For the past thirteen years, I've been working with startups in the US and Europe, helping them bring their visions to life and build top-notch engineering teams that excell in 0-to-1 and growth environments. My core expertise lies in leading large-scale projects in distributed systems and native mobile development. Along the way, I've had the pleasure of mentoring founders and engineers, helping them grow and succeed in their careers.
I successfully started, grew, and sold Dubsmash with over 250M installs and 160M users.
Years in field
Miles hiked since 2021
I help engineering teams prioritize, execute & add value at scale across the full lifecycle.
Sometimes you have to do the right thing, other times you have to do things right. I help teams figure out when.
I build distributed systems at scale & have supported use-cases ranging from task systems processing terrabytes of data to real-time systems brokering thousands of requests per second.
I help make complex problems easy.
I have hands-on experience building applications on all major platforms at scale and put an emphasis on tight iteration loops & great developer experience.
I built native mobile applications before it was cool.
I build best-in-class engineering organizations by hiring high caliber talent, investing into their growth and creating an environment they can thrive in.
I believe in diverse teams & the importance of psychological safety to succeed.
I invest in & grow the next generation of founders, engineers & leaders by actively coaching and mentoring them.
Growth comes from within, I foster a growth-mindset in individuals and shape environments that learn and grow intrinsically.
I help businesses unlock potential by extending my work past engineering, helping shape product strategy and advising on the technological aspects to bring dreams to reality.
Building great products takes a village and I am a cross-functional partner-in-crime.
BA IT-Systems Engineering
Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Berlin, Germany
2020 - 2022
Director of Engineering, Reddit
Leading consumer & video products at scale for some of the platform's most widely used products, serving hundreds of millions of monthly active users. Grew multiple key consumption metrics by up to 400%, launched 0-to-1 product experiences across multiple platforms, and empowered some of the best-executing engineering teams in the organization.
Led significant advancements in mobile architecture and spearheaded the development of several new internal tools and systems that streamlined processes, enabled scalability, and could handle thousands of requests per second.
2014 - 2020
Co-Founder & CTO, Dubsmash (acquired by Reddit)
Led engineering in all aspects for a groundbreaking mobile video platform that amassed over 250M downloads and over 160M users worldwide, gaining international recognition for our engagement with underrepresented communities online. Heavily involved in product- & business strategy, attracting investments from top-tier VCs (Index, General Catalyst, Balderton, Eniac, Lowercase, and others).
Our platform served billions of videos daily worldwide, distributed petabytes worth of data, and processed thousands of requests per second extremely cost-efficiently.Acquired by Reddit in December 2020.
2009 - 2014
Engineering & Technical Lead, various Startups
Led end-to-end development and launch for 0-to-1 projects across various industries, including real-Bme hardware integraBons for Swiss Railways, interacBve tablet-based educaBon, and early-stage creator products.
Built highly scalable applicaBons with excepBonal end-user experiences in mind, uBlizing an array of programming languages including Python, PHP, ObjecBve-C, Java, and more.
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