Co-Founder & CTO
Michael started his career at Germany’s first mobile payment startup Paybox developing scalable realtime transaction systems before working several years for Deutsche Telekom in different senior roles, before joining VARGO. He holds a degree in IT from BA Stuttgart (sponsored by Hewlett Packard) and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. Michael is a board member of the German Startups Association.
Co-founder & CEO
The ties of IT and creative content have always been inspiring for Felix, in student jobs at film productions as well as professional trainings. Prior to VARGO, he held several senior positions for
G+J Publishing Group and Bertelsmann scaling major innovation projects. Felix holds MBA and MA degrees from Berlin Institute
of Technology and LSE/UK. He is associate lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin and an advisor to Fraunhofer Venture.
Business Advisor & Marketing
Sebastian is managing director of blackspark.digital, an agency
for digital branding, content & context, following a position as managing director of the well known advertising agency Saint Elmo’s. Throughout his career he has focused on digital content strategies and the opportunities of multichannel and -platform publishing. Sebastian holds a degree as Medienökonom (FH).
Co-founder & COO/CFO
Janis held senior M&A positions for Europe’s largest media company Bertelsmann in New York City and for Bertelsmann Music Group in Berlin before joining VARGO. He has a been a freelance IT developer in different roles for various corporations, prior to joining business school. Janis holds a master’s degree from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Falko Daub
Legal Advisor & General Counsel
Falko is a Counsel at Pusch Wahlig Legal, following 5 years as an associate advocate at White & Case LLP. He is a registered lawyer at the German Superior Court of Law where he worked 2 years before. Falko holds a PhD in law from Freie Universität Berlin
and an LLM from Victoria University of Wellington.
Prof. Dr. Adrian Paschke
Corporate Semantic Web Work Group, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin
Director Fraunhofer Focus Institute for Open Communication Systems, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Felix Sasaki
Language Technology Lab DFKI, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence,
Fellow & Technical Staff, The World Wide Web Consortium W3C
Prof. Dr. Ralph Ewerth
Digital Picture Processing and Media Technology Work Group, Jena University of Applied Sciences, Department of Information Technology