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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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.

Meet our new Sales Manager Gwen

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We are happy to welcome Gwen as part of our Sales Team. To give you an impression of her and to show you how she convinced us to work together, we asked her to answer our questionnaire for new team members.

What have you done before joining us?

I worked for a online marketing and print company (that doesn’t exist anymore) and in two online games companies as online marketing and sales manager for France.

What are your responsibilities at Akanoo?

Acquiring new customers for the French market and account management for existing customers.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Being in contact with people.

And what do you usually do after work?

Take care of my two kids.

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

Everybody or nobody! And as long as I’m the only full-time woman here at the moment (and being French), it would be way too tendentious!

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

The old city center because of its history and the French crêperie. :)

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Google maps, for obvious reasons!

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

On the web you can find me here:

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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Business Development Manager With French Roots

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Carole is Business Development Manager at Akanoo. She is responsible for establishing our tool in the French market and enrichs our office live with her French culture and regional desserts.

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

Since January, and before I worked in France as a Regional Manager for a telecom company.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

It is very exciting to be responsible for the success in a country, to be in charge of the development from scratch. It is challenging and I really love that.

And what do you usually do after work?

I drink a beer. :P

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

This is a really difficult question, because everyone in the team has good assets to be a good partner on a lonely island… Well, I would say Moritz, I bet he knows how to build a solid wood raft!

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

I really like the Hirschpark in Blankenese, specially in autumn. The colours are beautiful and the view to the Elbe is stunning. It is always a good place for a nice walk.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Spotify because I can not live without music. :)

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading: 

Mr. MondialisationI definitely recommend this blog, because when you read this you really believe that even little actions can change the world.

On the web you can find me here:

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Customer Success Manager With A Passion For Design

 

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Mirjam is Customer Success Manager at Akanoo. She creates campaign ideas and designs in cooperation with our clients, checks the performance and optimizes them. And  by the way, she is creative in her free time, too.

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

Since April 2014. Before I worked in Sales & Marketing positions for some fashion and cosmetic companies, mainly in the luxury sector.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The atmosphere between the team members and that you can try new things together.

And what do you usually do after work?

Go shopping at a building supplies store. Visit a spin class or “Hot Iron” (this barbell-group-thing, which consists of  90% pain). Cook so much food, that I have to invite some people.

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

Depends on the goal.

For living there self-sufficient the rest of my life → Frank, because he even makes his own honey!

For leaving the island as fast as possible → Bendix, because he was a boy scout.

For having a “Party-Holiday” and getting off the island with a special pick-up service →  Moritz, he knows the right people and how to have a good time.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

MyFitnessPal, Pinterest and Houzz. The first motivates me, because I need to see results by numbers. With Houzz you find a lot of great works from interior experts, which push my creativity. For Pinterest I needed some time to get a heavy user. It began when I started to create furniture. Now it’s my #1 tool for searching some first inspo together with Houzz.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

On the web you can find me here:

LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook, Instagram, PinterestHouzz