earthfaves AG was founded in 2007 by seven cosmopolitan connoisseurs with good taste, loads of passion, and a lot of professional experience in the areas of software development, design, web usability and the hospitality and travel industries. Their goal: to give people the chance to access all the locations that have ever been positively recommended by anyone they know—anytime, anywhere. earthfaves is the solution — the first global network and local search engine for favorite places and insider tips from your friends, their friends and experts you follow plus the first promoter relationship management software on Earth.
Markus D. Schneider, 40,
Co-Founder, CEO, VP Product Management
Markus studied both Spanish and English in Saarbrücken, Germany and Cádiz, Spain. He is a travel industry professional and an expert in Web 2.0, internet and recommendation marketing, as well as portals and search engines. With 12 years of experience in the travel and high-tech industries, and as a previous business owner, Markus has the skills and experiences to turn new challenges into successes. He is an e-business and networking veteran. His extranet-based distribution concept for Bucher Reisen led together with the booking engine itself he was responsible for 7 million Euros in additional sales – in 1999. After that, he started his first company, alba36.com, building vertical, topic-specific and high quality search engines. He then joined SAP Portals GmbH, later SAP AG, where he worked in content syndication, content partner management and as project manager. He loves chilling out at the Costa de la Luz with his family and friends, the Provence, the green forests of the Saarland, Mediterranean islands with turquoise waters, small hotels in great locations, lomo from Argentina, cooking his unique raspberry-goldenberry-kaki jam and preparing mustard-rum-marinated lamb loin on the Schwenker.
Barrett Conway, 31,
Co-Founder and VP Global Sales and Business Development
Barrett received a Bachelor of Science in International Business with a concentration in Management Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He attended Universität Hohenheim for a year in Stuttgart, Germany, as an international exchange student in their international business and German language program. Before graduating in 2001, he was involved in business development for Breakforth.com, a provider of internet hosting and business web applications. In 2002, he supported the product management rollout of the SAP ERP Financials solution during an internship at SAP AG. In 2003, he was offered a freelance editing position for SAP Global Marketing, Inc. Shortly thereafter, he was named managing editor for the global collateral team. Barrett loves taking long walks along the North Carolina coastline, loves mountain biking the hills of Heidelberg, loves throwing the Frisbee with friends, loves spicy food of all sorts, and especially loves great meals prepared by friends and family because being with people is what he loves most of all.
Markus Tetzlaff, 44, CTO
Markus holds a Masters in Computer Science from the Universität of the Saarland in Saarbrücken. For 11 years, he worked at the DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbrücken, where he was engaged in projects with Siemens AG, IDS Scheer AG and Empolis GmbH (Bertelsmann AG). Since 2006, he has worked as a freelance software engineer and web developer, the "Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik" among his clients. Markus’ passion is for fine art photography, which he also pursues professionally. He loves French goat cheese, Indian vegetarian food and walking through lush green forests.
Daniel Stötzer, 35, VP Engineering
Oliver Schneider, 37, VP Marketing and Creative Director
Oliver has a Masters in Art and Design from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Oliver was mainly involved in freelance design work; among his latest clients are O2 and Sony. He is also a freelance writer for PAGE Magazine, Germany’s leading magazine for design, advertising, and media. Oliver worked for gosub communications GmbH in Berlin, where he was responsible for customer relations with Nickelodeon, Ferrero, and ZDF. He also has many years of experience in Art Direction. At Heimat Werbeagentur GmbH, Berlin, Oliver successfully led projects for Nike, Hornbach, and Audi. Oliver has won many international design awards like the Gold & Bronze Medal at the New York Festivals, the Mobius Award in Los Angeles and several awards from the Art Directors Club (ADC) in Germany. Oliver likes homemade food from Italian grandmas, the paradisiac green hills of Sri Lanka, spicy Caribbean fish, old French restaurants and cafés, his own god-like Schnitzels, hidden backdoor clubs in Berlin and volcanoes.
Tim Klauck, 32, VP Usability and User Interface
Tim has a Masters in Psychology from the University of the Saarland in Saarbrücken. Since 1999, Tim is the Head of User Interface Design of Ergosign GmbH, a leading user interface design company, located in Saarbrücken, Hamburg and Munich. He has led numerous successful projects for international companies including Daimler, Credit Suisse and the European Patent Office. Tim has multiple years of experience developing interfaces for complex Web applications and portal technologies. He likes the Nauwieser Viertel in his hometown Saarbrücken, small restaurants in the Normandy, the pubs in the old town of San Sebastian and Italian espresso bars.
Thomas Krämer, 38, VP of Corporate Affairs
Tom, Attorney at Law, studied at the Universität of the Saarland in Saarbrücken,and in Cologne. Since 1999, he has been working as a product manager for Anwalt-Suchservice Dr. Otto Schmidt GmbH in Cologne, one of the biggest and most prestigious publishing houses for legal literature in Germany. The company provides a web-based service that specializes in attorney and lawyer search for clients and is one of Germany’s most prominent online attorney directories. Tom’s responsibilities at Anwalt-Suchservice include marketing, development, and strengthening of the brand image. Tom acts as our internal corporate attorney and VP of Corporate Affairs. Tom loves to walk at a Costa Rican beach, a big juicy steak in Buenos Aires, to speed at 40 km/h on Inlineskates at the Marathon in Berlin, the Dome of Cologne, the hedonistic crowd in Miami South Beach, the MoMa in NY when it rains and to listen to good House Music.
Together, the founding team has visited over 65 countries worldwide. They speak five languages fluently: German, English, Spanish, French and Swedish. The team possesses not only a solid portfolio of professional experience, but also an expansive network of contacts that truly allows it to work at the global level.
But that is not everything – more than 30 students and interns helped to build up earthfaves, many still work for earthfaves today if they find the time to do so during their studies. Some of them are in this nice picture:
This was last summer’s launch party for our current end user design, from left to right: Markus T. (Dev), Daniel (Dev), Markus S., Markus H.(Product Mgmt), Vanessa (Product Mgmt), Jana (Dev), Maria (Dev), Dominik (Dev), Miguel (Dev), Dorian (Dev), Eric, Rémi (Dev), Rick (Dev), Fabrice (Dev), Asis (Dev), Normen (Product Mgmt), Uwe, Marcus, Irina with Lucie, Sebi, Heike.