AOE is a committed and continuously expanding team of agile web development specialists. The management team consists of four personalities who possess an immense amount of experience, knowledge and know-how in developing and implementing state-of-the-art Open Source Enterprise web solutions.
Kian T. Gould is the founder and CEO of AOE. While still at school, he founded the company and over the course of more than 15 years he has been involved in the rollout of hundreds of complex Internet portals and E-Commerce applications. As a member of the TYPO3 Association, Kian was in charge of marketing for the Enterprise Web CMS for many years as well as being actively involved in a variety of TYPO3 Community projects. Kian is a regular speaker at many global conferences and a cited expert for Open Source web technologies.
Steven Bailey has more than 20 years of concept- and design experience, mainly in online projects. He has extensive experience in “International Brand Communications” (CI and CD) for clients such as Daimler, AEG, the Munich Airport and many more. He has successfully developed web projects for global brands such as Software AG, Freudenberg, Gigaset, the Schaeffler group or Deutsche Telekom.
Since graduating in design from the Fachhochschule Darmstadt (a renowned Professional College) he has won numerous awards for his work, both online and offline. These include the Red Dot Award, VDI Win Win Cup for Internet/E-Commerce and the ADC Award (Art Directors Club).
At AOE Steven Bailey is responsible for new business and customer consulting for Web Portal and E-Commerce projects, with an emphasis on web strategy, -concepts, -usability and -design. Born in Britain, Steven is also ideally suited for carrying out selected key account tasks for our international clients.
Since the early 90s, Joern Bock has been involved in the creation, design and organization of interactive media projects. As the former head of his own advertising agency, as well as senior positions in several international digital agencies, Joern brings plenty of (digital) experience to the table.
At AOE he has been largely responsible for the global project management operations. To this end, he is instrumental in continuously driving the use of agile development methods, such as Kanban, Scrum or Lean as part of an agile organization and a living agile corporate culture. He also organizes regular meetings of the Agile User Group Rhein-Main.
Daniel Pötzinger has many years of experience in the development and architecture of Enterprise Web Applications. He is an active member of various Open Source communities, including TYPO3, Solr and Symfony and during this time has worked on the development of nearly 80 TYPO3 extensions. In addition, Daniel has gained extensive experience in building and designing performance-critical applications in an Enterprise environment. Here, the main focus lies on aspects such as scalability and future-proof solutions as well as systems integration.
At AOE Daniel has provided consulting services, managed and implemented more than 100 Enterprise projects for such renowned clients as Deutsche Telekom, congstar, Rovio, Cisco WebEx, QVC and VMware. In addition, he continues to oversee the development of the product Searchperience, a sophisticated Enterprise search and recommendation engine.
The international AOE locations in San Francisco and Zurich are under the leadership of Seth Conley, management North America, and Alain Veuve, management Switzerland.
With more than 15 years of management experience in a variety of industries, Seth brings a unique insight and expertise to the challenges associated with technology projects in enterprise organizations. Since receiving his MBA from the University at Albany (NY) in 2001 he has been involved in several successful startups.
Seth opened the first international office for AOE in 2009. In the years since the US office opened in San Francisco he has been instrumental in growing the global business and building a local development team to serve AOE’s US clients. He currently oversees all aspects of the business for North America and works with the global business development team at AOE.
Since 1997, Alain Veuve has been involved with several Open Source projects, IT- and Internet companies as well as startups. During this time Alain has guided and consulted various international companies in the matter of their Digital Transformation and Open Source e-business endeavors. Today, Alain is seen as a thought leader for Digital Transformation in Europe, being a regular speaker at a wide variety of conferences. Apart from this, Alain frequently writes for publications such as t3n and many more. His blog, alainveuve.ch, is a popular source of insights for decision-makers in the digital sector. At AOE, Alain serves as managing director for the Swiss subsidiary and is involved in international business development as well as strategic consulting. In addition, Alain is a driving force behind the business dimension of the TYPO3 project, serving as leader of the TYPO3 marketing team and as a board member of the TYPO3 Association (typo3.org).
The management team approaches its work from a servant leadershop point of view; for the most part, project management is the responsibility of the project teams. For this approach to succeed, an appropriate corporate culture and an optimal team structure are essential. Our agile project teams usually work using the Scrum model. Teams consists of five to nine team members with different roles.