Iris Adä: one of the last to join the team (again). She quickly changed her name to be first on this list. She is responsible for the data generation and many of the time series nodes in KNIME and the only one with taste in the team.
Christian Albrecht: quickly changed his name from "Aalbrecht" to avoid getting in trouble with Iris. He is the one who plays with all browsers on all operating system 1982 and newer to make sure our WebPortal also works in the future.
Julia Arroyave: we needed a new team assistant and when Julia mentioned where she comes from, we didn't dare not hire her. Plus we still needed someone from Colombia on the team (and someone who actually knows how to spell Colombia correctly...).
Michael Berthold: arguably the author of the first line of KNIME code and the fearless scientific leader. He is also the one who keeps adding features to already closed release lists (which others then have to implement).
Mallika Bose: we weren't quite sure if we should really add someone to the team who is just two dots away from being böse but then we thought: what the hell, she fits in so well! Plus KNIME can use a bit of an evil touch, especially when it comes to our social media activities.
Roland Burger: we had to teach those Berlin guys a bit of real German - so we snuck a Swabian accent into the office. Roland is helping us bring KNIME to a screen near you.
Convincing Peter Burger to join the team was hard. But in the end we cracked that nut, too. If you add an "e" to his bike, he will happily bike to the KNIME offices (and even more delightedly back home!). And suddenly we have a happy Peter taking care of all our IT needs.
Marc Bux: Mark claimed there can only be one Mark. So we made sure he is a Marc before we hired him. There is a non zero likelihood that the last remaining first line of code will soon be replaced by (his) faster one.
Temesgen Dadi: every now and then we hire someone who comes from another university group than that Berthold gang at Konstanz University. But we don't stray far, Temesgen spent a lot of time in Knut's group at FU Berlin gathering lots of bioinformatics expertise, which we will put to good use. With or without Knut's SeqAn nodes...
Rene Damyon: we finally found an addition to our server team. We had to fly him in from Down Under (ok, not quite but it sounds better that way) and he knows way too many shocking details about weird animals but luckily he left those at home (or makes us believe he did).
Jason Denzin: The man who actually does make the perfect pizza (when it comes to shape, at least). But also someone who really enjoys instrumenting journeys which is something we desperately needed. The fact that he is based in Austin and doesn't seem to mind traveling to Konstanz for the harvest is another plus.
Christian Dietz: the man behind the Image Processing Extensions (together with Martin) and one of the prime reasons why the community is so strong in this area. Unfortunately, his weakness for terrible German soccer teams makes him the victim of many obvious jokes, too.
Tilman Eberle: it all started with a big misunderstanding. We thought we were talking to a marketing guy from Google. It turns out Tilman is a tango dancer from Doodle. But we brought him on board anyway because he originally comes from the neighboring village to Christian's and fortunately he does know a thing or three about marketing after all.
Lioba Eberspächer: a book keeper with a hobby: book keeping (no kidding she keeps the books for some friends on the weekend). It cannot get any better so Michael even forgave her for parking her car on his spot on her first day (although it's still unclear if he only didn't scratch it because her car is already pretty scratched).
Emil: our tireless, 24/7 email coach. Christian wishes the VfB had such professional coaching.
Jim Falgout: the man behind our Austin office and the one who truly knows how to distribute machine learning algorithms efficiently - long before Spark. We are counting on him to also bring some Cajun (and Texan BBQ) influence to the increasingly international cooking skills at KNIME (no, we are not calling it "fusion" cuisine).
Alexander Fillbrunn: he is still partially responsible for the PMML integration, didn't quite get turned into a bioinformatician during his time at the university, and is now getting involved in solving interesting problems together with our users. Some time ago he wanted to be a Berliner but on the way there got stuck in Stuttgart which, for once, has nothing to do with the local only so-so inspiring soccer team.
Scott Fincher: our number 3 in Texas - who has data science written all over him. We had to pull him over from the daRk side, but it only took a few days to turn him into a KNIMEr.
Heather Fyson: she makes us a truly international, multi-continental team, is the heart&soul behind our events and makes sure we use the real English!
