Team

We're not robots, corporate cowboys or basement hackers. We're just human beings. Like you. Or maybe there is a tiny robot hacker cowboy in all of us. You decide...

Niels Hartvig

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Niels is the founder of Umbraco and remains the project's heart and soul. Niels started Umbraco out of necessity but has maintained it out of love and  now Umbraco has a life far beyond his wildest dreams. Niels is the inspiration behind Umbraco's community focus, its dedication to quality, and  its no-compromise approach to simplicity. He can be found improving bits of core functionality as often as he can be found encouraging others to take Umbraco to its limit.

Other than spreading the Umbraco love, Niels spends time with his wife and three sons and reminisces about his days producing music with his now dust-collecting analogue synths.

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  hartvig@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: new business enquiries, Umbraco opportunities, head-honcho stuff!

Per Ploug Hansen

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Per admits he’s never had a non-Umbraco related job. After years of owning his own agency and working as an Umbraco freelancer, Per joined the HQ as partner in 2008. He has been involved in pretty much every part of the HQ, from recording videos, teaching courses and building add-on products. Today he prototypes and manages new Core features, Courier and umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) deployments.

Per lives in the Danish Alps with his wife and kids and is an phenomenal cocktail maker (specialising in Campari mixology of course)!

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  per@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: Courier, umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) deployment, Core

 

Tim Geyssens

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Tim is one of those developers who found Umbraco as a CMS solution to the hard-coding woes of agency web development. He was lucky enough to attend the first ever Umbraco course so is one of the original certified developers.

Tim drives the development of Umbraco Forms, shares his knowledge through his blog nibble.be and makes sure that umbraco.tv keeps the Umbraco community entertained and educated on the latest Umbraco topics and tutorials.

Tim lives with his girlfriend and daughter near Ghent in the land of chocolate, waffles and wheat beer: Belgium.

Location: Belgium

E-mail:  tim@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: Umbraco TV, Umbraco Forms

Paul Sterling

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Paul is a long-time web developer who found Umbraco love in 2006 when he immediately became a self-styled community evangelist. He joined the HQ in 2010 and works on umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service), our Gold Partner program, training, support and other initiatives at Umbraco HQ to improve products and help our community.

Paul is the go-to-guy to simply make your Umbraco experience as smooth as a good glass of red wine, which he enjoys when he isn’t busy running or being a web-geek. Golden combination in our opinion!

Location: USA

E-mail:  paul@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: partner enquiries, on-site training, support agreements

 

Morten Christensen

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With a Masters thesis about the adoption of Server Virtualization Morten is a man not to be messed with. Coming from a .NET agency background working for clients such as LEGO and Pandora Jewellery he is also a proud Dane and became part of the Umbraco community after his first CG in 2009.

Morten is known as one of the most active people in the Danish Umbraco community organising meetups and running the Copenhagen DotNet usergroup and Danish Azure usergroup. At the HQ he's our Azure Hero (and a Microsoft MVP!) spearheading development on umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service)   after doing a lot of ground work on the Core service layer – you could say he bridges the gap between Core and Umbraco.com

Morten speaks Portuguese, the mother tongue of his lovely wife Claudiane, boycotts the Campari for a good Caipirinha and loves playing LEGOs with his son Orlando.

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  morten@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: Azure, Danish community meetups, umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) development

Shannon Deminick

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Shannon has been writing code in his spare time since he was a teenager (when MIRC was the thing to do) and made a career of it the second he left college, but by no means fits the stereotype. Shannon is a man of prolific productivity and equally abundant wit. After flying the Umbraco flag at an Australian web agency and being an active core contributor, HQ scored when he agreed to joined the team full-time in 2011. His Umbraco credentials are of epic proportions as the creator of popular libraries Examine, Smidge, Articulate, UmbracoIdentity & ClientDependency, the original founder of uComponents and a Microsoft MVP.

Shan hails from Canada, spent 12 years in Australia and since CG 15 now lives locally in Copenhagen. Needless to say he loves to travel, spend time outdoors, surf (ironic!) and explore music as a guitar player, DJ and electronic music producer (in all that spare time).

