Meet our new Sales Manager Malte

Malte has joined our team in January as a Sales Manager. In his interview, he will tell you more about his passion for sales and business development.

What have you done before joining us?

Except a handful of internships, I haven’t done a job for a long term yet . Last year I established the company ‘die Herren Edel GmbH’, where I work as CEO. Also, I am still studying economy engineering at University of Hamburg, looking forward to graduate next year.

What are your responsibilities at Akanoo?

At Akanoo, I am part of the sales team and acquire customers to increase the revenue.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Again and again, I get the chance, to convince managers to first: Talk with me for some minutes and second: To take 30 minutes for a presentation. It’s a challenging task, and I like the feeling when it works, the feeling to know that I am able to talk straight to managers in high positions.

And what do you usually do after work?

For me, after work is before work. I have some other projects, especially my own company, but also business ideas that I am developing. I am a businessman by heart. That’s why I actually won’t call it work – it’s my passion. Also I am doing Bikram Yoga for my health and my soul and I read a lot, mostly biographies other non-fiction books.

Which colleague would you take with you to a lonely island and why?

I would take Fabian, because he has similar interests as I have, so I guess talking to him and trying to create something new and build some practical things at the island would be much fun, even if we can’t help people with it or  sell it

Which attraction/part of Hamburg do you think you should definitely visit and why?

I like the chocoversum, a chocolate museum. It’s yummy and interesting at the same time. :-)

Which apps could you never do without and why?

The HVV app, because I would always miss trains and buses and annoy everyone of my friends, being too late.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

www.dieherrenedel.de

On the web you can find me here:

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Top 4 Akanoo Name Twins

Ever wondered where our name Akanoo came from? Our name “Akanoo” originates from the Maori language. It means to “persuade” or “create” and thus fits perfectly to our Predictive Analytics solutions.

But, we are not the only ones, who think it is a great name. Here are our Top 4 name twins:

1. Akanoo, the Rapper

In the music business names are almost as important as sound. We have a name twin who is active in the rapper scene:

2. Akano Animee Artist

Apart from Hip Hop, we have a name twin, who performs anime songs and does some vocaloid.

3. Material Arts Fighter Akano

Furthermore, we have a name twin, who is a professional Material Arts Fighter from Japan.

4. Educational Channel Akanoo cc

In education, our name is popular, too. Akanoo cc is an educational YouTube channel from Bahrain, that is streaming conferences and music performances.

Meet our new Data Scientist Torge

Torge is supporting the Data Science team since December. To give you an impression of him and his responsibilities we asked him to answer the Akanoo team member questionnaire:

What have you done before joining us?

I worked for a few years at Hamburg University of Technology as a research assistant where I wrote my Phd thesis in mathematics.

What are your responsibilities at Akanoo?

I am a Data Scientist and as such it is my responsibility to answer data-related questions and develop/improve our statistical model.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Besides having great colleagues I enjoy being able to apply my knowledge as a mathematician.

And what do you usually do after work?

After work I usually take a long trip to Stade, where I currently live.

Which colleague would you take with you to a lonely island and why?

Sven, since he is the oldest and wisest of us all.

Which attraction/part of Hamburg do you think you should definitely visit and why?

The new Elbphilharmonie, since I am anxious to see what the acoustics are like.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Threema and Netflix. I use Threema to communicate and Netflix as a remote for the TV.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

Currently Reddit.

New customers: Schecker and Testrut

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We are happy to announce the collaboration with two new customers: Schecker and Testrut.

We met the Schecker employees during our pitch for the Rising Star Award and could convince them of our technology. Schecker is a specialist dealer for dog supplies. In their online shop dog owners can buy everything their heart desires. The second new client for Akanoo is Testrut, an international supplier for house and garden accessories.

We are looking forward to successful collaborations and a a lot of effective campaigns.

Meet Our Data Scientist Gundula

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Gundula works as a data scientist at Akanoo. She implements new features for our predictive models. Furthermore, she spents a lot of time on preparing and evaluating experiments and monitoring the nightly training cycles.

How long have you been working for Akanoo and what have you done before that?

I started working with Akanoo in November 2014. Before, I did a PhD in computational neuroscience: My research was about the processing of auditory information of calling songs in the brain of grasshoppers.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy the vast amount of data that we analyze.

And what do you usually do after work?

On my way back home, I enjoy the Außenalster!

Which colleague would you take with you to a lonely island and why?

I would take Carole, because she is a great swimmer.

Which attraction/part of Hamburg do you think you should definitely visit and why?

This summer, I discovered Wilhelmsburger Inselpark, though it looks quite artificial. Altes Land is lovely, too, especially during spring when the apple trees bloom.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Spotify.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

I read a lot about vegetarian cooking!

On the web you can find me here:

Try your favorite search engine.

Meet Our Software Developer Torben

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Torben is Software Developer at Akanoo. His responsibilities stretches out from the development of our core components to keeping our services running. Additionally, he supports our data science team with data engineering and clever remarks.

How long have you been working for Akanoo and what have you done before that?

I am here at Akanoo since August of 2014. Before that I worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Prinovis, Europe’s largest printing services provider.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Setting new features live will probably never cease to excite me.

And what do you usually do after work?

I like listening to music and going to live gigs of rather obscure bands. I started to play the bass guitar recently.

Which colleague would you take with you to a lonely island and why?

I would choose Bendix because his sailing skills would enable him to bring us back to inhabited land.

Which attraction/part of Hamburg do you think you should definitely visit and why?

Just buy a public transport ticket and get on a ferry on the Elbe. This is a very authentic and cheap way to enjoy the river and the harbour.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Poweramp is a great music player for android which can handle even a huge song collection in a breeze. And there is Wunderlist which enables you to manage your tasks in a nice way.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

On the web you can find me here:

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