CTO and Founder of Locatee AG

Current

Locatee provides efficiency solutions for dynamic workspaces and helps to reduce real-estate costs of large firms. Companies increasingly establish the dynamic workplace of the future. Employees do not have a assigned desk anymore and can choose their workplace according to their specific needs, a collaborative one when teamwork is needed or a quiet one when deadlines are due. This workspace organisation allows to reduce office spaces use, and thus reduce the companies’ real estate expenses. However, it has been identified that it is hard to quantify the actual occupancy rate of the office space. In addition, in such a dynamic workplace, employees spend more time looking for their co-workers than in a classical office organization with fixed desks. Locatee aggregates the login information from employee’s notebook and presents it to the facility management for occupancy analysis. Furthermore, the technology allows the employees to locate their co-worker and quickly see whether they are available for collaboration or not.

Product Owner and Head of Consumer Apps at Dacuda AG

September 2013 – March 2015

Dacuda is a Swiss software company offering low-cost digitization technology based on real-time image processing and computer vision. Dacuda’s patent pending, proprietary SLAM Scan® technology enables fast data entry of text and images, instant editing, as well as easy sharing of contents. From September 2013 until July 2014, I was Product Owner for our B2C applications. From July 2014 until March 2015, I was responsible to bring Dacuda’s 3DAround app, showcasing their SLAM Scan 3D technology, to the iOS App Store.

IT Analyst at UBS AG

February 2011 – January 2013

After I finished my studies with my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, I joined UBS Investment Bank in Zurich as IT Support Analyst. Our team managed and supported the trading infrastructure for the Fixed Income trading desk. My projects and responsibilites covered various topics:

Application support for repo trading applications (inhouse developed, Sungard Martini and ION Trading):

  • analysing incidents and user questions, identifying root causes, escalating to development teams
  • coordinating tasks and duties in the team during critical incidents
  • identifying and eliminating recurring complex and error-prone manual tasks
  • planning and implementing architecture changes and maintenance work (Martini MessageServer/CacheManager architecture, ION Trading market connectivity and MMI.NET trading frontend upgrades)
  • HP OpenView monitoring solution
  • ServiceNow and BMC Remedy ticketing systems
  • middle ware technologies such as Tibco/RV
  • Citrix MetaFrame/XenApp

Onboarding of inhouse developed applications:

  • onboarding the support and development of un-maintained/legacy applications and application prototypes
  • identifying legacy applications, defining an action plan (decommission, keep or build strategic solution)
  • writing support and development documenting, training support teams
  • BCP planning
  • logging and monitoring

Training and documentation:

  • providing training to new joiners and team colleagues in Zurich, London, Tokyo and Singapore
  • documenting applications, known issues and workarounds

Software Development:

  • Onboarding inhouse developed applications into Maven/Nexus, building a generic Maven archetype
  • Maintenance and performance improvements of existing ION MarketView Java trade and analytic servers and MMI.NET C# Trading frontends
  • Perl, Shell (Bash) scripting and SQL queries for data analysis, monitoring and maintenance

Other responsibilities and skills:

  • Awareness for security, compliance, segregation of duties and business continuity issues
  • Understanding of the fixed income repo and securities lending business (security static, pricing, positions, the role of the repo desk within the bank, up- and downstream systems)
  • understanding the needs of the users/traders, specifying improvements and enhancements
  • effectively communicating with traders and IT, bridging IT and business terminologies
  • coordinating work with other teams
  • strong organizing skills

IT System Engineer at ETH Zurich

November 2007 – January 2011

While studying Electrical Engineering, I worked part time (at a 20% to 50% pensum) as IT System Engineer at the Educational Development and Technology (LET) department of ETH Zurich. My work included:

  • administration and maintenance of up to 30 servers: HP and Dell servers, RedHat Enterprise Linux 4, 5 and 6
  • automated remote deployment of new servers with Puppet
  • maintenance and support of our VMware vSphere environment and blade center.

In addition to that, I was managing a project where we deployed SSL certificates to all employees of our departement to facilitate secure digital communication, and I was concerned with the overall security of our IT infrastructure. During my time at LET, I contributed to the security of our server environment. By developing tools to automate deployment and management tasks, I was able to reduce operational risk and scale our infrastructure more easily.

During the time I studied at ETH, I also worked on projects of other departements at ETH Zurich as Software Engineer for Embedded Systems. Those two projects are described here:

IT System Engineer at EMS Chemie (Internship)

April 2007 – August 2007

In my internship at EMS Chemie, I was part of the core IT team. My project was to evaluate and test different intranet file search engines, to replace the outdated legacy system EMS Chemie was using. Initially, my supervisors had planned the whole 5 months to evaluate alternatives and expected me to hand in a written document of all alternatives with its advantages and disadvantages at the end of my internship. As I was progressing faster than expected, we revised the initial project plan. The evaluation phase could be shortened to three months. In the remaining two months, I led the negotiations with vendors and together with management we made the decision to licence Coveo Enterprise Search. In the last phase, I put the software into operation for a trial phase. Additionally, I trained the IT staff and provided documentation to maintain and extend the search engine. The result of my internship at EMS Chemie is an intranet file search engine that produces more accurate search results, with reduced licence costs.

Military service, Swiss Army Band

July 2006 – December 2006

Right after graduation from high school, I served in the Swiss Army Band as Clarinettist.

Read also about my education.