Thomas Gabriel: arguably the author of the other first line of KNIME code and responsible for everything. He is not writing code anymore because he has to make sure that der Laden läuft. And he does!
Albert Gashi: bringing in external expertise on how to scale ain't easy. For everybody involved - the one with the expertise, and all the others who don't really know what to expect. Especially with our business model, customer focus is much more than just optimizing some numbers. Even though we still suspect the main reason for Albert to join KNIME was the opportunity to go nuts on the German Autobahn more often, he also has a great sense for community, sustainable growth, and local beer.
Sebastian Gerau: rough. We needed a DevOps guy (no, nobody really knows what that means - but we knew we needed one!). But then this guy applied, but couldn't care less for baseball. Worse, he almost even went for a pro career in American Football. We decided to ignore that flaw and hire him anyway.
Daria Goldmann: with Sabrina and Martin competing over who wins the Altstadtlauf we needed someone for Thomas to try to catch up with. Looking for fast life science data scientists wasn't easy but we finally got lucky in Southern France. We later realized Daria wasn't actually French but Oleg was happy about us adding a fellow Russian to the team.
Jeff Gullick: number 002 in our Austin office and another one with real life big data experience. And finally someone with a useful hobby: we are looking forward to the first edition of KNIME Texas Bourbon coming out of his distillery. He will need to trade in his dogs for a couple of cats before Rosaria comes to visit the Austin office, though!
Moritz Heine: it's unclear to him and us if we hired him for his coding or his baking skills. His Brezelstangen are outstanding but Thorsten loves him for his Git nodes.
Stefan Helfrich: we were a bit reluctant to hire another person from the bio imaging community but he convinced us that he is open to working on interesting problems, too. He will be handling our academic alliances and making sure our research projects stay on track (we do also participate in non bioimaging ones, no matter what Christian says).
Benjamin Hemminger: after Christian, we swore we wouldn't hire another Swabian. Then we met Benjamin and found out that being a fan of terrible soccer teams is not a must if you are from Stuttgart. Lucky us, because he brings along much needed expertise with larger analytics projects and knows how to sensibly match inhouse resources to outside demand. And with a bit of luck he can help Christian with his obsession, too.
Martin Horn: if we ever want to open a KNIME office in one of the more dangerous corners of the world, Martin will take vacations to bike there. But until then, he is doing great work on authenticating food and decoupling workflows from editors.
Mathilde Humeau: we've tried hard to bring Italian cornetto con crema into our offices. No success. All we ever end up with are gigantic "croissants". We always suspected they weren't the real thing so we brought Mathilde on board to monitor the quality of our morning pastries - in her spare time she also makes sure our customers remain happy, of course.
Lindsay Jones: it took a while for the idea to ripen in her mind but ultimately she caved in. Two years after we first met Lindsay at Data Days Texas she has finally joined KNIME and is now in charge of everything and more that has to do with our Austin office - and we have a hunch she will be data mining the hell out of our events data soon, too.
Christiane Kallfass: an event manager (almost) with a Knall. We just couldn't say no. And she practices "cardio tennis" (apparently a synonym for martial arts yoga) which will ensure this is the last time anyone makes fun of her last name.
Svenja Keller: after Julia decided that she likes organizing events much more than organizing an office occupied by a bunch of geeks, we needed to find someone with even stronger nerves. We figured a Pokemon Go Player Level 40 should just about do! We (ok: some of us...) are looking forward to having our very own Office Pokestops soon.
Maria Khomych: it's ironic if you mess up the interview process of the person you are trying to hire to get better at hiring. Fortunately, Maria saw that as an opportunity and is now in charge of hiring at KNIME! You can keep ignoring inbound recruiter requests - but if Maria reaches out to you, you’d better reply! Plus, she is the first one who discovered the KNIME secret on day #1 of the onboarding with just one sharp question (Jim took years...).
Tobias Kötter: ponders bisociative creativity support and is heading our big data development. And yes: er ist ein Berliner!
Greg Landrum: the second one who knows something about chemistry. He worries about open source cheminformatics in his other life and about Life Science, Guided Analytics and KNIME in this one.
