Tobias is a working student in Strategy and Business Intelligence at cliqz. He joined Cliqz in October 2013. Some of his daily tasks and achievements so far have been database analysis, and the removal of the kitchen door. Furthermore, Tobias supports Christian in daily tasks and issues. Another very important task of Tobias is to reduce the average age of company employees, by being the young chicken of the team.
Before Tobias moved to Munich for studying business and computer science at the Technical University of Munich, he lived in a small village in the south of Baden-Württemberg called Bahlingen which has the highest rate of sunny days in whole Germany.
To gather some practical experience beside his studies, Tobias enjoyed several internships in business development and sales at companies in the energy, internet, and technology sectors.
Britta recently made the move from Neuroscientist to UX Designer. A natural step (in her eyes), relating insights into human behaviour and brain mechanisms to online media. Originally from the town of Aachen − best summarized by an omnipresence of both Charlemagne and engineering students, Britta started studying Psychology at Maastricht University in 2003. Intrigued by the connection between brain activation and our interpretation of the world, she went on to do a PhD, researching the neural mechanisms underlying 3D visual object perception. During this time, aside from Neuroscience, Britta had the chance to extensively study cultural differences in bedtime hours and local cuisine between Coimbra (Portugal) and Maastricht University (‘the Weatherlands’). After having ‘tested’ life in South Africa and the US, Britta is now happy to have settled in Munich and has shifted her attention to ‘testing’ user experience to develop intuitive web interfaces that please the user’s vision, brain and Psyche.
Everything you need to know about JP's early life is summarized by the 1983 movie Wargames after which JP realized he was not alone. JP spent most of his formative years tinkering with early computers (mostly TRS-80s) and hooking them up with devices that were not made for them, connecting them with modems built from plumbing supplies and dipping circuit boards in acid in his teenage room. All this in order to try to illegally send bits at very low speeds (1200 bauds half duplex) over the nascent Internet. As telephone companies worldwide started to allow private people to send data over telephone lines, JP turned his attention to a nearly successful alternative rock career and studied philosophy and mathematical economics. Around 1994, Hubert Burda rescued him from a comfortable academic life and threw him in the wild waters of the early Internet where a few years later he became CTO and then CEO of Burda Digital. After almost successfully going back to his basement (building 3D printers), academia (studying massive data at Stanford) and his garage (tinkering with cheap old Italian cars), he founded cliqz and rejoined Burda as Chief Scientist.
Lucian is Front-end Engineer at cliqz. He is the guy who builds the fancy bridge between the ugly backend and the customers.
Passionate about computers, he loves IE and has experience on a series of web technologies. In his prior position (at Avast Software) he was in charge for building a security-related browser extension.
Lucian has a Master's degree in Software Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain and the Free University of Bolzano, Italy (Erasmus Mundus program) and a BEng in Computer Science at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania.
P.S: The IE part is a lie.
Michael is Project Leader Product and Operations at cliqz where he joined in February 2014. His professional life started 3 years earlier at McKinsey, consulting a bunch of quite different industries mainly on business development.
In his former life as academic, Michael went to Scotland not only to wear a kilt but to obtain a PhD in theoretical physics playing with Schroedinger's cat and other strange and cool quantum stuff.
Michael is quite happy living and working in his home town Munich, the most northern city of Italy: Skiing, Hiking, Sailing but also classic Opera are his favorite leisure activities.
Wajih is a cliqz Engineer, he joined cliqz in October 2013. Previously, he spent more than 4 years in Paris Île-de-France, doing his Ph.D with INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt and University Paris-SUD, where he worked on interactive content based image/object retrieval. Before the Ph.D. adventure he had a one year experience as assistant lecturer at ISI (Tunisian High School of Computer Science), after he got his Engineer and Master degree from ENSI (Tunisian National School of Computer Science). He is interested in multimedia content representation, retrieval, categorization and recognition. Wajih is also an arabic/oriental music player, likes classic, jazz/swing and gypsy music, and speaks Arabic, French and English.
Eva is the Head of Controlling at cliqz. Working closely with the board, Eva develops the accounting, controlling and reporting processes at cliqz.
Beside cliqz, Eva is also Commercial Executive and Controller at Burda Wireless, one of the cliqz-affiliated companies, where she is responsible for finance, controlling and Charity-SMS.
As Eva likes money and control, she also spent her previous years to work in the financial area with established companies like Burda Digital, Cyberlab and Lobilux.
