04.07.2011 Please connect with me with Google+ as I have moved my updates there.
02.04.2011 We recently launched Google Maps Navigation in Russia with a big media event. See some pictures here and a TV feature here. The Russian office is very well done, designed by the same architects that also did "my" home office Google Zurich.
19.11.2010 After years of work we finally launched Street View on Google Maps in Germany. What a project :)
12.08.2010 I again spent some time in Germany to explain Street View and the upcoming launch. TV clips here and here and here.
11.04.2010 A new feature in German TV on Street View, this time in "W wie Wissen". I enjoyed that particularly because I got the chance to explain some of the background of Street View.
23.02.2010 I recently spent time in Germany on helping explaining Street View to the public. Here some reporting, including some great blog coverage (fantastic how a citizen blog video adds value compared to regular reporting). Tagesschau aired it as well today.
29.01.2010 Two new TV features about Google I was involved in: In the German/French TV station Arte about "new work types" (minute 20+) and in the Swiss feature "10vor10" about the newest trends in the mobile Internet. Sorry all in German.
18.08.2009 Google recently launched street view in my new home country, Switzerland. Find an interview here with me where I explain the product and the benefits and a couple of launch pictures.
23.01.2009 A recent glance into my work at Google. We launched the Transit Layer on Google Maps in 50 cities globally as well as a new product page.
29.09.2008 When I joined Google I was very lucky to become product manager of a very successful project: Google Transit. I just returned from New York where we launched Transit at Grand Central station, together with the governor of New York, Marissa Mayer and the founders of Google. Some pictures, an article in the New York Times and some other mentions.
09.07.2008 We just had our wedding party, seriously the best party of our life.
06.06.2008 After 3.5 great years working with
Utimaco I felt that I wanted a change. I recently joined Google
as Product Manager and moved to Zurich in really the most exciting
office I've ever seen. I am working in the Geo group that
launched great products like Maps and Earth and works on all
sorts of technologies to make geo-information accessible and
is a glimpse at what I am currently working on.
27.04.2008 Finally, 11 years after I co-founded
the company, innominate was sold in a trade sale. The company
Innominate Security Technologies was based on our Open Source
product and services company we founded 1997. Congratulations
and good luck to the team!
16.03.2008 Got married :-). Good news, after
quite some time Andrea und I finally decided to get married.
21.01.2008 This week was very important for
me. We at Utimaco launched a new product SafeGuard LeakProof,
a significant milestone of my work of the last 12 months. It's
an important step towards a vision of granular, content-based
encryption and the management of risks associated with sensitive
corporate information falling into the wrong hands. You find
the press announcement here
and an article here.
21.10.2007 My former faculty at the Technical
University of Berlin is publishing a yearly book on Open Source
Software. Each year they highlight the latest resarch on OSS.
Now, they proudly announce that one of this year's authors is
actually among the winners
of the Economics Nobel prize. Well done.
19.10.2007 Long time no see :). I am actually
posting new photos only on Facebook. It's such a nice platform
to stay in touch with friends. If you want, join my network
28.09.2006 Last week, Thorsten Wichmann, the
founder of Berlecon Research,
died at the age of 40. I knew Thorsten for nearly ten years
and he was very instrumental in founding my company and later
also joined the supervisory board. Thorsten taught me many things
and I owe him a lot. He was one of the smartest guys I ever
met, while having a big heart and not taking himself too serious.
I will miss him a lot.
01.09.2006 Starting September 1st, I am heading
a new strategy team for Utimaco. Our goal is to implement a
new strategy by conceptualizing a new product vision for 2010,
shaped and verified with international key customers. A big
element will be to identify the right partner technologies to
implement our vision of "Data Security".
Lessig, expert for Internet Law at Stanford Law school, testifies
at the US congress on network neutrality. In his document, he
cites Barbara's work (see below). Congratulation, amazing achievement.
van Schewick, a former colleague at my research group at
the Technical University of Berlin, received a price for her
on "Economics of network neutrality". She demonstrates
that there is a threat for internet innovation without network
neutrality regulation, and that discrimination by the carriers
will reduce application-level innovation. Barbara is one of
the brightest talents I ever met when it comes to the intersection
of economics, computer science and law. Barbara wrote her dissertation
with my former Professor Bernd
Lutterbeck as well as Lawrence
24.07.2005 Utimaco, the company I am currently
working with, was ranked by Gartner, the worldwide leading IT
analyst company. In the "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data
Protection" we were ranked as the most "visionary"
company in our marketspace, and second best on "execution".