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  shannon@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: all things Core development

 

Sebastiaan Janssen

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As the project manager of Umbraco Core, Seb brings the order to the organised chaos. He spends his days wrangling, herding and cracking the whip on our team of devs to make sure we deliver each release on time according to the roadmap.  Seb joined HQ after proving himself an Umbraco-Guru at various agencies in the Netherlands. He runs the MasterClasses in Denmark and offers a helping hand on Our for anyone who needs a little leg up. Sebastiaan keeps up with the science and tech news making sure we're all kept on our toes about what is happening in the industry.

When he’s not nerding out (rarely) he can be found riding his famous Brompton folding bicycle to check out the latest indie band. 

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  sebastiaan@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: Core releases and development, Danish MasterClasses and meetups

Andrew Barta

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Andrew is a recent university graduate with a degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing. He now works with Umbraco HQ on support management, Umbraco evangelism, and conducting North American MasterClasses. When he's not busy drying off from all the rain he can be found snowboarding, climbing mountains, mountain biking, or answering your calls and emails. Before joining the HQ Andrew had never heard of Umbraco, and now he's an expert at producing umbraco.tv videos, documentation, and answering questions.

He's still deciding which of the many tempting vices he'll choose as his downfall and shopping for the perfect tweed jacket.

Location: USA

E-mail:  andrew@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: support, North American Masterclasses, Umbraco TV and documentation

 

Stephan Gay

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As a child Stephan found it more interesting to tear apart video games and understand how they worked, rather than actually play them. After 6 years in IT at HP printers and 5 years as Tech Lead in various press and internet companies he turned back to his childhood curiosity to “do” rather than to “oversee”. When he started using Umbraco for a customer's project in 2008, Stephan naturally looked at what was under the hood. After declaring it "Completely Broken", he started to fix whatever he could fix, one bit at a time. As of 2014 Stephan joined HQ and now works primarily on Core architecture and development with Shannon.

Stephan lives in Paris with his wife and 4 fantastic kids and whenever possible takes to the Atlantic to sail or race his SL16 catamaran .

Location: France

E-mail:  stephane@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: Core architecture and development

Mads Rasmussen

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Mads is a web designer by trade who became intrigued by UI design and the magic world of javascript development so has devoted himself to mastering the two. Mads attended his first Code Garden before his first Umbraco installation and to no surprise has been a convert ever since.

Mads works on delivering the best back office experience for both editors and developers. Through wire-framing and rapid prototyping he lab tests new ideas, UI concepts and components to make workflows easier and Umbraco a joy to use.

At home Mads is spending time with his girlfriend and two wonderful kids. He is greatly passionate about real food and as an ex-hobby-electro-musician he is hoping to find his way back to the synths and funky beats.

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  mads@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: UI, workflow and usability of the back office

 

Michael Hyldsgaard

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Michael has been self-employed for about 15 years owning an IT Consultant business and a hosting company. With the arrival of children he packed up shop and got work as a web developer before joining the HQ in September 2014. Michael is the umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) server infrastructure guru, securing the foundations on which the entire project is built (the Atlas of Umbraco HQ).

When he isn’t building server infrastructure Michael is building new things in his garden and practices competitive shooting – a powerful man around HQ!

Location: Denmark

Email: michael@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: all things Azure and server environments including monitoring and reporting for umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service)

Mikkel Holck Madsen

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Mikkel is an Odense local with a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology. Working as a web developer for an Odense agency he earned a Sitecore MVP in 2013 and 2014, before seeking new challenges and jumping onto the Umbraco ship in late 2014 (scandal!).

At HQ Mikkel works on development of the umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) platform generally making it awesome.

Mikkel lives with his wife Joan and two daughters Ella and Asta where he admits he is a homeowner but an awful handyman and gardener – we can’t be good at everything right?

Location: Denmark

Email: mikkel@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: all things umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service)

 

Dennis Aaen

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Dennis is an educated multimedia designer and web developer with a background in frontend development and specialty in e-commerce. He has worked with Umbraco since 2010 becoming one of the most active members in the Umbraco community and nominated for Umbraco MVP in both 2014 and 2015. Dennis joins HQ as our “Support Hero” working with customer service on umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) and the Umbraco Core.

When not supporting the Umbraco community and being our customers savior Dennis loves to be with his friends, listen to music and watch football (BOTH kinds!).