Originally from Vienna, Eva has chosen Munich as her adopted home. In her spare time she likes reading books and watching crazy movies like The Walking Dead. And if she´s not juggling with figures, you will most likely meet her at a medieval fair.
Zhonghao is Data Scientist at cliqz. He likes to cook the data and turn them into down to the ground facts. Python and R are his favourite tools. He focused on disease prediction, biomarker detection and drug target development when doing his PhD in bioinformatics at LMU. That was also the time when he first arrived in Munich and starts to fall in love with the city and decided to turn it into his second hometown. Now he is ready to bring his passion for data to cliqz and to mine the hidden treasure inside the data. Of course, data is not the only thing he can cook. Coming from the country where people eat almost everything, he likes to spend time in the kitchen.
Ramona is our Team Assistant/Office Manager. She joined cliqz in February 2014 and takes care of the well being of our team members as well as the organisazion of the office.
Before cliqz, Ramona has worked in hospitality. After some time spent in a luxury hotel in crazy San Francisco she was happy to be back in 2012 and fell in love with Munich right away.
As the General Manager`s assistant she put all her passion for the hotel industry in the opening of a four star design hotel.
Originally Ramona is from a very small bavarian village with approximately 104 inhabitants.
In her spare time Ramona loves to enjoy and explore the nature on a horse back as well as going to all kinds of concerts and events with friends.
Furthermore she is always up for restaurant testing, although her taste sometimes seems to be a little bit weird, for example she loves nutella toast with meet...
Marc is a natural born optimist and knows that eventually everything will be good. He enjoys being challenged and has a constant desire to bend reality in our favor. Though, whenever he is not engaged in punching holes into the space-time-continuum, Marc is a very pragmatic dude: focusing his thinking on how to achieve the best possible product, how to continuously learn, and how to become more ambitious. He believes that everyone at cliqz should make one mistake each day as the only measurement that the team is working at the edge of technology. Marc also believes in learning something new every day. In fact he believes that cliqz is more of a university with a curriculum for outstanding talents and only is a company as a side effect. Before starting his own exciting curriculum as co-CEO of cliqz, Marc obtained a PhD in Information Technology at TU Munich, worked at McKinsey & Company as an engagement manager, and headed the Strategy and M&A department of the publicly listed Internet holding TOMORROW FOCUS AG.
Vasileios is passionate about programing and loves experimenting with different technologies. He has experience in building embedded systems, mobile and web apps. He has recently joined cliqz to dive into the Big Data area and extract knowledge that can be used as machine food.
Vasileios comes from Greece, while he spent the last three years in Cyprus working as a mobile developer and completing his Computer Science MSc in the University of Cyprus.
When he is not programing, Vasileios likes playing guitar, giving life to the binary melodies that are spinning in his head.
Humera joined the cliqz team as a Software Engineer in January 2014. She brings with herself a working experience of over 13 years in Machine Learning, Heuristic Search & Services, Perception and Content-based Data Retrieval.
Humera did her postdoc in 2011 at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems group at Technische Universität München (TUM). Her interests include Image Processing and Visual Perception. During her stay at TUM, she secured a 3-year DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) funding under their program on "German-Pakistani Research Collaboration" and led the project on "Context-Aware Perception for Assistive Intelligent Robots" – a joint venture between the universities of the two countries.
Humera did her PhD in 2008 with majors in Computer Vision and Image Processing (Object Synthesis, Recognition and Classification) from NED University of Engineering and Technology (NEDUET), Pakistan in collaboration with the Computer Vision Lab at University of Central Florida, USA.
A Computer Systems Engineer at her core, Humera brings in a teaching experience of over 11 years as an Associate Prof. She also served as a Co-chairperson at the departments of Computer & Information Systems Engg. and Telecommunications (Electronic) Engg. at NEDUET.
Piroska studied Anglo-Saxon and Slavic philology (in Pécs, Hungary). Being inspired by seminal science fiction literature such as Blade Runner and Neuromancer, she decided to do a PhD (in Tilburg, Netherlands) in a field that combines languages and AI: natural language processing.
After spending several years on training algorithms to understand what people do when they must talk to a machine, for example about train connections ("Computer, I never told you I wanted to go to Mügli am See! Restart again!"), or when they must sort zoology metadata into museum databases ("Computer, 'dead humid leaves' should be the finding place of this animal, not the cause of its death!"), Piroska decided to go back to her roots, and has taken up a position at the Research Institute for Linguistics (in Budapest, Hungary).