Ben Laney: Oklahoma. What is it with this place? We keep getting people from there who end up being a tad unconventional (put nicely in Phil's case, at least) and just fit in perfectly. Ben has touched the ground running at high speed and has contributed a number of cool nodes and even cooler visualizations to KNIME already. Plus, he likes baseball and really couldn't care less for local soccer. He claims that's not true but he is just trying to be polite, Christian!
Björn Lohrmann: our first real Berliner, born, bred, raised, and brought on board here! But he is also part of the other B-team, working on Big Data, Big Clusters, and Big Clouds.
Mihály Medzihradszky (call him Medzi): instead of opening an office in Budapest we brought the best of Budapest to Konstanz. Medzi does know how this "sales" thingie works but gets along with geeks, too. We just had to bring him on board.
Thorsten Meinl: the man behind the KNIME build machine. He is also responsible for the chemistry extensions and is the only one on the team who believes Genetic Algorithms work.
Kathrin Melcher: the newest member of our evangelism team, adding lots of math expertise to the mix. Rumors have it that she keeps getting speeding tickets on lake Constance but we are still trying to get to the bottom of this.
Adrian Nembach: another one from the KNITA switches sides (probably only because he finally wanted to move downstairs). After finishing his master’s at Konstanz University, Adrian accepted the challenge to continue to create great science but explain it to real people - and now in less than an hour and without having everybody’s brains pop!
Peter Ohl: arguably the one who wrote yet another first line of KNIME code. The man behind the increasingly magical File Reader node and the only one who has a hunch about book keeping.
Mark Ortmann: was recently rescued from a career in science where he focused on analyzing graphs with up to 4 nodes until all edges broke loose. We will make use of this background to strengthen the network analysis integrations for now - but who knows what piques his curiosity later on...
Cynthia Padilla: number 4 of our Austin team. After a long day of interviews she came in, and after 5 minutes we knew we just had to get her! We are looking forward to having her add her experience and awesome attitude to the customer care team.
Masoud Panshiri: after we realized Maarit isn't actually from Sweden we brought on board Masoud. We also needed an experienced account manager and a fan of a serious soccer team: Union Berlin.
Martyna Pawletta: someone who has experience with workflows _and_ pipelines doesn't exist? We did not accept that answer and we were right! Martyna unfortunately understands the construction workers outside of our Berlin office but fortunately knows lots more about cheminformatics than most of us ever needed to know.
Marten Pfannenschmidt: the newest member of our Berlin office, strengthening our data science skills. Plus he has experience with some of the other dinosaur software which may come in quite handy.
Davin Potts: no words needed here. Davin has been a KNIME fan before KNIME even started and has played some sort of a role since the beginning (most consistently as the local beer delivery guy). It's great to have him finally onboard regularly again.
Jeany Prinz: spending too much time in the Phoenix sun ain't good for Germans. So we gladly offered Jeany the opportunity to move back to good old (and gray) Germany and strengthen our Life Science team at the same time. If you struggle with her first name, just rub your nose like Jeannie (and if you don't get that reference you are too young (and watching the wrong series)).
Sabrina Reiner: the other good soul in Konstanz and the one who does not only enjoy finance but is also good at it. Oddly enough, besides that passion and skill, she laughs a lot...
Michael Respondek: what's the best qualification for someone who is supposed to help our users with our software? Someone who used to be a user himself. Michael is just that and even though he refused to change his name, we hired him nevertheless, and convinced him to go by Micha to avoid total confusion. The pun on a support engineer having a name that rhymes with response & desk is too lame to add here.
Casiana Rimbu: hiring someone from Transylvania is always a bit risky. However, we thought: no risk, no designer eye. Watch out for a new, artistic (maybe at times a bit reddish?) look of the KNIME videos. We just hope that she didn't lie when she said the other eye is focused on science...
Thomas Rosenau: number 3 of our JS Dream Team with the most experience - and not only in terms of JS but apparently he also knows lots about possible cracks in pizza ovens and a little bit too much about coffee quality. Expect to see very tasteful visualizations come to a KNIME workflow near you soon. (His name change application to "Thomas Schuster" has already been submitted so that proper order - at least within the JS Dream Team - can be restored).