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  dennis@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: support and customer service

Simon Busborg 

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Simon was swept away from his first ambition as a 3D animator by the lure of web development, dropping out of school and working his way through web development companies in Denmark. He drifted onto the Umbraco radar after organising the CondevDK conference in Odense (the biggest in the area until CG knocks it off the ladder in 2016!) and sharing the same values of community and collaboration. Simon joined HQ full time in 2014 as the “Magical Provider of Frontend Dust” marrying creative design with frontend development and pushing the limits to create what you see on Our, umbraco.com and the Code Garden identity and microsites.

Simon makes sure that the HQ has enough coffee beans, and that we listen to some great music. He openly admits he only sports a beard because he looks like a teenager without it.

Location: Denmark

E-mail: simon@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: all frontend wizardry and design queries

 

Rune Strand 

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Rune used to travel the world as a project manager but decided to start travelling the web instead as a multimedia design student.

Rune joined HQ as the first ever Umbraco Intern but soon graduated from both his studies and his Internship to become a full time employee as “Deluxe Documentation and Onboarding Hero”. He works on Our documentation, community recruitment and assisting with frontend bits and pieces to wow the Umbraco community.

Rune is the fitness example to the rest of HQ spending his time running, Crossfit training and inventing new ways to get injured playing football for the Umbraco Unicorns. His favourite beverage is Campari (of course!) but he’ll settle for some slow poured coffee or a strong IPA.

Location: Denmark

E-mail: rune@umbraco.dk

Hit him up for: Our documentation

Kris Deminick 

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A self-confessed digital addict, Kris joins Umbraco from 5 years in agency land where she was a Producer, Account Manager and Production Manager (read: process nerd!) across FMCG, Beauty, Tourism and Pharma categories. As "Wizard of Epic Communications and Public Relations" she spends her days promoting all the Umbraco stories and celebrating the community by delivering #hi5yrs

Kris first heard about Umbraco as her agency began using it for clients led by Tech Director, Shannon Deminick. Yes, the very same who now works tirelessly on the Umbraco Core. Play detective, connect the dots…. Kris is an Umbraco wife.

When she isn’t writing, gramming’ or talking, Kris is teaching Pilates, running, cooking and committing herself to the cause of health and wellbeing.

Location: Denmark

E-mail:  kris@umbraco.com

Hit her up for: marketing and communications, uNews, blog, social media

 

Mikkel West

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The second Mikkel joins Umbraco HQ for all things culture and showbiz. As the Founder of award-winning electronic music festival PHONO and a marketing and design graduate, Mikkel brings a creative whirlwind to HQ. In fact, his first project was arranging a rave party for Umbracos 10th birthday which was so successful it earned him a spot behind the scenes designing and shooting video for Code Garden 2015. Mikkel is now keeper of the creative keys for Code Garden 2016, resident video producer and cultural attaché du Umbraco.

Mikkel is a chess champion, champagne lover, fan of lasers, synthesizers and his 3-year old daughter Agnes.

Location: Denmark

Email: West@umbraco.com

Hit him up for: all things video production, Code Garden, culture and communications

Torben Rasmussen

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Torben joins the cast of HQ as Chairman of the Board aka “Cup Bearer.” Trustworthy and daring, he encourages and supports our beloved Chief Unicorn to realise his full potential and guides HQ through new territory. From a hugely successful career as board chairman, CEO and advisor Torben brings a wealth of expertise in managing company growth, streamlining business processes and expanding companies to become market leaders. As a specialist in IT and technology start-ups he understands what Umbraco stands for and lives life on the line to make sure we all stay true to its values through times of change. Yet most importantly with his common sense and business insight he draws out the best in us, farming the optimum potential of Umbraco.

A strong man both in and out of the board room, Torben loves NFL and wine and recently hit a personal best 180kg deadlift – The Umbraco Hulk!

Location: Denmark

 

Kirsten Salin

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Kirsten joined Umbraco when Niels operated out of a little office in the back of a small grocery store. Kirsten was thrown immediately into the deep end of the Umbraco pool but one of her many qualities is how well she handles chaos – and unexpected challenges! Kirsten is in charge of all financial matters big and small, ensuring budgets, billings and business runs like clockwork. Gentle but firm our “Mother” Kirsten always get what she needs! As a former teacher she is also trying patiently to get every member of HQ just as organized!

Kirsten is a huge wine lover, enjoys travelling, eating at Denmark’s best restaurants and spending time with her husband, two children and her cat Ramses.

Location: Denmark

Email: kirsten@umbraco.com

Hit her up for: Any financial queries

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