Sooner than she thought was she back to a multicultural setting, not being able to resist temptation to join cliqz as data engineer.
While at academia, Piroska's research areas were text mining, knowledge representation, discourse processing, and digital humanities. At cliqz, she loves diagnosing language patterns that reflect how users communicate with machines.
Dmitri is a software engineer at cliqz. Together with the team, Dmitri develops the core of the product and the architecture around it.
Prior to joining cliqz, Dmitri worked at a research center in Estonia focusing on social network analysis and machine learning.
Dmitri holds a MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Tartu.
He loves travelling and speaks five languages.
Dieter is Software Engineer at cliqz. He joined cliqz in September 2013. Some of his achievements were integration of new plugins to our core product. Dieter studied Technical Informatics in Konstanz, during his study he developed special affinity to the topics of artificial intelligence, developing neuronal models in MATLAB and creating/visualizing parsers. During his internship he got into Java and came to value its great ecosystem. Before joining cliqz, he worked as software engineer for Capgemini.
He is fluent in English, German and Russian.
Bogdan is Software Engineer at cliqz. He is responsible for implementing data processing pipelines and developing scalable solutions for ranking and classification problems.
Bogdan is a passionate Python hacker who loves to develop simple yet powerful code. His experience in software architecture and design enables him to implement clean APIs for data processing.
As J2EE Architect, Bogdan was involved in designing and implementing large scale enterprise solutions such as web portals, behavioral content personalization, semantic search and scammer detection.
Bogdan has a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the National University in Kiev.
Dávid is a software engineer at cliqz. He works on query and domain clustering and the machine learning techniques that make the search tick. He is also interested in NLP problems, especially in finite state methods.
Dávid comes from a mostly academic background. After a traumatic dive into the old-fashioned IT industry right after university, he spent 18 months as a research student in Tsukuba, Japan. Before cliqz, he worked in Institute for Computer Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, studying IR and NLP. He still has his PhD thesis before him.
Deep in his heart, Dávid is an open-source advocate, but too lazy to do any 'advocation' work. Instead, he settles for reporting bugs to the projects he cares for and taking part in Google Summer of Code when he can. In the rare cases he is not in front of a monitor, he likes to be in nature or cooking -- with various degrees of success.
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Little Robot has a strong background in computing. There is an ongoing debate in the team about how old he is, as he insists that counting should start at 0 and not at 1. His ancestral roots go back to Konrad Zuse, but he is a true world citizen and works on many continents. Sometimes Little Robot does multiple things at the same time – giving the impression there are actually multiples of him around. As he moves with nearly 300,000 km/s, he is our favourite for all kinds of errands. Since joining our company, he has developed a particular interest in log-file parsing, producing statistics with map-reduce, drawing graphs, and sending emails and reports to team members. He is firm in C, C++, Hadoop, and Elastic Search, but also likes to use Python on a regular basis. He usually works at night and supports the team with a range of transactional tasks. When the team comes to the office, he has usually already prepared all kind of statistics. However, he refuses all our social attempts with the answer “Connection refused while accessing social-API”. We therefore unfortunately never see him on our Friday “Drinks and Social gatherings”, office meetings, parties, Oktoberfest visits, sport events, at the coffee machine, joint breakfast or pizza in the office.
Stephie is the Head of Company Performance at cliqz. She joined cliqz in August 2013 and organizes the onboarding of new employees, trainings, company culture, measuring success, and career paths. Or in simpler words, she takes care that the whole cliqz gang is happy.
Before cliqz, Stephie has been with HackFwd, a preseed investment company, as Operations Geek, where she has been involved with the company since inception. She designed and produced all HackFwd events and supported the start-ups including the preparation and creation of contracts, legal and administrative requests.
Stephie began her career in team leadership and administration in the hospitality industry and spent seven years working in prestigious 5 star hotels. She left the hospitality world to join the internet company XING AG where she has been originally appointed as Assistant to the CEO and soon picked up additional responsibilities as Team-Leader of the Executive Office and Assistant to the Supervisory Board.
Stephie is originally from Marburg, has lived in Hamburg for 9 years and is a newbie in Munich. Her favorite sport is shopping.
Gábor is a theoretical linguist specialized in natural language processing (NLP) applications. He joined cliqz in July 2013 after spending four years at the Research Institute for Computer Science in Budapest, Hungary.
