Caitlin works on the podcast and copy at Blinkist. She’s been writing for digital – agency side and freelance – for more than a decade. Caitlin studied English and Spanish literature and has lived in a handful of countries, where she’s eaten all the delicious things and picked up odd lexical delights.
Caitlin’s recommended read is Just Listen by Mark Goulston
Tom is a writer and editor at Blinkist. He is from the North of England and is Blinkist’s designated Tea Master. He holds a degree in Political History and Museum Studies from Newcastle University. Tom works with Blinkist’s team of readers, helping them extract the key insights from nonfiction books.
Tom’s recommended read is The Black Jacobins by C.L.R James
Therese is a Video Producer at Blinkist and a writer for Blinkist Magazine. She is passionate about sustainability and writes a monthly column on the topic.
She attributes her love for nature to growing up in northern Sweden amid vast spruce and pine forests and underneath the Northern lights. Therese studied Business & Marketing at Stockholm School of Economics.
Therese’s recommended read on Blinkist is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
Emily (of Blinkist newsletter fame) can confirm that she is, indeed, a very real person. A person who voices Blinkist communications, a curator who helps people find the best stuff to read, and a Martha who occasionally bakes cakes to win favor among her colleagues.
Emily’s recommended read is The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
Sarah leads brand marketing at Blinkist. She enjoys reading, writing, and researching publishing innovations. She is a fan of well-organised Google Docs and cheese jokes.
Sarah’s recommended read is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
As Content Marketing intern, Melissa is our resident authority on UTM links, Instagram and post-apocalyptic click-worthy questions. Currently based in Berlin, Melissa is pursuing a BA in International Business. She speaks fluent English, French, Turkish and dabbles in German. When not working at Blinkist, you can find her curled up in the sun reading Knausgård.
Melissa’s recommended read is What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Erik is an editor and writer at Blinkist. He’s studied a bunch of different languages, some living, some dead, and holds an M.A. in Translation Studies from Gothenburg University. When no one’s looking he secretly scours the Internet for rare books.
Sandra Wu is a content ninja who believes in using great content to drive growth. A native of Toronto, she’s made her way to the European startup capital to relish in this truly entrepreneurial environment. Sandra’s recommended read is Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
Michael is a writer, editor, and lifelong geek living in San Diego, California. He’s been writing for print and digital publications for more than a decade. When not at a keyboard, he can usually be found biking around the beach, staring at a cinema screen, or buried in a good book.
Tim Metz is the co-founder of Saent, the world’s first smart device and app designed to help you focus, do great work, and live a more fulfilling life. You can download the app for free. Tim lives and works from Beijing, China, and writes regularly about productivity, work-life balance, and entrepreneurship. You can follow him on Twitter.
Ben Hughes is the head of content at Blinkist, a service that lets you read the key lessons from the latest and greatest nonfiction books in 15 minutes or less. Ben is a former management consultant with a background in corporate strategy, psychology and applied maths.
Johanne Schwensen is a psychologist. She writes on the human mind, self-help, negotiation, and happiness. Johanne practices therapy in the heart of Berlin and organizes various psychology-related activities and discussions in the city.
Sebastian is cofounder at Blinkist, a service that feeds curious minds key insights from non-fiction books. As Blinkist’s Editor-in-Chief, he specializes in distilling complex concepts from great books into smart, beautiful language.
Francesco is an avid fan of productivity apps and sharing his recommendations via YouTube and his Medium blog. He works for start-ups Newton & FlashSticks while completing his university degree. He loves walking, running and spending time in independent coffee shops.
Clare Wieck is Content Quality Lead and the Blinkist Minute minder at Blinkist. She sometimes misses the days when people hacked into the mainframe and rapped about sucker-MCs. She’s also a musician, holds a degree in psychology and identifies as either a New Zealander or Englander, depending on the occasion.
Florent is an lifelong learner, a pragmatic dreamer and a dedicated writer. Originally born and raised in the Bordeaux vineyards, he is currently completing his M.A. in Entrepreneurship and Strategy in Lisbon. Passionate about social initiatives, personal growth and the creative process in general, he naturally fell in love with Blinkist.
Saba Khalid is a Pakistani journalist living between Karachi and Berlin. She’s been working on women empowerment in her country through her website Aurat Raaj. Her dog Travis, a strong cup of coffee and planning her next big vacation get her through the day!
Conor is a freelance writer and translator living in Berlin. He likes traveling, bikes, rap music, and tacos. His work has been published on Matador Network, Serious Eats, Sprudge, and others. Find more of his work at conororourke.com.
Sinead is a freelance writer and fashion stylist from Dublin. She has seriously itchy feet, a love for language learning and a total true crime buff.
Holger Seim is co-founder & CEO at Blinkist, a service that lets users read the key lessons from the best nonfiction books in 15 minutes or fewer. At Blinkist, he focuses on growth and business development.
Traci Kim is a freelance writer and editor from Chicago currently living in Berlin. She’s worked with fledglings out of the Start-Up Chile program in Santiago, as well as various independent publishers of fiction and poetry. When not writing, she’s usually eating something delicious.
Alex is a writer and translator from Berlin. His translation studies compensated him for not getting into journalism, because they took him places, making him fall in love with almost everything Spanish. He works for Blinkist’s content, marketing and magazine teams and still can’t believe he is getting paid for writing and translating fun stuff for a company full of genuinely friendly people and learning something new every day.
Alex’s recommended read is On the Wild Side by Martin Büsser.
Rosie Allabarton is a freelance writer and editor living in Berlin. Her writing covers a broad range of subjects, but in particular she enjoys exploring ideas around education, employment, and women in the workplace. She is also a published poet and enthusiastic disco dancer.
Jennifer Duffy is currently studying for her MA in Art History, Collections and Curating in University College Dublin. She also works as a freelance tour guide and writer.
Jennifer Parris is a Career Writer for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time, or alternative schedules. To learn more about Jennifer, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet @flexjobs.
Ronan is an Irish based freelance writer and radio producer who has too many interests for his own good. He’s usually found pontificating in Dublin cafes.
Rosamund is from Eastern England and has been living in Berlin since 2014. In addition to writing, she is a translator from German and French. She enjoys making hummus, taking in the sweet smell of new books and magazines, and trying to achieve an optimal balance of lived-in and minimalistic in her flat.
Fionnuala studied philosophy and psychology and is now a freelance writer living in Berlin. She loves cinema, saxophones, and swimming in the sea. What’s her magic? Rollerblading.
Joshua is a writer and photographer often found wandering the Seattle area with a hat on his head, a camera or two on his neck, and a notebook in his pocket.
Joshua recommends checking out Cal Newport’s Deep Work.”
Kelly Chase is an Aaptiv trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP, IIN who is trained in over 100 dietary theories and life coaching techniques. She helps people through a combination of nutrition education and physical training and creates a unique “roadmap to health” for every person she coaches. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients find the food and exercise that helps them become their best selves.
Natallia is the Podcast Production Assistant at Blinkist. After completing a degree in Linguistics in Belarus, she moved to Australia to study Journalism and ended up pursuing Media and Sound Design in Germany. Natallia is also a musician who loves to play instruments during her peak creativity time — at night. Her neighbors wish she played chess.
Before joining Blinkist as a recruiting and employer branding intern, Thori studied Psychology in her native country, Iceland, and Business Psychology in Edinburgh. She used to surf back home and snowboards whenever she gets the chance, dreaming of warmer places. The cat is her spirit animal and her real name is Þórunn Þórðardóttir.
Robyn is a writer, editor, and curator at Blinkist — and owner of the office’s heartiest laugh. She studied Linguistics, along with Japanese Literature and Film Studies in Berlin, Tokyo, and Oxford. She is obsessed with the color combo of mustard & teal. One fine day, she plans to retire to Sri Lanka.
Robyn’s favorite read is Hunger by Roxane Gay.
Robyn S. Kerkhof Robyn ist leitende Redakteurin und Kuratorin bei Blinkist – und gesegnet mit dem herzlichsten Lachen des Büros. Sie hat Linguistik, Japanologie sowie Film- und Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin, Tokio und Oxford studiert, und ist vernarrt in die Farbkombo Petrol & Senfgelb. Ihr Masterplan: Eines Tages nach Sri Lanka auswandern.
Robyns Lieblingsbuch ist Das geheime Leben der Bäume von Peter Wohlleben.
Quinton O’Reilly is a freelance technology writer living in Dublin, Ireland. When he’s not deciphering technology trends, he likes to go running, read fiction, and perform improv shows.
Juan is a Berlin-based writer and editor, whose work covers a wide range of subjects, from the First World War to Artificial Intelligence and the future of work. He is an avid reader, an amateur painter, a prolific curator of Spotify playlists, and holds a degree in History and English from Humboldt University, Berlin.
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including Fast Company, Fortune, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at lauravanderkam.com.
Fiona is a lover of all things creative. Born in Germany and raised in Scotland, when she is not writing and earning a living she will usually be collaborating on theatre projects, playing and listening to music or taking way too many photos. A lover of adventures, she feels most at home in the great outdoors. She is a believer in the power of friendliness.
Srinivas Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast. He’s also the author of three books: The Art of Being Unmistakable, Unmistakable: Why Only is Better than Best and most recently, An Audience of One.
Glenn Elliott is founder and Debra Corey is group reward director of Reward Gateway, a world leader in integrated employee engagement technology with more than 1,800 clients worldwide. Elliott and Corey’s new book, Build it: The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement, highlights practical improvements that organizations can make to build a highly engaged company culture.
