YOOCHOOSE GmbH based in Cologne was founded in February 2009 by a former partner of a consulting firm for management and technology and a senior manager of a large telecommunications company in Germany. As a spin-off of Deutsche Telekom, YOOCHOOSE has software assets that have been developed in a three-year research project led by Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin and filed for a patent. In September 2009, YOOCHOOSE was able to convince two venture capitalists of the business idea and business model. As a result, YOOCHOOSE now has venture capital funding that is used to continue the growth of the company.
Board of Management
The two managing directors, Dr. Uwe Alkemper and Michael Friedmann, have a broad education in addition to many years of professional experience in the IT industry, in sales and in the execution of IT projects within complex IT environments.
Dr. Uwe Alkemper was employed as managing partner at a leading international consulting company for technology and management until 2008. In more than 10 years of professional experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, he has established several international teams and business units. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing new technologies from innovation to practical implementation in large-scale projects for international corporations.
The development of new technologies in telecommunications and markets has been influenced significantly by his multiple activities and projects. In 2007, he and his team contributed significantly to the founding of the Tele Management Forum for remote device management.
Dr. Uwe Alkemper has extensive experience in the field of security and provided advisory support to numerous national and international corporations and large businesses. In addition to his master's degree in business administration (MBA from Kellogg / WHU program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Otto Beisheim School of Management), Dr. Alkemper holds a Ph.D. in physics.
Michael Friedmann was employed as Program Manager of Architecture & Innovation Center for Information Technology at Deutsche Telekom T-Home until April 2009, where he was responsible for the IT architecture in the area of desktop services and related back-end systems. In this context, he also held a seat on the Desktop Advisory Council of Microsoft with the task of further developing the Windows operating system.
Before joining T-Home, Michael Friedmann worked for three years as a product and portfolio manager at T-Systems Enterprise Services GmbH in Bonn. Along with the development of desktop services for the European market, as lead architect he was responsible for the development of standards for the entire global IT landscape of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Previously, Michael Friedmann worked four years as a senior consultant at Detecon International GmbH, Bonn, where he advised many large German and international companies in the field of security and data security.
Michael Friedmann holds a master's degree in business administration (MBA) of the Kellogg / WHU program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Otto Beisheim School of Management and a diploma in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe.