The founders & brothers Herri & Alex grew up with in total four brothers on a farm in the countryside in a small community called Amelunxen in East Westphalia. Both founders have used every opportunity since they were able to work as waiter, at the assembly line and anything else which helped them to fund their life.
Both attended the Brede school in Brakel, which was church-sponsored and Alexander received his Abitur in 2005 and Herri his Abitur in 2009. On vacation in Colombia in 2016, Alex pitched the idea of PINPOOLS to Herri and both were immediately on fire.
Alexander had the dream of founding his own company since childhood. In 2005 he started studying economics at the University of Cologne. During his studies he worked in Australia for logistics company DB Schenker, in India for the underwear manufacturer Triumph, in Cologne for GS1 in management consulting and in Düsseldorf at Vion Food he wrote his thesis on customer intimicy.
During his studies, he founded his first company a plastic extrusion from scratch. It was there that he became aware of the complexity of the ordering process for raw materials in the chemical industry. His first company enabled him to advance PINPOOLS with a seed investment.
After studying economics and IT-management, Heribert-Josef Lakemeyer worked in a management consultancy and gained experience in various IT projects. His master theses covered different theories how to match demand and supply in a platform economy. Through this experience, he takes over the after sales and technical part within the sibling duo. In the summer of 2016 Alexander and Heribert founded PINPOOLS, first with the idea of a platform for semi-finished products and then with the step back in the value chain to the raw materials.
Peter is a co-founder and former Managing Director of trivago in charge of Technology. In 2016 trivago went public at NASDAQ. He is one of the few people in the European startup ecosphere able to bridge the gap between business and technology, having a background in both. Earlier, he worked as interim CTO at several companies to help troubleshoot their challenges. Peter is a co-founder of Ciao where he also was CTO.
Herbert is a co-founder and former CEO of Itelligence AG. Today Itelligence AG has a turnover of 1 bn Euro and more than 9000 employees and 25 locations across the globe. Their core business are SAP Solutions. Today Itelligence AG is part of the NTT DATA Network.