We take you to the capital of Germany in this edition of “Meet A LiveIntenter”. Amidst the trendy, shared workspace community and unlimited craft beer on tap, is a team of hard-working technology innovators (or “nerds” as some of them like to say). Among them, is Christoph Bünte, Senior Manager, Software Engineering, who leads the team and is one of the most colorful personalities at the Berlin office.
What led you to LiveIntent?
I was the VP, Engineering at AVARI, which was acquired by LiveIntent in October 2015. It was a crazy ride at AVARI, but LiveIntent put it to a completely new level. Our company is fast paced and constantly changing for the better. I don’t regret a single day.
Has your perception about email changed since working for LiveIntent?
Email was a vehicle for me to send messages to people and have it synced on all my computers, phones and tablets. It keeps me connected to all my business contacts as well as my friends. It’s like a trusty friend that never goes away. (My inbox has been roughly about 11GB since 2006.) But seeing how LiveIntent makes use of that vehicle and turns it into a marketing machine has just been mind boggling.
How does your role as a Senior Manager of Software Engineering fit into the big picture at LiveIntent?
The team in Berlin tackles a lot of hard problems. We also innovate and develop smart solutions that make our customers happy. It wouldn’t be possible if I did it alone. I’m surrounded by incredible people that are all smarter than me – they are eager and they run fast. I’m just here to gently push them in the right direction so they don’t get off track.
Tell us about one of your proudest moments?
The proudest moment was when we took our very own image flattening service into production, and I saw it generating thousands of ads per second without breaking a sweat. It’s a great piece of technology that the Berlin engineering team built.
Best piece of advice someone has given you?
Niels Boldt from Team Copenhagen told me about the “11 second rule”. If you are having a conversation, resist the urge to barge in while the other person is talking. Instead, allow at least 11 seconds to pass and use them wisely to actually listen to what that person has to say. You will learn a lot about things you don’t know yet, and most importantly about yourself!
What’s your favorite device or gadget?
I don’t believe too much in gadgets as their lifespans tend to be rather short. I believe in sustainability and long living, quality tools like French Opinel knifes, Swedish handmade Gränsfors axes or Berlin made Askania wrist watches. I have all 3 of them…
What’s something exciting you’re working on?
I’m building a raft (pictured below) to use it during the summer to travel Berlin’s waterways. It’s a lot of hard work, but a good counterpart to my manager job at LiveIntent.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1. As a teenager, I was a professional speed skater.
2. I’m a third generation Berliner which can be a rarity. Berlin is like New York – a melting pot of cultures, with immigrants from all over the world, so it can be rare to find someone whose family has been here for generations.
3. I have the same shoe size as Matt Keiser (LiveIntent’s CEO). Not really, just kidding.