Timo Rößner

Director of Engineering at Planet in Berlin, Deutschland

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One of my goals in life is to create something that matters together with the greatest minds of our times and to solve challenging and interesting technological problems while doing it.

There are many inspirations and inspirational people in my life. A more or less random selection of the top of my head: Zappos team culture (love the book!), Carol Dweck, google (lame, I know), Elon Musk and literally everything he touches, buffer and their transparency policy, SpaceX and about 1000 more. Check out my blog (http://bit.ly/1Tq9ywB) for more.

My favourite inspirational quote at the moment is from Aaron Swartz:

"Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity."

What I bring to the table:

* Excellence in software engineering. I’ve been doing this for the last 15 years and I’m obsessed with code quality and writing elegant, maintainable code. I am a regular open source contributor and maintainer of a couple of more or less popular gems. Most notably of the awesome `Reek` gem (http://bit.ly/1Jgi7Ke) - check out my github profile for more (http://bit.ly/1VWfgM2). Additionally you can find quite a few mostly technical articles on my blog (http://bit.ly/1Ohh77s).

* Building up teams by recruiting the best people. I'd go as far as to say that team play is 10 times more important than "being an expert" since it's far easier to become good at something than transitioning from being a douche to somebody who can carry and motivate a team. Check out http://bit.ly/2by0j4G if you're interested in my recruiting philosophy.

* Motivation and the passion to motivate others: I believe that vision and purpose on the high level, clear responsibilities and maximum autonomy are the keys to high productivity and happiness.

* The passion to create something that might change change the world. I don't care much for money - my motivation lies elsewhere. This doesn't mean that I work for free, just that I value other things more.

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    • Planet