Executive Director Technology, SinnerSchrader, Munich
From the Bay Area to Bavaria.
Germany isn’t so far away from Silicon Valley. At least, that’s the opinion of Adam Christian, site manager for SinnerSchrader in Munich. He’s excited by the start-up feeling at the agency, the joy of experimentation, and a passion for new technologies. He brought a lot of ideas with him from the USA, so it always feels like it’s “still day one”. This is what Adam Christian has to say …
... about his love of technology:
I come from a small scenic city in Washington State north of Seattle called Bellingham. Due to the proximity to Microsoft, I had access to visit the Microsoft campus and could always get my hands on their new software through friends and family. My grandfather founded a very successful company in Los Angeles distributing semiconductors, so I grew up inspired by the concepts of technology and entrepreneurship. I was lucky and had access to technology early on, and spent a lot of time as a kid building computers and learning to program. My parents were very understanding and supportive of my passion, regularly allowing me play with Unix late into the night.
I want to embrace and adapt new technologies, new work cultures, and new business philosophies.Adam Christian,Site Manger Technology
... about dreams and goals:
I always wanted to go to California to work at an early stage start-up building something innovative with cutting edge technology. Once I arrived there I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the tech culture, endless meetups, hackathons, product launches, it was exactly what I wanted as a young developer. In many ways, I actually managed to fulfill the dream I had created for myself – I guess it's time to create a new one.
... about his role as a problem solver:
Every company I’ve worked for has had very unique problems and challenges to work through – sometimes caused by people, sometimes economic, sometimes technical. I enjoyed identifying and solving all these challenges in order to keep moving forward.
- Adam Christian
- Job Title
- Site Manger Technology, SinnerSchrader, Munich, Computer Scientist and Management Expert
- Mozilla Corporation, Slide, Sauce Labs, Betable
- Fun Fact
- Visits the Oktoberfest every year and owns three pairs of Lederhosen
... about SinnerSchrader:
I’d known about SinnerSchrader for quite a while through JSConf EU. The company’s vision always interested and excited me. Companies with a long product history often face the challenge of making the leap to the digital future, and need help and direction to evolve. SinnerSchrader can provide the technical and cultural groundwork allowing these companies to can focus on what they do best. I think it’s really important to have a company like SinnerSchrader out there filling this need, and I am excited to help make companies fit for the future.
... about Germany:
I wanted to expand my horizons and find a place in the world that corresponded to my idea of the good life. I decided on Germany and started to learn the language. Four years ago, I spoke at SinnerSchrader in German about software automation. I’m excited by the Germans and their way of viewing the world. My wife and I have particularly fallen in love with Munich, with the mountains, the surroundings, the people.
I’d known about SinnerSchrader for quite a while through JSConf EU. The company’s vision always interested and excited me.Adam Christian, Site Manger Technology
... about his job as a site manager:
One of my responsibilities is to create a comfortable, productive, and supportive work environment. We want to make Munich THE place for developers. I also make sure that the right people are in the right place for each project – both in development and in management. We have three main clients in Munich: O2, BMW and Allianz. I’m regularly with all of our projects and want to help find new solutions, processes and ways of thinking.
... about new technologies:
I’ve always been an early adopter and I intend to stay that way. I want to explore and test the latest software, in order to stay on the ball. That’s what I do in my free time as well. I want to embrace and adapt new technologies, new work cultures, and new business philosophies.
One of my responsibilities is to create a comfortable, productive, and supportive work environment. We want to make Munich THE place for developers.
... about the difference between Silicon Valley and Germany:
One of the advantages of the Bay Area is that companies such as Facebook and Google provide a lot of resources for experimentation that will shape the future, constantly attracting top tier developers from all over the world. The German working culture seems to operate generally more conservatively, potentially leading to slower product and technology development. And although Germany doesn’t have the density of developers that the Bay Area does, there are plenty of top tier developers building more interesting technology all the time.
... about new clients:
One of the tasks of a start-up is to keep the developers happy while simultaneously creating the new features demanded by sales and marketing. So I had to maintain a balance between the requirements of the product and the economic factor – while developing high-quality software at the same time. My work at SinnerSchrader is very similar. At the end of the day, we have to develop good solutions and dispel a company’s fear of change.
... about his favourite places:
We take every opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Munich is such a beautiful place and the climate is a lot like back home. We love to ski and definitely want to conquer the Alps. Munich and it’s proximity to the mountains feels even more like where I grew up than San Francisco did.
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