About us

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ArangoDB Inc is a US based privately held company, that was founded in Cologne in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for professional services around ArangoDB.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California and also has additional offices in Cologne, Moscow and New Delhi that specialize in solutions for challenges which demand rapid access to large amounts of data. ArangoDB Inc offers subscriptions, support of development, training and consulting.


Claudius Weinberger

Claudius studied economics with business informatics as key aspect at the University of Cologne. Together with his co-founder, he builds databases for more than 20 years; from in-memory to mostly memory databases and from K/V stores over multi-dimensional cubes to graph databases. His responsibility was mostly the product and project management. Since 2012 he is the CEO of ArangoDB.

Frank Celler

Frank studied in Aachen and London and obtained a PhD in mathematics. Prior to founding triAGENS GmbH, the company behind ArangoDB, he worked for several German tech companies as a consultant, team lead and C/C++ developer. Frank’s major achievements and projects relevant to ArangoDB are: development of a quota database that was faster than Reuters’, concept and implementation of JIT compilers for Intel and Sparc architectures, concept and implementation of a high-performance in-memory session database for Deutsche Post AG, development of an IDE for Dylan.

Luca Olivari

Luca is a software executive and advisor with almost two decades of experience. He has held several senior leadership positions at public as well as venture-backed, high-growth startups. Before running the international Business Development and Strategy at MongoDB, he led the MySQL Sales Consulting across EMEA at Oracle. Prior to joining ArangoDB as the next big thing in the database world, Luca served as Chief Data Officer at ContactLab, a leading engagement marketing cloud provider.

Advisory Council

Florian Leibert

Florian is the CEO and Co-founder of Mesosphere. As one of the brightest technical minds in Silicon Valley, Florian enabled Twitter to establish a microservice architecture and built AirBnB’s big data team. At Mesosphere, he is now building DC/OS, the revolutionary open source datacenter operating system based on Apache Mesos, which is already used at his former companies in exciting use cases like Verizon Wireless. Florian will help ArangoDB to further sharpen its focus on the needs of large scale enterprises, their problems and solutions.

Ted Dunning

Ted is Chief Application Architect at MapR and has years of experience with machine learning and other big data solutions across a range of sectors, notably in recommendation systems and fraud detection. With twenty-five patents, and more pending, he has a long history of innovation. Dunning has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield and is active in a number of open source projects as a contributor and mentor. He is currently serving on the board of the Apache Software Foundation.

Product Management

Human Resources

Ingo Friepoertner
Product Manager

Ingo is dealing with all the good ideas from the ArangoDB community, customers and industry experts to improve the value provided by the company’s native multi-model approach. In former positions he worked as a product owner and tech consultant, building custom software solutions for large companies in various industries. Ingo holds a diploma in business informatics from FHDW University of Applied Sciences.

Gudrun Franzen
Talent Acquisition Manager

Gudrun is always on the lookout for the next great talent to add to the ArangoDB family. She is a passionate Tech Recruiter and your first choice if you want to join ArangoDB. If she is not in the office, you can find her somewhere in the great outdoors.


Jan Steemann
Senior Developer

After more than 30 years of playing around with 8 bit computers, assembler and scripting languages, Jan decided to move on to work in database engineering. Jan is now a senior C/C++ developer with the ArangoDB core team, being there from version 0.1. He is mostly working on performance optimization, storage engines and the querying functionality.

Michael Hackstein
Senior Graph Specialist

Michael Hackstein is a Senior Graph Specialist @ ArangoDB Inc. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and is the creator of ArangoDBs graph capabilities. During his academic career he focused on complex algorithms and especially graph databases. Michael is an internationally experienced speaker who loves salad, cake and clean code.

Max Neunhöffer
Senior Developer, Architect

Max Neunhöffer is a mathematician turned database developer. In his academic career he has worked for 16 years on the development and implementation of new algorithms in computer algebra. During this time he has juggled a lot with mathematical big data like group orbits containing trillions of points. Recently he has returned from St. Andrews to Germany, has shifted his focus to NoSQL databases, and now helps to develop ArangoDB.

Matthew Von-Maszewski
Senior Architect

Matthew is another C/C++ developer and a Senior Architect @ ArangoDB. His prior experience includes Basho Technologies, Akamai, and Intuit. Work has ranged from 4-bit microcontrollers to 30+ server DB clusters. When not coding, Matthew is often found running a marathon or participating in a triathlon.

Kaveh Vahedipour
Senior Architect

Kaveh, Master in theoretical physics in Cologne, Zuerich and Bonn. Ph.D. in physics. Joined ArangoDB after medical imaging research and lecturing at Juelich Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Maastricht University and New York University. He joined ArangoDB in 2016 as a core software engineer. He has been responsible for the development of core facilities in the ArangoDB cluster; among them the consensus infrastructure.

Ewout Prangsma
Senior Software developer

Ewout is an all-round senior software developer / entrepreneur who loves to solve complex technical problems to make life easier for real end users. Having seen lots of programming languages, he prefers to use whatever language fits the problem at hand. Within the ArangoDB he works on various distributed systems like datacenter to datacenter replication, the ArangoDB starter and the go driver.

Heiko Kernbach
Software Developer

Heiko is a JavaScript and C++ Developer working on ArangoDB’s frontend and backend. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and is passionate about new technologies and programming. Whilst completing his Bachelor degree, Heiko dived deeper into ArangoDB and focused on developing geo location-based services.

Mark Vollmary
Software Developer

Mark is Java developer for over 10 years. Along all tech related topics, Mark is especially passionate about developing web applications. He also likes writing code in JavaScript and Scala. At ArangoDB he mostly works on the Java driver and Spring Data integration.

Simon Grätzer
Software Developer

Simon is a C++ developer and works in the Graph Team at ArangoDB. He is passionate about distributed systems and computer graphics. For ArangoDB he wrote the Pregel graph processing system and is working on various other graph related topics as well as on ArangoDBs storage engine.

Tobias Gödderz
Software Developer

Tobias is a C++ developer in ArangoDB’s graph team with a background in discrete mathematics and functional programming. He loves programming in strong, statically typed languages and favors software verification to help in writing reliable and useful software.

Alan Plum
Software Developer

Alan is an experienced web developer who feels equally at home in the backend and frontend. At ArangoDB he works on everything regarding JavaScript, with a special focus on Foxx.

Daniel Larkin-York
Core C/C++ developer

Dan is a C/C++ developer with the ArangoDB core team. He has worked on the storage engines, caching system, and performance testing and optimization. If it involves non-trivial data structures, he’s interested.

Wilfried Goesgens
Software Developer

Wilfried is another one of the C/C++ developers working for the ArangoDB Core Team. He also works on measuring and optimization of the performance.

Jan Christoph Uhde
Senior Software Developer

Jan is a senior C++ developer working on ArangoDB’s core. He is also supporting and developing ArangoDB fuerte driver. Jan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and is also known among friends as Obi.

Andrey Abramov
Senior Software Developer

Andrey is an expert in information retrieval and recommendation systems. He is passionate about state-of-art search techniques and data similarity measures. As the member of ArangoDB core team he is responsible for developing the ArangoSearch engine and further integration into the ArangoDB core.

Vasiliy Nabatchikov

Vasiliy works on ArangoDB’s core. Currently, he is part of the team responsible for developing the ArangoSearch submodule providing run-time pluggable inverted index querying and result ranking.

Vadim Kondratyev
Software QA Engineer

Vdim develops and supports ArangoDB’s QA process based on technical and non-technical requirements to ensure that the company has a high level of quality, reliability and fault-tolerance.

Richard Parker
Software Developer

Richard is a research mathematician (computational group theory) and software developer in about equal proportions. His interest is primarily in software performance – such issues as multi-core, cache usage, vector instructions and avoiding unpredictable branches – particularly on the x86 platform. His contributions to ArangoDB are primarily in this area.

Sven Luschgy
System Administrator

Sven is taking care of the everything starting with official ArangoDB packages build process, making sure our servers run smoothly, the website is always online, emails get send out and everyone in the team has working computers.

Lars Maier
Software Developer

Lars is a C++ developer at ArangoDB. He is working now on the server infrastructure. He is a recent university graduate, math enthusiast and cryptography hobbyist. Lars has started programming at school as a hobby, where he looked into the web related technologies like JavaScript and PHP and later he focused on C and C++.

