Logo of verkstedtIn case you are wondering about unanswered mails and a general lack of availability on my site, for the last few weeks I was pretty busy with preparing everything for my latest adventure: I’ve founded verkstedt. – A small team of dedicated software developers, with a focus on building and shipping great applications.

Of all the things, I’ve been doing over the years, “Writing Code & Leading Teams” is what stayed. It’s this combination of constantly learning new things while being able to create an environment that allows others to grow and have fun alongside with me, that excites me.

In the past I’ve never really been able to live by that idea. Wherever I was, I was always EITHER writing code OR leading teams.

At that time I felt that this made sense, because it allowed me to learn what I needed to know step by step. But now I feel like I’m ready to take things one step further and truly live by my claim for the first time ever.

I’ve invited some nice people (and great minds) to join me on that ride, rented a comfy room at The Space Shack in Schöneberg (Berlin) and now it feels as if we are ready for our first project (which actually already started).
Fortunately I didn’t have to do this all on my own. I had a lot of support by friends and colleagues who helped me by sharing thoughts and contacts (both of which is incredibly important). I hope, you know who you are, but there are two people, whom I like to thank in person: Yochen Gutman and Nadja Ritter  Yochen started designing my really cool logo, just because he liked what I’m doing and felt that he would like to support it and Nadja supports me organizing the grand opening party on october, 19th (yes, simply ping me, if you would like to come). – Thanks a lot, I really really appreciate your work!
So from now on, you’ll find me and the amazing verkstedt team in Akazienstr. 3a. We are open – and we have coffee. So just come by!
And of course we also have a home in the cyberspace (https://verkstedt.com) and on Twitter (@verkstedt).

sfugbln logoLast week I had the pleasure to talk about my experiences in web scraping at the revived Symfony User Group #sfugbln here in Berlin. Christopher and Denis are doing a great job. To me it seems that something awesome is in the making here.

Delivering that talk was a ton of fun! – Especially since it occurred to me that most visitors were playing more than one role here: developers looking for inspiration to enhance their scraping skills and developers fighting a ton of very clever bots on a daily basis! ?

As Andrey Astakhov (@aast_t) puts it:

Here are the slides of my talk

Ok, definitely more Bill Withers than Ice Cube but Saturday left me with the feeling that a summer day cannot get much better!

Preparing my course at the Beuth University

Working on one of my projects,

Sailing on the Wannsee

sailing on Wannsee

cooking on a Saturday evening

and cooking, of course!