Hi, Henrik! Please tell us a little bit about your background.
I have 24 years of experience in leading and scaling growth businesses and software development organisations through innovation and new technology, scaling tech teams onshore as well as offshore and adopting agile methodologies, including product owner responsibilities, quality assurance and distributed scrum teams. Basically, helping companies deliver innovative technology supporting the business goals. What drives me is seeing people and teams evolve while working towards a common goal, and I really enjoy the combination of technology and business.
I joined Verdane from Quinyx, a mobile-first workforce management solutions company, where I spent seven years as CTO and Senior Solutions Architect in a capacity as VP of Technical Business Development. In those seven years, Quinyx grew 30% per year and went from 30 to 200 employees with offices across Northern Europe and the US. As CTO, I headed our move from co-located hosting to Amazon AWS, reformed the agile methods and scaled the technology team from 10 to 40 team members. During my last 4 years at Quinyx I got the opportunity to work with many multinational customers across Europe, utilising insights from those initiatives to help drive innovative solutions and even faster growth for our own organisation.
And now, I help Verdane’s portfolio of growth companies to scale their technology departments.
What drew you to Verdane?
I was not planning to leave Quinyx at all, but this is a really exciting opportunity to support multiple growth journeys simultaneously. I believe in the value of cross pollination between organisations, and through the Verdane universe I get to realise that cross pollination between product and development departments through sharing best practice and by building a network of highly skilled and knowledgeable contacts.
What are your responsibilities going to be, and how will you develop the business at Verdane in your capacity as CTO of Verdane Elevate?
Successful growth companies need to ensure scalability across two parameters: their technology, which allows them to deliver a consistent performance or end-user experience in the face of rapidly increasing numbers of users, and scalable methodology, which is about managing how the team itself needs to grow, prioritise and handle requirements and product management for their growth vision to become possible. Also, making sure that we clear out any technical debt or challenges to growth further down the line at the earliest possible moment. So my job is to help those of our companies that want to assess their maturity across those parameters, identify what needs to be done to achieve sufficient maturity, and then help them execute their plan to get there.