We started as team of two-founders to re-invent the life insurance journey …
… And we are now a passionate bunch of ambitious, multicultural, like-minded insurance industry professionals, tech cracks and entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating technical solutions to help individuals make informed financial decisions.
Jonas has more than 10 years of experience in leading technical teams and over 20 years in software development. In his previous role as a head of development/operations of a major Swiss retail bank, he successfully introduced DevOps & Agile, reduced costs with automation, integrated start-up solutions into core banking systems and automated Avaloq development and cloud infrastructure. Jonas holds a PhD in Computer Science with a focus on Big Data and is a seasoned Software Architect and DevOps/automation specialist – greatly enjoying solving technical problems and helping others navigate complexity.
Fun fact: Jonas worked on a llama farm for two months.
Michael has over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry. Most recently he was responsible for the global life product & innovation portfolio at Allianz SE in Munich. Previously, Michael successfully built up and led product development and fund management teams for a top tier Swiss insurer and has a proven track record in international management, business development, strategy, marketing and innovation in the insurance sector. A macroeconomist by training, he started his career in economic research in banking. Michael is fluent in 5 languages.
Fun fact: Michael used to be a Drum & Bass DJ and loves tinkering with old cars.
Sandro spent most of his professional career in business management as well as strategy and business development roles for one of the leading global universal banks. When seeking personal life risk coverage advice for his family, he got referred to insurance consultant Daniel - with whom Sandro eventually launched vlot in 2017. Sandro holds a Master of Arts degree in Banking and Finance and is a former Swiss vice champion in road-ultra-cycling category team of two (together with Daniel).
Fun fact: Sandro never ever would have imagined to launch a start-up venture with his insurance advisor.
As the owner of an insurance broker company in Switzerland, Daniel has gained extensive knowledge in the area of corporate and private insurance advisory and solutions. He offered consulting services to mortgage brokers, trustees and large SMI-quoted corporates. This has led to a deep understanding of social security systems and group benefit structures, which was one of the drivers to found vlot. Daniel is a former Swiss vice champion in road ultra-cycling category team of two (together with Sandro).
Fun fact: After launching vlot, Daniel quickly realized that defending his European Champion title in 24-hours non-stop mountain biking was not in reach anymore.
Michèle started her professional life in gastronomy and early on complemented her day-to-day working experience with relevant education, including a degree in Hotel Management. Later on, Michèle moved into the banking industry as an Office Manager for Barclays Bank in Zurich. In this role, she was taking responsibility for smooth office (and events) running with on the ground staff of up to 50 people. Upon the birth of her second daughter, Michèle took a deserved break from work – to then picking it up again with a part-time position at vlot.
Fun fact: Michèle made it into a full-page article of the newspaper NZZ, giving an interview about her chipmunk called Peanut.
Asma is a polyvalent and adaptable project manager with several years of project management and process excellence experience in diverse industries - most recently leading a team of Brokerage experts in one of the largest global logistics companies. Asma speaks 4 languages and has both studied and worked in 3 different countries. Reinforced by her communication studies at IHECS Belgium, she puts special emphasis on communication in her day to day work and practices a strong agile mindset.
Fun fact: Asma’s dad was a hardworking hotel director, and one summer her parents decided they should stay at the hotel where he works during the peak season to have more family time. They ended up staying there for 13 years.
Benjamin has 6 years of experience in software engineering. After studying computer science, he worked as a front-end developer at a Swiss bank. Benjamin evolved into a full-stack developer and most recently took on pipeline tasks. Benjamin holds a bachelor degree in computer science.
Fun fact: At the age of 16, Benjamin was photographed for an advertising campaign and since then has been driving through Switzerland on several trucks belonging to a small logistics company.
Linus has 5 years of experience in software engineering. After he finished his apprenticeship at a large swiss pharmaceutical company, he continued working there as a web developer for another 3 years. Linus is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the FHNW where he is going to graduate this year.
Fun fact: After winning the SwissSkills Championship in 2017, Linus was not allowed to participate in the WorldSkills in 2019 because he was less than half a month too old.
Maurice has 3 years of experience in software engineering. He started his career at a Swiss insurance company where he worked as a front-end developer. During his apprenticeship, Maurice had the opportunity to participate in a three-week internship in Shanghai and gain valuable insights into the Chinese culture. He currently works as a full-stack developer and studies computer science part-time.
Fun fact: At the age of 11, Maurice was on television with the then Mister Switzerland. Afterwards, it was clear that neither a Mister Switzerland title nor a modelling career would be an aspiring goal in life for him.