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A lot of time during the day is spent at work and it is a lot better when you really like what you are doing and where you are doing it. At gestigon we have a strong focus on our team, because that is the most valuable asset we have.

We are proud to have a very relaxed and familiar atmosphere, so that everybody can excel in his or her field of work. Nerfs, drones and nerdy gimmicks set the scene. As we try to solve our technological problems together, we also hang out together once in a while, enjoy good food or drinks together, watch the weirdest movies and regularly play a game of darts or table soccer. And you won’t believe it, but at gestigon the CTO always participates, although we have to let him win occasionally…

We are young at heart

Average Age: 32 years
(Elliott doesn't count)

Our people get around

7 Nations & 11 different languages (12 if counting Klingon)

We are technically diverse

Mac users: 40%
Windows users: 57.2%
Linux users: 2.8%

We love critters

4 cats, 5 dogs, 2 newts,
some hermit crabs & 17 kids

Moritz


Managing Director (CEO)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would love to be able to slow down the spinning of the planet earth to give each day, at least once in a while, a few extra hours.

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

There are actually a few places I love...First and foremost: Wherever my wife and kids are is the place to be. Apart from that:
Vancouver/Canada for the scenery of mountains, skyline and the ocean. Manaus/Brazil to party as if there was no tomorrow. New York/USA for the restaurants, especially good sea food. St. Anton/Austria to go skiing and après-ski-parties. Berlin and Atlanta, as some of my closest friends live there. And if I am out and nowhere to find: check for some woods where I might be hunting or the closest beach where I might be surfing. And of course Lübeck/Germany because of the #BestTeamEver @gestigon.

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

You can do that? I've never understood what these flight attendants wanted from me. They use these words, “turn off your phone”, too. Crazy. Why would anyone ever want to turn off their cell phone?

What is your dream car?

Oldtimer: Ford Mustang 1966 Convertible. Or, today, a Porsche 911 Targa S4. Both in black. And “reasonably”, just a bit more speed for our 8-years-244,000km-old-9-seater-VW T5 Caravelle and an upgrade of the stereo.

How long is your daily way to work?

If I spend a day in the office in Lübeck, I have a 1:15 hour drive each way to get there from my home. But that is totally ok and doesn’t stress me at all. In the mornings I can still take a nap, read a newspaper, some blogs on my mobile phone and pick up a second coffee. And on the way back I usually still get some work done – emails, phone calls with the USA or catch up with friends and I really enjoy a gintonic (or two – with cucumber, not lemons, please) on the way. The only thing that really bothers me is the price of gasoline.

Sascha


Managing Director (CTO)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Self-replication seems to be cool to get things done, but way too scary when you meet yourself. I guess precognition and teleportation would be nice for the same purpose.

What is your dream car?

Tesla P85D - not just because of the insane mode...

Do you believe in life on other planets?

What one man can do, another man can do. Why shouldn't this hold for planets?

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Can't remember when I last did that...

Your favorite tv series from your childhood?

I was only twelve years old upon its release (and not allowed to watch such mystery thrillers) but Twin Peaks (or basically everything directed by David Lynch) is a masterpiece.

Elliott


Feel Good Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Death Lick

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

101 Dalmatians – But I hate all the scenes with Cruella. She so much reminds me of our local veterinarian.

How long is your daily way to work?

In the morning, just round the block. Then, I like going to the pond and take a swim. In the afternoon, I prefer the woods (need to go there by car) and in the evening it's usually just the garden of our neighbors.

What was the last book you read?

„How to train Humans“ – and I can totally confirm: it works.

What is your usual bedtime?

Oh, that is easy. I usually get up at 06:45 am and take a short walk. My usual bed time is then 07:05 am, 08:20 am, 08:40 am, 09:00 am, long walk, 10:45 am, 11:00 am, 11:05 am, 11:10 am, 02:50 pm, 03:10 pm, 03:45 pm, 04:05 pm, looong walk, 06:20 pm, 06:50 pm, 08:10 pm, short walk, 08:15 pm, 09:25 pm.

What should they have taught you in school but didn't?

Hahaha, funny question. Love it! But what is “school”? And what concept does “taught” relate to?

Alexander


Senior Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Time Travel

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Last fall, when I visited Sweden with some people I had never met before. We stayed at a small house in the woods. It was a great time and no one ever needed a cell phone.

What is your dream car?

If I had to choose a car, it would be a Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Otherwise, it would be a Kawaski Ninja H2.

What is the worst book you have ever read?

"Paare, Passanten" from Botho Strauß, no words.

What was the last book you read?

"Augensammler" by Sebastian Fitzek, great thriller.

André


Head of Finance

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Teleportation Ability - no traffic jams, always being on time. Also it should be possible to teleport characters from books and movies into the real world and vice versa :D

Mario or Sonic?

Mario on SNES

What band would you camp out all night to get tickets to see?

Justice @ Ed Banger 10th Anniversary, NYC; Future Islands, The Darkness

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Dunedin, went up the steepest street of the world in the first gear of my packed Toyota Corolla – I think this is one of the furthest places you can go from Germany in both directions.

What is your dream car?

I like Volvo... waiting for the new V90

Angelina


Interface Design

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Magic - every time I move my fingers, I get what I want.

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

Beauty and the Beast –> true value comes from the inside

What is your dream car?

A car that knows how I want to be transported.

What was the last book you read?

Manipulation in language (Manipulation in der Sprache). I want to know if manipulation is a good tool to get a good User Experience: the product doesn't need to tell me how to use it, the product should lead the user in their goals.

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

Special memory stick for human brain activity for more capacity.

Anna-Charlotte


Head of Sales

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Reading other people's mind to find the perfect way to always get what I want.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To Sissy-Time, because I could be a real princess for one day with long, long hair and beautiful dresses.

What is your favorite candy?

Sausage, since I am not a real sweets person.

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

Definitely Star Wars, since Lucas Film has been acquired by Disney.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

Alf.

Björn


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Control people's minds!

If you could choose freely, where would you want to live and how?

In the middle of the mountains in a silent area, with no stress and enough money.

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

Well, everything what is available except, pineapple.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Skydiving, become a millionaire and steal somebody's car, just for the adrenaline kick!

What is your dream car?

This is pretty simple, a big man needs a big car, like a big pickup, maybe that one built by Ford, and the color should be black!

What is your usual bedtime?

Come on, a vampire doesn't have to sleep, he only needs bloooood!

Cai


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Absorb other's superpowers, like Sylar from the series 'Heroes'.

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

I think Rotorua in New Zealand and Tenerife on the Canary Islands

How long is your daily way to work?

Map says 6,5km. It takes 6 minutes by train. Yes, I love to work so close to home!

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

Transformers. I used to have a large collection of those robots.

What is the worst air travel experience you have ever had?

My flight got cancelled days before the date of travel and I was not informed by anyone. It was so late no one at the airport could really help, neither could the hotline service at the other end of the earth. I literally had to wander around the city in the middle of the night to find a hotel, which was not easy because of some exhibition going on. Although the airline paid the bill next day and upgraded my seats, I still decided not to fly with them ever again.

 

Christian


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would definitely choose teleportation! There are so many nice places on earth that traveling in zero time is a big dream for me. Just spending the sunset on a beautiful island, taking Poutine for lunch in Montreal, …

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

It's really hard to tell because there are so many good Disney movies. So in my childhood I think it was Aladdin. Flying on a carpet, having a Dschinni with 3 wishes and of course getting the princess. I have watched this movie in my childhood so often that my parents must hate it.
Today it's Wall•E. A love story between two robots without much spoken words, just great pictures, it's so cute. I know, I am a bit of a romantic.

What is the worst book you have ever read?

It's Faust part one and two from Goethe. The book is maybe not so bad, but I was tortured with it for one and a half years in school. So I never want to see it again, no chance! Maybe only as toilet paper...

What was the last book you read?

The last 32 books I read are all written by the famous Karl May. The last one was a not so well-known book named “Eine deutsche Sultana” (A German Sultana) and is part one from “Deutsche Herzen - Deutsche Helden” (German Hearts – German Heroes) with a total of 2600 pages. And there are still so many books to read from Karl May. It's just incredible how much this man has written, it seems he had too much free time for writing

What book can you read over and over again?

It's the ZBV series from K.H. Scheer. It's a science fiction thriller series written in the sixties and playing in our today past starting in 2001. It's really interesting to read how the author has thought we will live at the beginning of the 21st century. In some areas we are still behind his mind but in some areas we are already better.

Christian


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Of course the power of "The Simpsons™" Everyman™. (Not to be confused with DC's Everyman). Touch a comic and gain the power of the pictured hero. Why limit yourself to only one superpower...

Mario or Sonic?

I was raised with PC and not console, so...Guybrush Threepwood? But if I had to choose: Mario

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Always on the plane and in theaters/cinemas etc.

What band would you camp out all night to get tickets to see?

... Internet?

What book can you read over and over again?

All of the Zamonien books bei Walter Moers are worth reading over and over again.

Christian


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Shape-Shifting

What is your dream car?

