think-cell is the de facto standard when it comes to professional presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint. Since the company is completely independent from any strategic or financial investors and highly profitable, we can fully concentrate on improving our existing software and innovating new products.
To continuously meet the demands of our customers with a product that is expertly tailored to their needs, we make no compromises with regard to code quality. Our software developers are accomplished experts in their field. We give them room for cutting-edge ideas and solutions, and we only release our software once it is ready.
Here is how think-cell came to be:
During his PhD studies in Computer Graphics at Georgia Institute of Technology Arno Schödl spends some time at Microsoft Research and McKinsey. There he faces the problem of slide production from both sides of the coin: as a software engineer and as an expert user.
Arno contacts Markus Hannebauer – a former schoolmate and Artificial Intelligence researcher at Fraunhofer – with the idea to join forces and apply their research findings to make slide production more efficient.
Within a few weeks, Markus raises money from private and public sources to cover the development costs for the first product and think-cell comes to life.
think-cell wins the 2002 Berlin StartUp award by Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband, McKinsey, Stern and ZDF.
think-cell quickly develops the charting package think-cell chart. The German branch of a leading strategy consulting firm becomes our first customer and is still an important mentor today.
Revenues keep growing in 2004, but the real break-through is in 2005, when several consulting firms become customers and internationalization takes place. Also, client organizations pick up the best practices from their consultants and order larger numbers of licenses themselves.
Without much marketing effort, news about the benefits of our software spread by word-of-mouth. According to Deloitte, think-cell becomes one of the fastest growing software companies in Germany and takes 1st place in the Rising Star awards.
A five-year revenue growth of 3,154% makes think-cell number four in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Germany.
We start funding and participating in the standardization of our preferred programming language.
We become the key sponsor of Meeting C++ – Europe's largest C++ conference – and invite 50 students to join free of charge.
Markus is responsible for managing the company and building long-term relationships with our customers. He oversees Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations and Finance.
Before founding think-cell, Markus was a project manager at Fraunhofer. Markus studied computer science and business and holds a doctoral degree from Technical University Berlin with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.
Arno is responsible for the design, architecture and development of all our software products. He oversees think-cell's R&D team, Quality Assurance and Customer Care.
Before founding think-cell, Arno worked at Microsoft Research and McKinsey. Arno studied computer science and management and holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Computer Graphics.