5 Questions for Sandra

Sandra Kade

Another new team member joined us last year! It is long overdue to introduce her to you. We want to do that right now. We’re happy to announce that Sandra Jurema Kade has been our Content Marketing Manager since September 1, filling in for Lea Schilling during her parental leave. She herself is also just coming out of parental leave. Before that, she worked in a completely different field. For the past 14 years, she has worked as a freelance final editor and translator. She used her parental leave after the birth of her twin girls to reorient herself and is now looking forward to combining what she has learned in years of experience with her newly acquired knowledge. Sounds exciting! What role Brazil and rhubarb spritzer play in her life and how long she has known Picalike, you can find out in the following 5 questions we asked her.

Sandra Kade

Tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies?

I’ll have to elaborate a bit: I was born in Germany, but grew up in Brazil in the Amazon region. When I was 17, I came back to Germany to finish high school at a boarding school in Lower Saxony before going to Rostock to study. Since graduating, I now live back in Hamburg, my birthplace.

I love DIY, yoga and baking/cooking. Unfortunately my hobbies are a bit short right now since the twins are born, but as soon as I have some more time I’ll bring over some cupcakes, I promise!

What about your new responsibilities are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to showing Picalike, its great products and how work is done here to others on a regular basis, to inform others about it and also about so much more. I have known the company since its inception and am very excited to be a part of it now.

When you look back in six months, what do you hope to see?

That I could reach and pick up the recipients with the choice of topics for newsletters, blog posts, etc. and with the elaboration of the topics. And maybe even got a few returns.

Are you more of a home office or office type?

Kind of both, although a bit more of a home office guy than an office guy. I like working from home, because I can sort laundry or clean out the dishwasher at the Writer’s Block, where I’m guaranteed to come up with another idea that I can then sit down to, fortified with a fresh cup of coffee. But I also like to work in the office with other people, because the exchange can also be very inspiring, and I then also feel closer to the action. (Yes, I know that through Slack etc. you are always fully involved, even from home, but I still find the personal presence at the scene of the action a tad closer 🙂 )

What would be your favorite drink when meeting with work colleagues after work and why?

Since the twins are still so small, definitely a rhubarb spritzer, which is very refreshing after all, or a decaffeinated latte macchiato with oat milk. But if I didn’t have little babies now, it would definitely be a wine spritzer, my absolute after-work drink: fresh, sparkling and very delicious taste. Then white or rosé, depending on the mood.

Then we’ll soon be down here at the Betahaus café for a quick decaffeinated latte macchiato with oat milk and hope you have some muffins with you, too.

5 Questions for Timo

Timo Schulz

We would like to warmly welcome another new team member. Although, he is not completely new. Timo has been part of our team before, at the very beginning from 2013 to 2017. Now, at the beginning of this year, he joined us again for a few months as an external. He obviously enjoyed it: instead of accepting a new offer from a large company afterwards, he decided to rather support SMEs during this time and continue the ongoing project. Working with old acquaintances also had its appeal. So Picalike became an attractive employer for him again and he returned to the team – as a permanent member! It goes without saying that we are very happy about this.

Timo Schulz

Dear Timo, you are not a newcomer at Picalike, but a comebacker, which we are very happy about! Nevertheless, most of the team doesn’t know you from the “early days of Picalike”. Therefore we would like to ask you a few questions. Tell us something about you. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies?

I was born and raised in a small town near Hamburg. I often spend my free time cycling or hiking. I also collect classic sci-fi literature and comics. If there’s still time left, I’m tinkling at the keyboard to further develop my AI recommendation system for movies, because movies are also one of my passions, and of course AI.

What has changed about your tasks at Picalike? What did you do before, what do you do now?

Even though I was hired with a focus on Machine Learning + Software Engineering back then, working in a young startup naturally means that the areas of responsibility are quite diverse. And since I was lucky enough to contribute knowledge from many different areas, I was able to help on many fronts. Almost everything probably sums it up quite well, there would be classic software development, building an AI environment, DevOps and also customer support. Today, my job is a bit more narrowly defined, but one thing I have in common is that I need knowledge from different areas, which is of benefit to me. In English, it’s probably “Jack of all Trades”, which is also what I put down as an activity in my LinkedIn profile.