Alfa Romeo 164 QV and/or Alfa Romeo C8

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

Cheese, Cheese and Cheese

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

Avengers Universe

If you could choose freely, where would you want to live and how?

In a Tardis and go everywhere in time and space.

Damien


Test Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would like to have teleportation ability. There are so many places to see on Earth and in the universe.And if the weather in Hamburg is not nice, which fortunately happens very rarely, then I can go to relax under the sun in Bali.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I would like to go to prehistory to check if Steven Spielberg has talent and bringing back a big bone for Elliott.

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Okazaki in Japan for the east and San Francisco for the west.

What is your dream car?

Definetely a Porsche 911. This has been my dream car since I was a little guy where I was receiving pocket money to buy my porsche. Unfortunately this money passed away in candies.

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

I really like to put a little bit of pizza on my mozarella.

Dirk


Chief Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Take on properties of anything touched

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Last week.

What is your favorite Candy?

Daim.

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over.

Mario or Sonic?

Super Mario Land (GameBoy)

Which three items would you take on a deserted island?

Butler, yacht and hammock.

Ercan


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Weather Control!

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I'd go back some thousands of years and visit all the places that have since then been altered irreversibly or destroyed completely by human civilization. Alternatively, for the sake of a less depressing answer: I'd go back only a couple hundred of years, bring some fancy gadgets with me and then inevitably be made king.

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

As a true pizza purist I'd say a decent mozzarella is all it takes ...

What was the last book you read?

"A Dance with Dragons", the fifth book in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I am now doomed to anxiously wait for more content, hoping that the two books planned will actually be finished.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Why, yes of course.

Erhardt


Head of IP Management

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

To cure stupidity whenever necessary.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Meet my parents.

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Traveled to Sydney and Anchorage; lived in Melbourne and the San Francisco Bay Area.

What is your dream car?

It used to be the Alfa GT Junior Bertone but now I prefer motorbikes.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Yes.

Florian


Chief Project Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Hard to say as there is nearly an infinite number of them. But if I had to choose, I think I'd pick telepathy. Or teleportation. Or telekinesis. Uhm, can I roll a dice to choose one of them for me?

How many passwords do you have memorized?

I try to remember all of them, which works fine most of the time. Never trust a password manager you didn't write on your own...

What is your dream car

My dream car has only two tires and is usually called motorcycle ;-)

What is your usual bedtime?

If you'd ask my "evening-me", too early. If you'd ask my "morning-me", it's usually too late.

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

I'd really like to be the proud owner of a fancy spaceship. Doesn't have to be the Deathstar, just give me a small, fun spacecraft like the USS Defiant or the Millennium Falcon.

Foti


Project Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I'd go with the ability to successfully calibrate a camera at the first attempt. But that is obviously impossible, so my second choice would be the ability to create nachos out of thin air, and be very average at everything I do. I would be Nacho-Average-Guy and leave everybody very confused.

iOS or Android?

Android. It's ok.

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

Sometimes I change my mind in the middle of making an omelette, so definitely an egg unscrambler.

For you, what is the best way to spend a Sunday?

Reading a good book in the shade of a tree, sometimes listening to the leaves rustling and insects buzzing in the summer heat.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

2005, to give myself a time machine.

Frank


Head of Operations

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Music instrument mastery - I'd love to be able to play an instrument like a pro just by touching it

iOS or Android?

Both - although I switched back again to iOS just recently, I cannot really call a winner here.

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Yokohama, Japan / Kailua-Kona on Big Island Hawaii

What is your dream car?

Certainly VW T1 and T2 count, but the environmental record is rather on the weak side. Therefore a BMW i3 - a pretty intriguing concept of a carbon-emission free vehicle both from production and driving perspective.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

MacGyver - amazing how this guy could build anything out of nothing with a swiss army knife....

Franziska


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would like to be able to manipulate time, mainly to stop it on occasion. I would never be late again and could take a bit more time in the mornings, or could just stop the time at work and take a nap.

If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?

Actually I'd love to become an author, but that's not really a business...So, I would open my own café with lots of handmade cake and cookies and I would serve good tea in fancy china.

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

Buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, rocket, parmigiano, lots of garlic oil and a bit of sea salt, that's the perfect pizza... Although I like spinach and gorgonzola, too...

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

Depends, I completely adore London, although it can be a bit loud and hectic after a while. Also, I really do like San Francisco, it has a unique charm and a great atmosphere. Actually, though not really a big city, my favorite is possibly Naples in Florida, if I could, I would definitely move there.

What is the worst book you have ever read?

