competence, nice employees and the great product

Über mich:

Herkunft
Bergisch Gladbach

Interessen
Cycling, movies and friends

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

Hast du eine Macke oder schräge Eigenschaft?
I eat very slowly

Kann nicht ohne
My mobile phone

Ich hätte gerne diese Superkraft
Flying

Mein Lebensmotto
»Those who fight can lose. Those who do not fight have already lost.«

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#goodvibes#fritzcola#iqos