BitsaboutMe was founded in 2017 by Christian Kunz and Christophe Legendre in Bern, Switzerland. The two met during their time as CEO and CTO of ricardo.ch. Previous to this, they held different executive positions at eBay, leboncoin.fr, libertysurf.fr and McKinsey & Company – always with a focus on data and online business models. With the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2016, the starting signal was given for the two. Since then it has been their mission to democratize the data industry sustainably with a data fair trade approach.
In times of exponential growth of data volumes, rapid advances in artificial intelligence, mass surveillance and mass manipulation (nudging), staying in control over our personal data is becoming a key issue for society. Controling our digital identity at the source is our best chance to counter abuse by corporations, fraudsters or authoritarian governments.
In the past data souvereignity was a utopia, because control over personal data was exercised solely by few large data companies that have no interest in sharing their competitive advantage. When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018, it greatly expanded the rights that EU citizens have with respect to their personal data. Among other things, users now have the right to a copy of their data and must be asked for their consent before thier data is being used.
Christian Kunz, Cofounder & CEO, is an online expert and data enthusiast. He is convinced that only user centric data models can protect privacy and guarantee that consumers get a fair share of the value generated from their data. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT and has spent his corporate career with McKinsey & Company, at eBay where he was responsible for the global advertising business and most recently as CEO of ricardo.ch.
Christophe Legendre, Cofounder & CTO, has been passionate technologist throughout his career. He makes sure we follow the highest standards of security, performance and scalability. Christophe holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Lille and spent his career as tech lead in R & D and as CTO of two leading online marketplaces, leboncoin.fr and ricardo.ch.
Heiko Röhrig, Director Business Development, has gained relevant international sales and business development experience in the past 7 years in the Swiss e-commerce companies DeinDeal and ricardo.ch and is therefore very familiar with start-up platforms and marketplaces. Heiko holds a Bachelor degree from Brunel University of London and his goal is to make data trading between companies and individuals more innovative, fair and transparent.
Nenad Sucur, Enterprise Sales Switzerland, has lived his passion for active sales for 18 years. His goal is to demonstrate the great added value of BitsaboutMe to entrepreneurs. Nenad has a federal diploma in sales management and was responsible for sales at ricardo.ch for many years in the category “Vehicles”.
Nevena Radovanovic, Front-End Developer, likes creating useful, pleasing and easy to use interfaces. Her goal is to provide end users enjoyable and high quality user experience. She holds a Master in Computer Science from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Luka Hamza, Designer & Developer, wants to combine his technical knowledge and sound problem solving skills and apply it to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so that the online privacy of users is optimally protected. He holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Lara Hutmacher, Marketing Manager, manages communication and social media. Her goal is to raise the awareness that users need to take control of their personal data. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Applied Sciences in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and speaks four languages fluently.
Alper Alan, UX Designer, aims to improve human interaction with data privacy and consent management systems. He has been passionate about designing and developing intelligent applications and evaluating these applications with actual users through field and lab studies. Alper holds a Master in Software Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton and has worked as a researcher in Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy Project at the University of Southampton.