I spent over a decade working with startups across the US & Europe, helping them execute, develop their vision & grow best-in-class engineering organizations. I have extensive experience leading projects in distributed systems at scale, large-scale native mobile development and mentoring founders and engineers to help them grow & succeed.
I successfully started, grew, and sold a business with over 250M installs and 160M users.
Years in field
Miles hiked this year
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 - current
Director of Engineering, Reddit
Working on Consumer & Video products, helping Reddit envision immersive consumer experiences at scale. Grew multiple key consumption metrics by up to 400%, launched multiple 0-to-1 product experiences used by millions across the stack, and managed some of the best-executing engineering teams in the organization.
Led significant technical advancements in mobile architecture, helping to transition from a web-first to mobile-first leadership mindset, and worked directly with systems processing thousands of requests per second.
2014 - 2020
Co-Founder & CTO, Dubsmash (acquired by Reddit)
Led engineering in all aspects for a first-of-its-kind mobile video platform boasting 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).
Built a cloud platform serving billions of videos daily worldwide, distributing & processing petabytes worth of data, and processing thousands of requests per second.Acquired by Reddit in December 2020.
2009 - 2014
Engineering & Technical Lead, various Startups
Assisted multiple Startups with launching their 0-to-1 projects across the entire project lifecycle. Projects included real-time hardware integrations for the national Swiss Train company, interactive education experiences on tablets, and early- stage creator products.
Hands-on development & architecture in various languages across the stack (Python, PHP, Objective-C, Java, and more), delivering high-quality end-user experiences at scale.
Want to say hello? Interested in working together? Looking for support for your startup? Shoot me an email or connect on LinkedIn & let's chat!