This clearly makes us one of the global leaders in our market.
This is a huge success, especially because typically in these
reports US based companies dominate.
17.07.2005 I updated the "Profile"
section with a description
of my current role as "Innovation and Corporate Business
Development Manager" at Utimaco Safeware AG.
20.03.2005 Update on the entry from the 10th
of March: Two more open source service providers recently received
VC funding: Spikesource
and Openlogic. Spikesource
got money from Kleiner Perkins.
10.03.2005 History repeating? There is a latest
wave of funding for Open Source service companies. They act
as intermediators between Open Source innovation and the enterprise
world. One of the companies is Optaros.
It literally looks like a clone of my company in the early 2000s:
Same value proposition, same technology areas, similiar amount
of VC. From my experience I see two main challenges: (1) How
to build a scalable, sustaining business with a service model
combined with very low barriers to entry (2) How to keep the
necessary laser focus if you neither restrict yourself to industries
nor to specific technology areas.
09.03.2005 My former colleagues from the Technical
Unversity of Berlin published the Open
Source Yearbook 2005 (sorry, mostly in German). Like last
year it is an complex and inspiring "snapshot" of
the latest Open Source developments. My respect for the high
quality of the contributions and the authors. One must not forget
that the project is mainly run by a student team, coached by
experienced researchers. Also my compliments for the innovative
teaching methods: How can education be more motivating and practical?
15.02.2005 It's exciting to see how much my
work on Open Source Business models spread in the last 2 years.
Have a look here
ETH Zurich also lists it.
05.01.2005 Happy new year! Just a few links:
For anybody interested in the tech entrepreneur / VC scene I
can very much recommend these blogs: Jeff
Nolan, TJ, Ross
Mayfield. I read them frequently.
03.10.2004 I found a very nice quote from
an INSEAD alumn about the INSEAD experience: "The uniqueness
of INSEAD is that you learn how to live, work, argue and have
fun with people from a different galaxy (François Hériard-Dubreuil,
MBA '75). I really like the quote because it sums up a lot of
the grateful feelings I have for the year at INSEAD.
01.10.2004 Since 1st of August I have a new
position as "Innovation- and Business Development Manager"
at Utimaco, a public software
company and one of the global market leaders in mobile security.
My key task is to identify new growth opportunities.
05.07.2004 The MBA experience at INSEAD finally
is over. At the beginning of July we received our diplomas and
are now offically "Masters of Business Administration"
;-). It was an amazing year, with lots of work, learning and
fun. I will especially miss the diverse, interesting and outgoing
colleagues. A participant has blogged her experience here,
very worthwile reading.
16.03.2004 The "Open Source Jahrbuch
2004" is published. In this book my former research colleagues
at the TU Berlin give a comprehensive overview about the latest
development in the Open Source sector. In my article I describe
the development of Open Source business models. You can download
a PDF-Version or order the book here
23.01.2004 Singapore pictures in the photo
10.11.2003 Included some pictures about the
MBA at INSEAD in the photo section.
The pictures are taken at the Fontainebleau/France campus. Since
I am going to Singapore in the beginning of January I will later
also include photos of the asia campus.
10.11.2003 The study about the the secure
use of mobile devices for the German ministry of interior had
a big impact. At the end of this
document you can read expert comments about our findings and
our work. Microsoft also gave comments.
04.08.2003 The german Ministry of Interior
decided to publish a press version of our project "Mobile
access to secure networks - solutions for the future".
In this study we examined the secure use of mobile devices in
the ministry. The project was one of my main tasks as project
manager at the TU Berlin. Here the press
release, the executive
summary and the study
(all in german). Update: The study has been
downloaded more than 2000 times in the first 24h hours. First
31.07.2003 My contribution for the "Open
Source Yearbook 2004" is published. In the paper
(german) I present an current analysis of Open Source business
models and how companies try to earn money with free software.
21.07.2003 Today I received news that the
INSEAD Gesellschaft Deutschland (IGD) is going to support my
MBA studies at INSEAD financially.