Meet our new Senior Corporation Manager Monica

We are happy to welcome Monica as part of our Sales team. In her interview, she will tell you a bit more about her background, her responsibilities at Akanoo and what she is doing in her free time:

What have you done before joining us?

After studying Architecture/ Design and later Electrical Engineering at NYU, I landed at Mühlbauer AG as a Sales Engineer and then followed the same Sales path for the past 12 years. Moved back to Germany in 2010, after 3 years working at Oracle and have worked for Dell/ EMC, Mailjet and Webtrekk in Munich, Paris and Berlin before joining Akanoo.

What are your responsibilities at Akanoo?

I’m the Senior Corporation Manager at Akanoo meaning the Sales point to our major target markets DACH and also responsible for expanding Akanoo internationally and winning new great customers.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

I love Sales and have been expanding German, French and American companies in Europe, North America and also MENA. Sales is very emotional to me and I love offering Akanoo solutions to companies that struggling with communicating to their non-buyers and help turn them into buyers and increase their turnover.

And what do you usually do after work?

Yoga, Kick-Boxing, Jogging, Fashion and Interior Design, I believe I am a little bit of both intro- and extrovert and always try to keep the balance by spending some quiet time drawing sketches, reading books and watching movies!

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

I’d take Gwen with me, we will talk only in French so that I can remember some forgotten French language skills of mine ;-), She’s very patient with my French and a perfect teacher!

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

As an architect/ designer myself, I am very looking forward to visiting Elphi (Elbphilharmonie) as it is one the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. And of course the chocolate museum (yam yam yam)!

Which apps could you never do without and why?

I can’t live up without my online banking Sparkasse, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram apps.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

Twitter, Facebook & Insta, Online Marketing, Internet World, …

On the web you can find me here:

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Meet our new intern in the sales team: Mathieu

Mathieu has joined the Akanoo team as an intern in our sales department recently. In his interview, you can find out more about him and his motivation to join Akanoo:

What have you done before joining us?

Before joining Akanoo I did other internships as a salesman and tried to study foreign languages at university. The internship at Akanoo is part of my international trade studies. I’m normally living and studying in France.

What are your responsibilities at Akanoo?

Acquiring new customers for the French market.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Discovering the e-commerce world, new technologies and contacting professionals.

I love listening to stories from my colleagues and learning new things from them.

And what do you usually do after work?

Improving my German knowledge for sure, working on my internship report, visiting Hamburg, shopping, watching series and videos on YouTube.

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

I think Gwen because she speaks French and I could learn and practice German and English, too! How great is that?

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

I don’t know Hamburg yet, but I visited St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken and everything related to the sea is relaxing and beautiful to me.

Which apps could you never do without and why?

Google Maps, because I’m easily lost and Messenger and Whatsapp to stay in touch with my friends and family.

These blogs/websites belong to my daily reading:

I read a lot of different blogs and websites about technology, politics, economics, internationals but my favorite ones are the entertainment websites and blogs. It’s a kind of my guilty pleasure…

On the web you can find me here:

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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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