In 1993 I founded my first company ootec GmbH which did consulting and programming services for large German companies like Siemens and BMW. Here I worked a lot with C++ and later also with Java. I learned the hard way that neglecting software architecture can be quite painful down the road. In the late 1990 we were working on a Java static analysis platform for BMW. BMW needed a platform to ensure that Java projects would conform to their quality and architecture rules. That project was such a success that I always dreamed of making a product out of that. Well, in 2000 I got an offer for ootec from the French Valtech group which I could not refuse. So I sold my company and moved on to new shores. In 2005 I created hello2morrow together with Dietmar Menges, who played a key role in the BMW static analysis project. The goal was to make our dream come true and build a solid static analysis tool for Java and other languages. The first release of SonarJ was published in late 2005. In the meantime the product was renamed to Sonargraph and our newest family member Sonargraph-Explorer also covers C# and C/C++. In 2008 I moved to the United States to expand hello2morrow to the land of unlimited possibilities. As you can imagine that was not the best possible timing, but I am still here and loving it
I still love writing code way too much which sometimes leaves not enough time for other business aspects like marketing and sales. Next to writing code I love Jazz, strategy games, hiking with my family and dogs and Red Wine, especially together with some good food. I am also working on my Jazz guitar skills, but here the progress is lacking. Damn, so many chords.