Customer and Community Support

Santo Leto
Director Customer Support

As Global Director of ArangoDB Customer Support, Santo is leading the Team that provides worldwide post-sales services to all our Customers, including 24×7 Technical Support, Customer Success (on-boardings and proactive customer engagements) and remote and on-site Consultancy and Training delivery. At ArangoDB, Santo is also leading the ‘Community Support & Bug Verification’ Team. With 10+ years of work experience in engineering, customer-facing and managerial roles, at VC-backed start-ups, bootstrapping companies, as well as large public corporates, Santo started his career as Lead Developer of graphical user interfaces for RDBMS.

Luigi Servini
Customer Success Manager

Luigi is responsible for developing customer relationships and customer satisfaction (on-boardings and proactive customer engagements). He is passionate about Databases (relational and NoSQL) with 10+ years experience in this field. Before joining ArangoDB, Luigi was a Senior Pre-sales Tech-Consultant in Oracle across EMEA and APAC areas.

Max Kernbach

Max is a dedicated Computer Science student who is interested in graph theory. He is implementing test scripts for various use cases of ArangoDB and investigates issues by use of error scenario reproduction.

Simran Brucherseifer

Simran is a data modeling and migration enthusiast with a cultural sciences background. He is responsible for ArangoDB’s documentation, helps out in design questions and supports the community, especially with AQL and JavaScript.

Vinay Pyati

Vinay is a Informatik student at RWTH Aachen University. I am passionate about Graph databases and file formats. At ArangoDB, I am responsible to write various test scripts, unit tests, tackle issues and report them.

Omar Ayoubi

Omar is part of the ArangoDB’s Support Team. He has a background in Quantum Physics. Omar provides support to our customers and he is also involved in Community Support and bug verification, as well as product testing. He’s quite enthusiastic about graph databases and ArangoDB in particular.


Michael Guerra
Head of Sales Americas

Mike has over 20 years of experience at public, private, as well as venture-backed startups with a particular focus on open source technologies. He’s an accomplished software sales executive with strong leadership, team building, and business development skills. Most recently, Mike was responsible for growing the Western Territory at MariaDB and Basho Technologies.

Ramona Rolando
Inside Sale Director Americas

Ramona is graduated in Marketing and International Affairs in Bucharest, Romania. Fluent in 3 languages, working in sales for 10 years and a Six Sigma green belt. Before joining ArangoDB she has worked for Honeywell and multiple sales teams within Oracle growing the business in Europe and the Americas.

Arun Kumar Dubey
Inside Sale Director

Arun brings more than 12 years of experience in corporate sales and marketing covering global territories. Prior to joining ArangoDB, Arun was with Oracle for 7+ years primarily selling MySQL Embedded and Oracle Consulting around their database. Post Oracle, he directed the inside sales division at OrientDB with major contributions to sales strategy and marketing.

Kunal Kusoorkar
Director, Global Solutions Engineering

Kunal is helping ArangoDB customers architect and adopt new generation, cloud-ready micro-services based solutions leveraging ArangoDB and Foxx framework. Previously, he worked as a Principal Solutions Engineer, Technical Alliances Manager and Product management for Real-time Events processing solutions , ESBs/Messaging, Big Data/Hadoop and NoSQL/KV technologies at TIBCO, Cloudera, Wipro and DataStax over the last 10 years

Marketing and Communications

Jan Stücke
Head of Communications

Jan is a product guy and startup enthusiast. Working in startups for over 8 years now he knows the ups and downs of these adventures. For him ArangoDB is the best db solution especially for young companies.

Jana Volkova
Marketing Manager

Jana is a part of ArangoDB’s marketing team. She is the one chatting to you on twitter and sending out latest ArangoDB news. Jana is passionate about building a great community around our open-source product.

Berta Hermida Plaza
Digital Marketing Specialist

Berta is also part of ArangoDB’s marketing team. She is especially passionate about Social Media. Berta holds a Masters degree in International Business Management, for ArangoDB she performs our online media campaigns.

Jonathan Ballantine
Working Student Marketing

Jon is part of ArangoDB’s marketing team and is currently studying his Masters in International Economics. Jon assists with industry research as well as spreading awareness and visibility for the ArangoDB brand through various media outlets

Elene Shubladze
Working Student Marketing

Elene helps the ArangoDB marketing team with their online and offline marketing activities. She has a degree in International Relations and is committed to helping ArangoDB connect with its community members worldwide.


Kirsten Link
Operations Manager

Kirsten is responsible for everything Accounting related in the ArangoDB office, be it contractual agreements or any other financial procedure.

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