Some years ago I was persuaded to read a book called Twilight. It was completely dreadfully written horseshit without a plot and without any sense. Gave me the shudders. Unfortunately, two or three years later someone thought it was a good idea to turn all that crap into a movie (excuse me 5 movies...), go figure.

Gregor


Account Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I want to be able to fly.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

1. Fly into space
2. Make a pilot license
3. Cross the alps on my bicycle

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Yes, absolutely!

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

I did a worldtrip as backpacker after I graduated from school.

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

The Lion King. (Was the very first movie I saw in the cinema)

Henry


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Turning into any element

What is the worst air travel experience you have ever had?

Shortly before a flight back home from Kiew, I was sitting on the bus going to the plane - a voice suddenly said: "We are sorry, due to some defects your flight will be delayed..." The Bus took another round on the airfield and then drove back to the same plane... Again the voice: "Everything's fixed now..." No further complications, but mixed feelings while on the plane..

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

MacGyver (today complete crap) and The A-Team

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

Ham, onions, pineapple, tomatoes, mushrooms and A LOT OF CHEESE.

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

OVER (nothing else should be legal)

Ibrahim


Senior Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Take a random sock, and any next sock I pick up will immediately turn into its counterpart, Otherwise: The ability to turn the music in my head into notes.

Which three items would you take on a deserted island?

Toothbrush and toothpaste, a Wilson Volleyball and a boat

Favorite TV-Show when you were a kid?

Frasier

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To Egypt and see how the pyramids were built

What is your dream car?

A 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

Iryna


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Affect probability. For example, I could win money in state lottery for everyday life. Although there is always enough independent life events that nobody could effect.

What band would you camp out all night to get tickets to see?

(Any band, even those that don't exist anymore) - Michael Jackson. No band but a singer.

If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?

Something like... mixed reality software engineering with psychology target.

What was the last book you read?

Let me tell you by Jorge Bucay.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

The possibillity is huge. There are around two to three trillion planets in our galaxy.

Johanna


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Super Intelligence

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Baalbek, Lebanon and San Francisco, U.S.

How long is your daily way to work?

5 minutes by bike or 10 minutes by car

What was the last book you read?

Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed

For you, what is the best way to spend a Sunday?

Play soccer and win

Katja


Office Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

This is no comic-inspired superpower though, but it would be great to live in a parallel world of wizards (like in Harry Potter). Just being a normal wizard.

iOS or Android?

According to my creative background I made my decision long ago and won’t change it anym… oh, wait a moment, Siri is calling.

If you could choose freely, where would you want to live and how? (Treehouse in the Rainforest, Igloo in Greenland...)

In a cottage in south France not far from the sea, raising horses and breeding rare vegetables. With a quirly pack of Parson Russell Terriers and olive trees in the garden. Welcoming friends with fine food and wine. Something like that.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

In the name of the moon, I will defeat you! Sailor Moon.

What book can you read over and over again?

Pride and Prejudice or maybe Effi Briest. There is a certain disposition towards heartache stories of women caught in social constraints.

Konrad


Chief UX/UI Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I'd go for super speed. I'm too often in a hurry and running out of time so I'd definitely benefit from this superpower.

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

Melbourne. I fell in love with the city during my studies. Melbourne combines beautiful beaches with a multicultural environment and the relaxed Aussie lifestyle.

How long is your daily way to work?

It's just 6 km and I try using the bike or longboard as often as possible. I'm kind of a fair-weather rider, so on rainy days I prefer the warm and dry refuge of my car.

What is your dream car?

A 1960 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

Knight Rider for sure, and this has nothing to do with the stereotype attraction of Germans with The Hoff. The list of KITTs features is long and I'd love to have a chat with my van while on the road.

Lisa


Senior Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I'm Animal-Vegetable-Mineral-Woman, but please don't tell anybody!

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

E 033° and W 069°, or less cryptic Cyprus and Curaçao. That's probably not impressive, but between these longitudes are over 30 countries that I've visited in the last years.

What is your dream car?

I can't decide between an Audi A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TFSI and a Ferrari F12 6.3 V12 Berlinetta...

What was the last book you read?

"A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons"

What is your usual bedtime?

I'm a night owl, so usually it's "too late"

Malte


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would like to be able to fly.

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

If the dog doesn't have the toilet paper it stands on the heater.

How many passwords do you have memorized?

One to rule them all!

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs – I liked the idea of living across the universe and experience adventure out there.

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

I like the classic one the most. Tomato sauce, mozzarella, a little Parmesan and basil.

Marco


Business Development (Italy)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

the power of not being hit by silly people.

