When DE-CIX was founded in 1995, I worked for one of the biggest commercial ISPs at that time, Xlink. I experienced the founding of DE-CIX first hand and was fully involved in its development, as Xlink was one of the three companies that joined forces at that time and directly connected their networks through an exchange point in Frankfurt. Why Frankfurt? Because the telecommunication networks were already well developed there and because of its geographical location. That was an incredibly exciting time. In 2000, I finally switched to DE-CIX and took care of the technical management for 16 years. From 2000 to 2006, it was just Harald Summa and me, so I took over tasks like customer support or the website in addition to the technical department in Frankfurt. To build up the company in this way and to observe its constant growth was very varied and instructive; both exciting and extremely fulfilling for me. I like to refer to DE-CIX as my baby that in 2016 - when I moved to the position of Chief Technology Evangelist – grew up and flew the nest as such, from my perspective. It was time to hand over the responsibility to the next generation of engineers and technicians. It wasn’t easy for me, but I see in their faces every day the passion and dedication I want for my DE-CIX. It really could not have all gone better. Today I represent DE-CIX in technical committees and at events. I am also active in various community committees.
For me, my motivation for this special company comes mainly from the feeling of founding it. On the one hand, I find it exciting and challenging from a technical point of view to be “one level below” – quasi an ISP for ISPs. On the other hand, I think the company's structure is interesting. I have never been a fan of hierarchies and this is still noticeable today: decisions are made in a team, because shared, meaningful planning leads to the best implementation results. I am proud to be a part of the DE-CIX story from the very beginning and also of how the company has developed since.