Jakob Schröter: number 2 of our JS Dream Team and the one who contributed before even starting by connecting us with Julia (who ended up joining before him in the end...). He needs to work on his pool skills, though. We can't have him block the table for hours just to sink the first ball.
Rosaria Silipo: has been mining data all her (professional) life (since 2006 using KNIME, of course) and is now mining for KNIME, too. If you ever wondered who that voice on the 1000+ KNIME videos belongs to...
Kristin Singwitz: after Konstanz got one, Berlin wanted one, too. Every office needs a heart and we brought our Berliner heart all the way back from Bonn (or was it Frankfurt?). Kristin makes an impact by adding the type of touch to the office where you don't really know why it feels wonderful until you start noticing all the little details behind (and sometimes in front of) the scenes. Most of us are still wondering who does eat raw zucchini.
Hayley Smith: the fights between Heather and Phil about the proper way to use English were getting old. Hence we decided to add some spice to it by throwing in a touch of real English from the other side of the world. Our marketing activities can only benefit from that, too. Wait for those videos with a New Zealand-ish accent ("plätform")...
Paolo Tamagnini: adding to the Italian team, we had to add Rome to the mix. Now Rosaria, Vincenzo, and Paolo can explain to the rest of us where the best pasta, wine, and sugo comes from. And Paolo can explain to everybody at KNIME what beautiful and useful visualizations have in common.
Kilian Thiel: the other bisociative thinker and responsible for our partner program. Plays ping pong with Tobias (which makes him a Berliner, too) and is responsible for the Text Mining extensions.
Paul Treichler: San Francisco, Boston, Austin - what's missing? Someone from New York City - so when we ran into Paul it was obvious we had to find something for him to do at KNIME and it turns out he knows lots about partners and how to make them happy. Way more importantly, he is a hard worker in the vineyard! Let's see how long he lasts, though. Starting a conversation about the perfect pizza with Vincenzo and Rosaria on day #1 might have been a mistake.
Vincenzo Tursi: the newest and youngest KNIMEr. Enthusiasm coupled with Italian humor, we just couldn't resist. Watch out for a different type of Italian accent in our videos soon...
Jason Tyler: we would have hired him just because he makes his own beer andhis entire neighborhood enjoys the clouds from his Smoker (even though he uses pellets, which came as a bit of a shock to all of us). However, he also knows about the IT type clouds which is the official reason why we brought him on board.
Tobias Sørensen Urhaug: nobody believed us that it's not just the Germans who add weird clutter to their letters so we had to add someone from Norway to the team. Conveniently he writes seriously cool code but there is a risk that we will loose him to the Norwegian National Soccer team soon. Bernd claims it's funny that he writes test driven code. The rest think it's cool.
Ana Vedoveli: coming to us from near Reutlingen (but originally from a bit farther away), it was obvious we had to bring her on board (to Peter and Michael, at least). Ana is another great example of what curious minds can bring to KNIME - she has quickly gotten up to speed and is now instrumental in our instrumentation efforts, helping everybody get just the right insight into our data.
Alison Walter: everybody gets depressed in Konstanz around November. Not Alison. However, the rest of the year she complains that the weather here is too nice. We might have to open up an office in Northern Wisconsin after all, just to keep her happy. Alison - did you notice? No mentioning of cats!
Corey Weisinger: when Corey applied from Detroit we worked hard to convince him that hot, humid weather most of the year and ice rain for the rest is actually fun (we may have phrased it just a tad differently, though...). We have a hunch he will relocate to Konstanz soon, now that he has found out that biking to the Austin office isn't "ideal" under either condition.
Maarit Widmann: for someone who likes winter, moving from Finland to Konstanz seems an odd move. I guess it shows how much she enjoyed KNIME (or maybe it's just her husband's stuck here?). You'll see more from her (mostly during summer, though) in our online courses and other education material.
Phil Winters: the oldest (by far) on the team. But also the one who actually knows how to really mine data. 'Cuz he's been doing it for ages!
Bernd Wiswedel: the one who likely did write the first line of code and still understands it. Bernd claims he does not kill ducks with his bare hands and is the man behind all of the data handling in KNIME.