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Galles point, Alaska (W); East Cape, Te Araroa, New Zealand (E)

If you could choose freely, where would you want to live and how?

Woodhouse - Grand Teton, Wyoming

What is your dream car?

FIAT 600 Multipla, 1957.

For you, what is the best way to spend a Sunday?

Climbing 4000m tops in Berner Oberland

Niklas


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

It would be pretty awesome to teleport. On a rainy day just teleport to Hawaii and enjoy the beach. Additionally no more waiting for trains or getting into traffic jams seems to be pretty cool .

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

New York and Boston are both really nice. New York is definitely too loud to live there, but it was awesome to be there for a week. There is so much to do and to see in both cities.

How many email addresses do you use on a regular basis?

Right now I am using four. One personal address, the second one is my "spam"- address and used for competitions and registration at websites i don't trust in. The third one is from the university and the last one for work.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Sure, if the universe is endless there must be an endless number of options. So why shouldn't there exist another planet with life.

What was the last book you read?

I know I'm really late, but I read the series of "A Song of Ice and Fire" and just finished the second part. I made the big mistake and started with the tv series before reading the books.

Ronny


Senior Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Time Travel

What is your favorite Candy?

My favorite is dark chocolate with cocoa percentage 95 and greater. My special dealer provides me chocolate with 100 percent cocoa - no more ingredients.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Yes, I believe it. But I don't think that the human race will discover a planet with intelligent species in my lifetime.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

Is....Bugs Bunny with Speedy Gonzales and/or Road Runner.

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over, so you don't have to grabble the paper from the wall.

Sebastian


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Definitely Flying!

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

1.Travel to New Zealand
2.Go to space
3.Own a cat or two!

If you could choose freely, where would you want to live and how?

In Rivendell, but with electricity and a good internet connection.

Where do you believe you were before you were born?

Exactly where I will be when I'm dead.

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

A BlendTec Blender!

Sebastian


Software Test Assistant

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

My superpower would definitely be "mind control" or something really extraordinary: "understand women".

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Oh dear, must be 2 years ago.

How many passwords do you have memorized?

I can't remember names at all, but I can tell you about 40 passwords offhand.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

I love Bud Spencer and Terence Hill movies. All of them, no exception.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Of course, there are simply too many planets for it to be otherwise.

Steffen


Business Development (North America)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Flight. I love to see the “big picture” wherever I go.

iOS or Android?

Android. iOS is better but not worth the price difference.

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

The original “Snow White”. When presented in its time it was a giant innovation, and a giant risk for Walt Disney.

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

Last month, when I went backpacking in the Marin Headlands.

What is your dream car?

The ideal car for me would have a propulsion system inspired by the Chevrolet Volt, a Mercedes “S” class interior, BMW “Mini” connectivity, designed by Porsche, and sold the Tesla way.

Thomas


Project Manager

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to tearfully dispose of your favorite sneakers or shirt, because it’s battered and the signs of wear can’t be ignored anymore? If I can choose one superpower it would be the ability to make them look like fresh out of the box, shiny and new again. Wouldn’t that be great, huh? Call me the Devintagizer! Remembering everything that you have ever read would be also a cool superpower, sure - but c’mon I’m talking about sneakers here.

What was the last book you read?

"Effective Modern C++" by Scott Meyers. Every serious C++ developer should have this and his books "Effective C++" and "More Effective C++“ on his "have-to-read“ list. And of course "C++ Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines and Best Practices“ (Herb Sutter, Andrei Alexandrescu). Your PM and Software Quality Engineer sure would be so thankful if you do - preventing him from loosing his mind or getting grey hair.

What should they have taught you in school but didn’t?

How to Moonwalk! It still looks ridiculous when I practice in front of the mirror.

If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?

I would invent a collision detector for cell phone users. Nowadays a lot of people are staring at their phones while walking in the streets, risking to collide with people or other obstacles. In this case, a collision detection system build into your phone would be very helpful to warn you when you're about to hit something in your way, right? Call me if you have a lot of money and would like to burn it.

iOS or Android?

iOS of course - I don't get the question.

Verena


Software Engineer

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would choose teleportation. Then I would spend my lunch break somewhere else every day. In this way, I would surf the whole world ;o)

What band would you camp out all night to get tickets to see?

Clearly the Ramones. It would be great to see them (a)live again.

How many emails are sitting in your inbox?

Currently... too many ;o) I should clean up urgently.

When was the last time you turned your cell phone off (not just on silent)?

That's a thing that I do every night, unless it needs to be recharged.

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Yes, of course. It's hard to imagine that we should be alone in this or another inconceivably large universe. And... everything is possible.

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