#meetOGDS: Michael

liquid labs | 06.06.2018

Every week we introduce one member of our team to you. This week: Michael. In 2012, he founded Liquid Labs together with Paul Jozefak. As Managing Director of the Company Builder Liquid Labs and CTO of Otto Group Digital Solutions, Michael provides hands-on leadership in innovation. With his entrepreneurial-mindset, Michael has recognized expertise in finding technical and business solutions.

Michael Backes

Michael Backes

Who are you?
I am Michael Backes and am from the US originally. I moved to Germany in 2009 after being in Holland for a couple of years. Since then, I've settled into Hamburg and started a family here. Outside of work, I just tend to learn new things as a hobby. This year I branched out from software into hardware, building out my smart home and making other things "smart".

What are you doing here?
Anything, although everyone seems to use me as a source of signatures.

How did you end up here?
I founded Liquid Labs with Paul back in 2012 and have been here since.

What do you do when you're not working?
Always building something.

What do you still want to do in your life?
Be part of creating the next wave of innovations.

What does a Managing Director do?

What exactly are your tasks as a Managing Director at Liquid Labs?
Anything and everything under the sun.

What is the best part of your work as a Managing Director?
The people succeeding in taking new concepts from whiteboard to reality. It's sometimes hard to get out of the way, but if you can, it creates very positive results.

What would be the things you rather skip when working as a Managing Director?
There are some administrative things that feel like a distraction, but you just have to live with it being that way.

Why do you do what you do?
The short answer is because I enjoy it.

What should one bring along to work as Managing Director?
A lot of patience, self-reflection, and the ability to take a step back from time to time in order to see the bigger picture.

You want to join Michael and the rest of the team? Have a look at our job offers!

Otto Group Digital Solutions

Die Otto Group Digital Solutions (OGDS) ist der Corporate Company Builder der Otto Group – mit dem Ziel, neue und attraktive Geschäftsmodelle im handelsnahen Dienstleistungsbereich zu identifizieren, aufzubauen und zu etablieren.