When you look back in six months, what do you hope to see?

That we’ve come a long way, that the work is bearing fruit, the company is growing and thriving, and that our customers find the new products as fragrant and useful as we do.

Are you more of a home office or office type?

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At that time Timo was already part of the team: Christmas 2013

It depends. In the good old days, I already found it relaxing to pursue my work at home on Fridays in a concentrated manner and without many distractions. In general, I find home office useful when it comes to working on tasks that require little or no consultation with other colleagues. Otherwise, I appreciate the contact with the other picalingen, also because there are otherwise no “coffee kitchen synergies” and ideas in the home office can also be discussed less efficiently.

We’ve been told that you have an outstanding expertise in the art of brewing, you were even once a “beer commissioner” at Picalike. What would be your drink of choice when meeting with work colleagues after work and why?

It’s impossible to give a blanket answer here, because the appropriate drink depends on the person, the time and the place. Indeed, it is difficult to find the right beer for one person and for a group it is almost impossible, as tastes are very individual. An easy entry and best suited for a beer after work is a Helles, as it is mildly hopped, thus not very bitter and tremendously drinkable. But to be more specific, at a Christmas party, the Sweet Seduction worked well because the beer is comparable to an aperitif, so smaller glasses can be used, which lowers the barrier to tasting, and thanks to the honey, the complexity of the beer becomes a bit more manageable for the novice palate due to the sweetness.

Who knows, maybe there will be an opportunity to do a little beer tasting sometime. I, for example, would definitely like to try the Sweet Seduction. Who knows, maybe one or two of the team will find a new favorite drink there!

Great to have you back!

5 Questions for Theresa

5 Questions for Theresa

We are happy to welcome another new team member. Since August 3, Theresa Schmucker has been our Quality Assurance Manager and checks for us that our products and, above all, our data are of impeccable quality. Especially her fashion know-how is of great benefit to us. She studied fashion design at HAW Hamburg, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also worked part-time as a store controller in the stores for 6 years for various brands of H&M (Weekday, &Other Stories). As if that wasn’t enough, she is also self-employed on the side and has a studio at Koppel 66 where she makes handbags from vegetable tanned leather and sells them locally and in her own online store. It all sounds super exciting, doesn’t it? No wonder we were further curious and still had to ask her our 5 questions!

5 Questions for Theresa

Tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up? What hobbies do you have?

I was born in Erlangen, but moved to Hamburg with my family when I was two years old and grew up on the outskirts of Schnelsen in a small play street.
In my free time I like to be creative and see my friends and family. I am part-time self-employed with a small bag label, which is somehow also a hobby. When I’m in my workshop, it doesn’t feel like “working” to me. And that includes all the tasks that come up in the process. Otherwise
I go to pottery twice a month, do yoga and like to get out in the fresh air.

What are you most looking forward to about your new tasks?

It’s hard to say. Actually, I’m looking forward to getting to know the exciting technology of Picalike even better and maybe when it gets a bit more “technical” for me. Learning new things is always a lot of fun for me.

When you look back in six months, what do you hope to see?

That I will have become well integrated into the daily routine at Picalike and that I will be creating added value. That the quality of the data will be continuously improved. Maybe that I will have gained insights into other fields to understand the links even better.

Are you more of a home office or office type?

I think both are good. If the office was further away, however, I would prefer the home office. Long distances to the office are not my strong point. But seeing my colleagues a few days a week is also important to me. In the home office I can sometimes work more concentrated, but for some tasks it is also good to have the direct exchange with colleagues. It’s also nice to see each other. In other words, I think a good mix of both is ideal.

What would be your favorite drink when meeting colleagues after work and why?

I would have to think about it longer because it would probably depend on my “thirst”. Some days it would just be a Spezi and others maybe just a spritzer. Alcoholic it becomes with me more rarely and then also rather a cool Alsterwasser or a white wine spritzer.

Well then, we hereby welcome you again officially to the Picalingen and hope that we can soon take a look at your bags at a Spezi. 😊

Here’s to a good start!

5 Questions for Maren

5 Questions for Maren

With Maren Tiemerding, we have a lot of sales power in the Picalike team again since August 3 💪. Maren is a graduate of the International Studies of Global Management at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and will start her Master’s degree in Business Development at the HSBA in October. With her expertise in consulting and executive positions as well as her positive and natural nature, she is a real asset to our Marketing & Sales team.

To get to know her a little better, we asked Maren to answer these 5 questions:

5 Questions for Maren

Tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies?

I grew up in a village with 500 inhabitants in the district of Vechta, which is located in Lower Saxony between Bremen and Osnabrück. Vechta is also known as a horse town and that’s how I got my first hobby. In the meantime I am no longer active in show jumping, but I still have my horse.

I came to Hamburg, or rather to Norderstedt, when I was 8 years old. To study, however, I ended up back in Bremen. Oh, and in between I was also in Thailand and Singapore studying and working.

CrossFit has meanwhile taken over the center of my free time. As crazy as it may sound, the feeling of lying on the floor after a hard workout is irreplaceable 😁 .

What about your new responsibilities are you most looking forward to?

I’m incredibly excited to see how picalike’s technology continues to develop. The team has so much energy. I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

Of my tasks, I am probably most looking forward to the discussions with our potential customers. I look forward to getting to know many different personalities and working with them to find the right support for their online store.

When you look back in six months, what do you hope to see?

Looking at smiling faces and not faces covered by our “new must-haves.”

Are you more of a home office or office type?

I guess I’m more of a mix type. I’m really thankful for the development that working in a home office is accepted. I think it’s great the way picalike has been doing it so far. We have a constant digital exchange, but see each other live 1-2 times a week. Especially for brainstorming new ideas I find the face-to-face exchange still very important.

What would be your favorite drink when meeting with colleagues after work and why?

Spontaneously, I would say a Diet Coke. I’m not a big alcohol drinker, because it just doesn’t taste good to me. But every now and then it may be a vino.

Well then, we would like to welcome you officially to the Picalingen and we hope that we can drink a Diet Coke or a delicious Vino together as soon as possible. 😊
Here’s to a good start!

5 Questions for Johannes

Johannes Otto

Despite the Corona crisis, we are in the fortunate position to continue to grow and so we were pleased to welcome our new employee Johannes on June 2nd (June 1st was Whit Monday). Johannes will support our tech team in the areas of software development, data modeling and interface design.
Although the welcome was initially only virtual, since we still work mostly from the home office, it was no less warm.

To get to know Johannes a little better, we asked him a few questions directly.

Johannes Otto

Tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies?

I grew up in Lehsen and Dreilützow, two small villages near Wittenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Later I learned food technology in Wittenburg and then studied mechanical engineering in Wismar.

In my spare time I love to screw on my MZ (TS 150 Bj. 1974). Another hobby is 3D printing. I also design myself. Mostly I design and build my own e-cigarettes. I also have pets: Lucky, Penny, and Rocky – three rat bucks.

Now we know a bit more about you. Now tell us, how is it for you to start a new job in this (Corona) time?

Working almost entirely in a home office is unusual at first. But good communication, new technologies, flexible structures and nice colleagues more than compensate for that.

What are you most looking forward to in your new team/office?

The range of technologies used at Picalike is diverse and interesting.

There are many challenging tasks waiting. I am looking forward to the knowledge I can acquire and the problems I will solve.

When you look back in six months, what do you hope to see?

I hope that all of us and the Picalike company have weathered the Corona crisis well.

Now an important question: do you listen to music at work and if so, what kind?

Whether I listen to music always depends entirely on my mood and the tasks at hand. For example, if I have to find a complex bug, I prefer silence. When I’m programming I like to listen to ska punk or punk rock, trip hop or even some electro. Bands I like to listen to are Rantanplan, The Rancid, Kid Loco, The Herbaliser or Northern Lite.

Welcome to the Picalingen, Johannes. We are happy that you are part of the team and hope that we can meet more often at team events.

Here’s to a good start!