Michael C. Jakob

Product Manager, Software Engineer, Language Lover & Chocolate Fanatic

About

I am a recent graduate of ETH Zurich / Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an M.S. in Management / B.S. in Computer Science. I am particularly passionate about the intersection of business and technology, and hope to pursue a career that bridges the gap between product management, software engineering, and social impact. You can usually find me at a coffee shop in Boston with a chocolate chip cookie in one hand and a latte in the other. Let's talk!

Experience

I was previously an Associate Product Manager at UBS Switzerland for 6 months in 2016. I launched a video advisory system to connect wealthy clients with their UBS relationship manager over a high-quality, highly secure video channel. After managing the proof-of-concept, I persuaded UBS top-management to roll-out this new advisory channel to all clients in Switzerland.

Since last summer, I am a co-founder at schweizerdeutsch-lernen.ch , Switzerland's leading online language school by active students. I tested the demand with interviews, A/B tests and usability tests. Over the course of 3 months, I led a team of 10 to develop the online membership platform; curate video, text, and audio studying materials; launch an Android app; write an Amazon best-selling book.

Within 12 months after the Android OS launch, I developed and launched King of Math . King of Math was the first math app in the Google Play Store and the first app ever to gamify mathematics. With more than 5'000'000 active users to date, it is the most loved math app in the world.

As a Lead Product Manager at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , I lead a team of 5 engineers to develop the research software Simergy , which benchmarks different electrical vehicle charging strategies. Personal main responsibilities included organizing weekly team meetings, agendas, goals, facilitating team communications, integrating product subsystems, and maintaining the overall product schedule (6 months, $5000).

Campus Involvement

In 2017 and 2018, I am the Delegate and US Collegiate Coordinator for MIT iMUSE (International Mutual Understanding Through Student Exchange). I co-organized the 2017 summer session held in Beijing in July with Tsinghua University and Beijing University with 30 delegates from China and the United States. I worked with U.S. delegates from MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley and was awarded "best participate for outstanding performance" during the final project presentations at the summer session. On behalf of MIT China Development Initiative, I will co-direct the iMUSE winter session in Cambridge, MA in January, 2018.

From 2014 to 2015, I was President of the HaDiKo student dormitory, Germany's biggest self-administered student dormitory with almost 1000 students. I lead a community of undergraduates passionate about entrepreneurship, global citizenship and language learning. Additionally, I was leading HaDiKo execs to perform daily operational tasks, house events, and outreach to the greater KIT community.

As a Residential Entrepreneurship Consultant for the ETH Entrepreneur Club, I mentored and accompanied 5 startups from ideation to product launch over 6 months. I organized weekly meetings and provided contacts to newspapers, city governments and established contacts with two Fortune 500 companies (Bayer and PepsiCo).

Projects

Swiss-German
Spring 2017
As part of the Swiss-German online language school I have founded one year ago, I re-engineered the landingpage, membership-platform and blog to increase conversion rates, and thus profit by 350 % from one month to another.

10 seconds
Fall 2015
A popular website to train mental math skills in preparation for recruiting interviews.

Direct3D
Spring 2014
As an introduction to C++ for game programmers, I wrote a program to create beautiful 3D terrains in Direct3D 11.

King of Math
Spring 2010
The world's first and most-downloaded mental math trainer for Android. The app was translated to 16 languages.