Among programmers, he's always referred to as the linguist, while among linguists he's always the programmer, and Gábor loves switching between these roles on a daily basis.
As an engineer at cliqz, he is responsible for tackling NLP tasks such as named entity recognition, morphological analysis, or content-based document classification.
Gábor is in the third year of his Ph.D. studies. His research interests include machine learning and the semantics of natural language.
His dream is to build a machine with a sense of humor.
Artem is a software engineer passionated about algorithms, competitions and appreciates the "true" hackers culture. He is in love with C++ and everything that has to do with scalability, performance and efficiency.
Artem doesn't like to be narrow-focused but tries to work with different technologies. It is fun for him and makes him thinking widely.
Artem has engineering and computer science degrees from two Moscow universities. Recently, he has earned a Master of Science in Computational Science at TUM.
Richard joined cliqz in March 2014 as Project Leader Product and Product Strategy. Before, he worked at McKinsey, consulting clients in e- and multichannel commerce as well as digitalization topics.
Earlier, being passionate about entrepreneurship, Richard engaged in building the entrepreneurship center at the University of Munich (LMU). During this time, he coached great start-up teams in bringing their products to life and also obtained his PhD in entrepreneurship. Especially working with all the aspiring entrepreneurs assured him that any objective is achievable – when at some time, one courageously actually takes the step forward to try and find out.
Richard is always excited by new gadgets and has fun in upgrading his home entertainment portfolio. When not consuming tv series and films via one of the available end devices, he plays soccer and tennis or is immersed in espionage novels or history documentations.
Although he prefers city and road trips through the USA, Richard will always try to convince others of his home region, the Bavarian Forest, as a viable and recreative vacation alternative.
Stefano is a Software Engineer at cliqz. He started his journey in computer programming when he was 8 years old on a Commodore 64, his first program still be stored on an audio cassette at his family house. His first PC, in early 90s, had an Intel DX2, 4 Megabytes of RAM and 512 Megabytes of harddisk space.
Stefano grew up in a little rural village near Viterbo, a medieval city nearby Rome. When he was 19 he moved to Pisa to study Computer Science. During this period he learned also to juggle.
In 2002 Stefano started to work as a part-time IT manager for a small University department. In 2010 he started to work on the Android platform on the first available Android phone in Italy.
Stefano likes american comics, watching tv series and films (a lately developed passion). You can easily find him at home watching a "Doctor Who" episode.
As you can see from his "physique du role" he also likes food a lot.
Michel is a Product Manager at cliqz. Given his love for technology and strive to create amazing things Michel will work with the backend and frontend to deliver a world class product. Michel has always been passionate about sports and aims to bring the company fitness to the next level. He is also most certainly a trendsetter: at a young age he introduced the rasta look to young Germans and revolutionized the whole hair market.
He holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance and a Bachelors degree in Management and Marketing. During his studies he had the opportunity to study in Australia and China. After five years of studying and eating lovely food in South East Asia and Oceania like chicken feet, insects and pig brain he joined cliqz in December 2013.
Saloua is a software engineer with a taste for machine learning and large scale image retrieval. She has spent the most of her studies in Tunisia where she has got her software engineering and master research degrees at ISI (High School of computer science). She was among the active community promoting Free Software in Tunisia. Saloua started her first professional experience during her master degree studies at Tritux as a Web Development Engineer. She went to France in 2007 for her engineering graduation project at INRIA. Since then, she has also worked in France during her master degree project period and she is now finishing her Ph.D. thesis on large scale supervised image retrieval through hashing methods at INRIA and Télécom Paris Tech University. Saloua worked also as an assistant lecturer at Université Paris Descartes in 2013.
Diana is Senior Product Manager News & Content at cliqz. She was also its very first employee —or, as a computer scientist might put it, cliqz’s number 0 employee. Diana works closely with the engineering team, from improving content sourcing, designing and testing new products, to soliciting and incorporating user feedback. Prior to cliqz, Diana worked in a range of positions in the entertainment industry. She started as an editor and eventually moved up to head producer for a daily infotainment program. During this time, Diana had fun interviewing stars like Jim Carey, Zoey Deschanel, and Jack Black.
The news has always featured prominently in her career.
Diana has a degree in Journalism and Communication Sciences from the Western University in Timisoara, Romania. In 1999, she came to Munich with an Erasmus scholarship and fell in love with the beauty of the region. Diana decided to stay and feed her passion for foreign cultures and languages by getting a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology at Ludwig Maximilian University.
