Get to know the people behind AppLike Group

What we stand for

We are AppLike

AppLike Group builds exciting ventures in the mobile app space, aiming to create challenging and fun workplaces for the best people in tech & business. Get to know our founders, management and leadership team.

Management Team

Carlo Szelinsky

Co-CEO & Founder (Tech)
Builds products fast. Passionate about state-of-the-art tech at scale.

Jonas Thiemann

Co-CEO & Founder (Business)
Loves growing teams, Win-Win deals and big spreadsheets.

Julia Jäkel

Managing Director
Non operational, representing the majority shareholder.

Talent Acquisition

Jan-Philipp Rieke

Head of Business Recruiting & HR Project
Has as many plants at home as justDice has employees.

Ina Saal

Head of Tech Recruiting & HR Projects
Has visited Bilbo Baggins in Hobbiton Village – but he wasn’t there!

Martina Gutsche

Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
Doesn’t eat the blue M&Ms and collects all of them in a big mason jar in her kitchen.

Britta Koch

Talent Acquisition Manager
Known as the German Oak at Kicker!

Marina Sakautzky

Talent Acquisition Manager
Solemnly swears that she is up to no good.

Ronja Mertens

Talent Acquisition Manager
Wants to move to Sweden someday.

Melike Aydin

Talent Acquisition Manager
Too fast, too furious in kicker!

Lisa Hilterhaus

Talent Acquisition Manager
Loves spicy food. If you call it hot – it’s just well seasoned for her!

Michelle Theiner

Talent Acquisition Manager
The Bavarian Sweetheart, but a tough recruiter, as well! Better be prepared – you might have to pass her test!

Niklas Prochnow

Talent Acquisition Manager
They call him “Graf von Bramfeld”.

Assistance & Organisation

Laura Brüning

Team Assistant
The heart of our team – always ensuring we have a good time!

Advisory Board

Julia Jäkel

CEO Gruner + Jahr

Oliver Radtke

COO Gruner + Jahr

Arne Wolter

CDO Gruner + Jahr

Udo Stalleicken

CFO Gruner + Jahr

Our Values

1

go big

In our day-to-day business, we always ask ourselves “what has the biggest impact right now?” and focus on the big challenges, not the small ones. We expect everyone at Applike to avoid wasting time on things that don’t have an impact. We always ask ourselves first “What would I do if it were my money?!”

Every business opportunity we go for needs to be scalable, that means we will only go for ideas that we can grow big with relatively few people. For that, we often have to go the extra mile.“That won’t work”, is something we never say! We always find solutions, which means we always suggest what should be improved, instead of just describing what’s wrong. We celebrate our success! It doesn’t give us an excuse to take a break but instead encourages us to grow even further.

2

move fast

To be fast, we will always try to reach 80% of the possible outcome with 20% of effort, rather than building things in a perfect way. Making quick decisions enables us to realise more successful projects. For that, we need to take risks and we will make mistakes. We prefer to accept mistakes, rather than losing big opportunities.

That’s why we build Minimum Viable Products and evaluate their success using pre-defined figures. We always need to be flexible and respond accordingly to changes, new knowledge, and opportunities. Time is of the essence, and that’s why we need to prioritise everything in a clear order.

3

be direct

We communicate directly and help each other – regardless of hierarchy, position or department. Every opinion counts and everyone can contribute! We give direct feedback and address conflicts openly because we want to improve and learn from one another.

Let’s get to the point! We prefer simple, solution-oriented, clear communication. We save sugar-coating and colourful presentation for our users! Be yourself and don’t pretend to be someone else. This is the only way to keep you happy in your work environment at Applike in the long term.

4

be Applike

We are an independent company with our own goals, values and way of doing things. Gruner & Jahr is our investor and partner, who supports us in terms of financial funding and knowledge transfer which helps us to achieve our mission.

People at Applike respect each other and stand up for each other! In good and in bad times, we always support each other however we can. Tackling challenges as a team and sharing knowledge with other team members is the key to our success.

5

have fun

Let’s get sh*t done. And have a good time.

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