A short biography for talk announcements and conference programs is here.


Co-Founder and CEO of Big Switch Networks since 4/2010. The company is funded by Khosla Ventures and Index Ventures.
Assistant Consulting Professor and head of the Clean Slate Lab at Stanford University from 5/2008 to 3/20010. Primarily working on the OpenFlow Standard. Also co-teaching the graduate level class on computer networks CS244.
Entrepreneur in Residence at Morgenthaler Ventures since 5/2008.
Voltage Security from 11/2002 to 5/2008. Co-founded the company with Dan Boneh, Rishi Kacker and Matt Pauker in 2002. Raised initial round of funding and served as engineering manager, CTO and board member.
Principal Associate at Kappa IT Ventures, a Munich based early-stage Technology Fund from 2001-2002.
McKinsey & Company, Summer 1999. Worked as summer associate on redefining the e-commerce strategy for a major European software company.
Technology Analyst at Daimler-Benz, Tokyo, Japan. Summer 1997.

From 1991 to 1994 I started a company with three friends (Tobias being one of them) that developed image manipulation software. We made lots of mistakes and I learned a lot about software development.


Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2005. Teaching experience in algorithms, networking and marketing.
May '96 to August '97 visiting research associate at the  Institute of Industrial Science  of the University of Tokyo in the group of Prof. Hideki Hashimoto. Work on computer vision, perceptual intelligence and man-machine interaction.
November '94 to August '95 visiting student at the LIFIA in the PRIMA group at the IMAG (which has since split), Grenoble with James L. Crowley. Work on Masters Thesis on feature based vision for robots.
Diplom (Master) in physics at the University of Karlsruhe in '96. Master's Thesis advisor was Prof. R. Dillmann who was at that time at the IPR.


Best Demo Award at SIGCOMM 2008 for "A Demonstration of Virtual Machine Mobility in an OpenFlow network".
Named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2006
Named Top 100 Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review in 2004
(the TR100 has since been renamed TR35)
Grand Prize Stanford Entrepreneurship Competition (e-Challenge) 2002
and "Best Innovation" at the Global e-Challenge, Singapore, 2002
Alumni of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
Erster Preis (firzt prize) Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik 1987
Awards for Voltage Security that can be found here.


Publications and Talks

Over 20 peer-reviewed research publications, including papers at SIGCOMM, INFOCOM an USENIX. For a partial lst see the Publications Page.
Six issues US patents, and over 20 national and international applications pending.
Over 30 public talks on technology and entrepreneurship.


German (native), English (near native), French (conversational), Japanese (conversational) and Spanish (very basic).


Sailing US Sailing BC certified. Member of Club Nautique.
Casual running, occasional trail run or half/full marathon.
Trekking (Kilimanjaro, Roraima, Whittney), Alpinism and Skiing.

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