Artem is a software engineer at cliqz.
He has accidentally come from the Ukraine to Germany for his Master degree. Here he has met a pretty women and decided to stay :)
Now he works at cliqz as a back-end engineer and as an Android guy. He enjoys working on cutting-edge technologies in passionate atmosphere supported by free-sweets and push-ups.
Just before cliqz he learned to "dislike" big corporations after working on a question-answering system in one of them. Before cliqz he was working as a mobile software engineer in Germany and as an augmented reality developer in Ukraine.
Believes in technical singularity and helps to make it happen faster. He actually wanted to be a genetic engineer to program living things, but not living things agreed to be programmed, so he does that with computers. During very dark nights he tends to program hard-core games.
Bernard joined cliqz in March 2014 as a software engineer. He is still studying at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb working on his Master`s degree in Computer Science. During his time at university he spent most of the summers with internships at several companies, for example he worked for CERN where he was building web and mobile applications. Lately he familiarizes himself with the field of Machine Learning which he finds very fascinating. When Bernard is not working he enjoys painting pictures, reading good books, watching movies or playing video games.
Eleni is part of the Engineering team at cliqz. Being 2 1/2 years in the company, she enjoys staying at the cutting edge of programming and has explored many new technologies with Android and iOS mobile development, NoSQL databases and Amazon Web Services.
After a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Eleni started her programming career in European Dynamics -- a Greek software company specializing in developing project-based software for the European public sector. After two years of pure Java development and countless pointless requirements, she started looking for a bigger challenge and that is how she found herself in cliqz with as many challenges as she can handle.
Currently, Eleni is pursuing an Executive MBA at the Technical University in Munich.
Sean is a software engineer and a user experience researcher. After working for several years as at the bottom of the technology stack, writing real-time and embedded software for medical devices, consumer electronics and telecommunications for clients across North America, he switched to the very top of the stack by studying Human-Computer Interaction, first during a masters at the University of Manitoba then during his PhD at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. As a User Experience Engineer at cliqz he is on the tech side of a crack design team who will not stop until our users are as delighted with cliqz as we are.
Elyse is a UX Designer specializing in intuitive, user-centric interfaces. Originally from Vermont, USA, she studied Narrative and Digital Art at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. After a series of odd jobs & adventures (including her first trip to Europe, the result of winning a nationwide costume design competition on the basis of her "bioluminescent jellyfish" entry) she found herself drawn to the thrilling startup scene in San Francisco, California. She spent a few years developing immersive promotional experiences at tech startup VideoEgg, then made another big shift - diving into the digital media scene in London, England as Senior Designer for Say Media. Elyse is delighted to have recently settled in Munich - a perfect compromise between the rolling hills of Vermont and the crowded streets of London - and enjoys the constant challenge inherent in learning German as well as in attempting to comprehend the myriad talents of her brilliant colleagues at cliqz. She's always up for an Apfelschorle or a game of Doppelkopf and looks forward to discovering all Germany has to offer… as well as shaking things up a little along the way.
Christian is Head of Strategy and Business Intelligence at cliqz. He joined cliqz in July 2013, as employee number 6. Some of his first achievements so far have been (i) market screening, supplier selection and hands-on implementation of a fantastic new coffee machine for the office, (ii) boosting overall team fitness by permanently talking about different sports and running/playing tennis with colleagues, and (iii) negotiating data agreements to ensure we have enough food to train our machine learning algorithms.
Coming from a small town in Rhineland-Palia (quote from a good friend from India: I think there lived more people in my apartment house in Mumbai than in your whole town.) he fell in love with Munich in 2005 starting his apprenticeship at Siemens AG and his studies in Business Administration.
Eager to learn how business in different industries and countries works, Christian joined McKinsey & Company in 2008. 3 years, 13 projects, 3 continents and multiple short/sleepless nights later, Christian started his MBA at Harvard Business School and graduated in May 2013 after two fabulous years.
Dragan is Engineer at cliqz. Thanks to his love for software tools and dynamic languages such as Git and Python and to his pragmatic approach to machine learning and probability, Dragan currently ensures that cliqz has efficient machine learning algorithms.
Dragan holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Financial Engineering.
He is interested in large scale machine learning, system programming, computer languages, cryptography, and many other related topics. In his spare time you might find him reading a book or practising sucking at table football.