Meet the team 🚀
Christian Nicolai Thiesen
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Christian is our smiling digital wiz kid and CEO. He is a serial entrepreneur, digital designer, business admin and self-taught full-stack developer. He is a black coffee lover to the bone, and you'll rarely meet him without a cup of coffee in his hand and a huge smile on his face. He loves his cat Stanley and all things digital. In fact, he loves it so much you will often hear him refer to his work as a computer game. And speaking of computer games, as a kid Christian was actually the best Ultima Online player in Europe. That is until some dude sent him a back door virus via ICQ and hacked his entire account.
Junior Marketing & Operations Manager
Inesa is our number-loving Digital Business and Marketing assistant. She is crazy about data, charts and graphs, but backpacking is her biggest passion. If you need tips & tricks for travelling alone, she’s the one you go to. When she isn’t busy crunching numbers or travelling the world, she plays piano, takes pictures or cook. If you’re hungry, ask her for food - she always has some. Inesa just finished her bachelor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and her goal in life is to help young entrepreneurs grow. She always tries to improve herself and spend time being as productive as possible. She stopped watching movies and series, but you can almost always find her reading a psychological thriller or psychology book.
Niek van Riel
Niek is our dynamic, lively, and ‘always up for a laugh’ Operations Manager with a flair for business and entrepreneurship. In his previous life, he inspired young minds as a teacher in the outback of Australia. The harsh, unforgiving landscapes (and animal encounters) of the outback included loads of thrilling, exciting, and unusual adventures. Niek is also addicted to the ocean, so much so he became (in yet another previous life) a scuba diving instructor in Thailand. Diving with whale sharks and turtles was just part of the everyday experience living on a small tropical island, but don’t be fooled; it was back-breaking work lugging scuba tanks every day! Niek has many extraordinary stories to tell so don’t be afraid to ask about them. At home, Niek likes to cook Asian-inspired dishes, brew kombucha, enjoy craft beer and keep active by running and playing volleyball. Niek brings a vast array of knowledge from numerous life experiences and isn’t afraid of a little hard work. A perfect recipe for the team at Cuttles!
This is our chummy, cheery, and super brainy mascot, Cuttles. He is the best digital business helper you’ll ever meet. He learned everything he knows from his cousin, Clippy, but he is much better at his job than his cousin ever was (don’t tell Clippy we said that) He has a big heart and is always ready to lend a helping hand. When Cuttles is not busy helping our customers build startups or cheering our team on, he enjoys beating his buddies, Seastar and Turtle, in a game of chess or strolling around the seabed.
Past team members 💨
They helped make Cuttles what it is today
Startup Success Manager
Karen was our idea-loving, cheery Startup Success Manager. She has a huge crush on creativity, growth and development - and the people behind it! Getting from idea to implementation is her specialty and her hard-working spirit led her to become Head of Retail at her previous job at just 22. Karen never faces a problem that can't be solved, or a challenge that can't be turned into a strength. When you have a bad day, she will happily summon the sun to shine on you. Navigating chaos makes her sparkle, and she’s equipped with 8 efficient arms that will always steer you safely to harbor. She loves to laugh, eat mind-blowing cuisine and play the bass. No matter what she throws herself into, she rocks with both heart and mind. Karen also has three dogs, one of which is named after the one and only Barbara Streisand.
Chief Communications Officer
Julie was our happy office enthusiast and CCO. She is a passionate marketer, who loves digital learning, communication - and most of all spaghetti. If you know how to make a killer carbonara, you’ve already won her heart! She’s a people person, never-ending optimist and will laugh at any joke you throw at her - even the worst, honestly. Besides being very lovable, Julie enjoys ice cold beer and helping out her friends. She has a background in communication and as a business coach and always want everyone to reach their full potential. Her entire package makes her the perfect fit for all our communication, customer relations and inbound marketing here at Cuttles.
Frontend Developer Intern
Judy was our task crunching frontend developer. She is passionate about product development and a code geek at heart. She is naturally curious and perpetually working on improving her skills one coding problem at a time. Whenever she is not coding, she is busy exploring the outdoors or in the kitchen making some bomb recipes come to life. She is a people person and loves lending a helping hand whenever she can. She has volunteered in various Red Cross projects and finds a lot of peace in giving back to the community.
Marketing and Social Media Intern
Giulia was our chatty marketing and social media intern. Homemade movies, cold beer and sunny days are her favorite things. Directly out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she loves the beach, doing yoga and chilling with her friends. She is a converted vegetarian and eats falafel everyday - really. She also loves plants, sewing and embroidering. Since her previous job as journalist and copywriter, Giulia has been crazy about Twitter. In fact, if she could, she would prefer to write most things in less than 140 characters, but still always aims at writing clear and interesting content.
Business Development Assistant
Nicole used to be our Business Development Assistant and the yoga guru at our office. Besides always bringing a certain calm to the people around her, she is a badass researcher and always brings new valuable insights to the table. She is from Germany but moved to Copenhagen to study her master's in innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also a keen traveler and is always ready for her next adventure out and about in the big, wide world.
Chief Communication Officer
Jacques is our energetic, high-spirited and compassionate CCO that loves cracking jokes – especially in stressful times. He has a strong entrepreneurial mindset and loves innovation, business and design. At 13 years old, he and his brother self-financed a pingpong table by selling cherries and flipping Spice Girls cards. He loves producing funky tunes, especially generic hip-hop beats and ambient house music. He also enjoys playing football, meditating and reading poorly written self-help books. Jacques previously founded Banana Cph, a soft-serve company that up-cycles waste bananas from the retail sector. He knows everything there is to know about bananas and claims he can take apart - and reassemble - a soft-serve machine with one hand only. All of this makes him the perfect person to help our startups grow.
Our Board of Directors
Christian Brix Tillegreen
Lead Enthusiast & Chairman
Christian is our high-spirited, business savvy Chairman of the board. When he’s not helping us work out strategies to grow Cuttles, he builds biotech ventures at the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s incubator, BioInnovation Institute. Christian is a next-level networker and a complete biotech geek. If you ever meet him, all you have to do is mention the word Enzymes, and you’ll have him blabbering for the next couple of hours, at least. As our Chairman, Christian especially contributes with a ton of knowledge in startup development and first-hand insights into the incubator and accelerator world, which helps us build products that create genuine value for all our customers.
Niels Otto Thiesen
Lead Ethics & Board Member
Niels is our ever-caring, always supportive beacon of morality and good vibrations. But don't be fooled! As caring as he is, you should never mess with his backhand. Niels is a brilliant tennis player. Like, winner of 7 Danish championships and one European championship brilliant. When he's not out smashing tennis balls, he loves backing young entrepreneurs with big ambitions, which has led him on exciting adventures from time to time. Like when he decided to help a young entrepreneur launch his idea for a review site and ended up co-founding Trustpilot. Niels is a valuable asset to Cuttles and our board because he always has Cuttles’ and our team’s best interests at heart. On a side note, Niels is also our CEO Christian's dad and he makes a mean lasagne.
Christian Nicolai Thiesen
Lead Cuttles & Board Member
Located in wonderful Copenhagen
We picked our location to maximize our team's enjoyment and grow our business in one of the best cities of the world. Copenhagen is known to be one of the greatest cities to live and work in. The city has a thriving tech industry, an inspiring startup environment and probably everything else you need to have a great time both when you're on and off work. Just around the corner from our office we have the best restaurants, some of the finest coffee shops in the world, beautiful, green public spaces and a great cultural scene. There's really no place quite like Copenhagen, especially on those long summer nights. Come visit us. We bet you'll agree!