Learn more at www.rebelplaybook.com.
Vincent is Blinkist’s in-house Data Analyst & Mindfulness Ambassador. He runs meditation sessions in Blinkist HQ twice a week.
Vincent’s recommended read is Thoughts Without A Thinker by Mark Epstein.
Robert Greene is an author and speaker. His books, including The 48 Laws of Power, Master, and The Art of Seduction, have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the world. Along with business leaders, Greene’s books have inspired politicians, musicians, historians, and many others.
Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of Trust Me I’m Lying and The Obstacle Is The Way, is a media strategist, marketer, and entrepreneur. His media strategies have been used as case studies by Google, YouTube and Twitter. Holiday has written 6 books on topics from media manipulation to ancient philosophy and The New York Times credits him with bringing Stoicism—an ancient Greek school of philosophy—back to modern popularity. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Manon Steiner studierte Literatur- und Medienwissenschaft in Wien, Marseille und London. Ihr früheres Leben als Musikjournalistin führte sie 2016 nach Berlin. Heute unterstützt sie dort vor allem Startups in verschiedenen kreativen Bereichen. Unter dem Künstlernamen Vagabond Manon schreibt sie außerdem auf ihrem Blog über unterschiedliche Perspektiven der Gegenwart, neue Arbeitsweisen, Trends und berufliche Erfüllung.
Seth Godin is an author and entrepreneur, best known for his popular marketing blog. To date, he’s written 19 books, several of which became New York Times bestsellers. Having started his first marketing job at 12, Seth Godin became a multi-millionaire author, speaker, and content creator, who now teaches innovative marketing trends and successfully transforms businesses worldwide.
Isabella is a writer, editor and content manager at Blinkist. She likes humans, politics, and, well, that’s actually it. But she’s also responsible for sharing random potato facts.
So, whenever you’re in need of some spud knowledge, talk to her.
Tom is a Content Marketing Manager at Blinkist. He’s particularly bad at foosball, but quite good at pub quizzes. When not writing or reading, he’s either riding motorcycles, playing the guitar or getting lost discovering a new part of Berlin.
Disha is the content crafter at Convert.com. She’s passionate about CRO, invested in learning more about marketing and committed to at least 2000 words of great writing, every day.
Dennis van der Heijden
Co-founder and CEO of Convert.com is passionate in building communities that care. Heavy Blinkist user with over 700+ books-in-blinks read and trying to make that happen inside and outside Convert. He loves working with his team to make their A/B testing software better for agencies and e-commerce customers.
Lisa studiert Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation an der Universität der Künste, erst im Bachelor, jetzt im Master of Arts. Denn gute Kommunikation ist wahrlich eine Kunst. In ihrer Zeit beim Neue Narrative Magazin schrieb sie Artikel, die von einer lebensdienlichen Wirtschaft erzählen und aus der Welt der New Work berichten. Für ihre Masterarbeit wird Lisa ausnahmsweise mehr Fiktion als Sachbücher lesen – beides bereichert das Leben, findet sie.
Charlotte Zink ist Absolventin der Kölner Journalistenschule für Politik und Wirtschaft. Bis 2017 arbeitete sie als Chefin vom Dienst bei Focus Online in München. Heute lebt sie in England und schreibt als freiberufliche Journalistin für verschiedene Publikationen, darunter Focus Online, die Welt und die Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Themenmäßig liegt ihr Fokus dabei vor allem auf Panorama-Geschichten, Unterhaltungs- und Bildungsthemen. Charlotte liebt an ihrem Job, dass er nie langweilig wird. Diesen Anspruch stellt sie auch an Ihre Geschichten.
Laura Dowling Grealish is the co-author, with M. Tamra Chandler, of Feedback (and Other Dirty Words: Why We Fear It, How To Fix It). She is a lead consultant at PeopleFirm known for her passion and conviction for optimizing human potential by bringing the human back into the workplace.
Alice is co-founder and General Manager at the web development company behind the productivity app, focus booster (www.focusboosterapp.com). Described in three words, Alice loves the beach, bubbles (of the champagne variety) and books, not necessarily in that order.
Ines is a Podcast Working Student at Blinkist, and working towards her Masters Degree in Media Psychology. She’s at her happiest when she’s swimming in a lake, cooking with friends or immersed in a new creative project.
Amanda Cormier is the Head of Content at Clue, where her team produces information about menstrual health that they publish on the web, in the Clue app, and through a podcast called Hormonal.
Basim is the User Research Lead at Blinkist where he advocates for experiences that put people first. On weekends you can find him browsing Simpsons memes and struggling to run 10 km.
Temi is Director of Design at Blinkist. In a career spanning over 10 years, her experience has run the gamut of digital design from product design for ambitious start-ups and corporations to creative work for household brands. These days, you can find her happily heading up the design team at Blinkist. When she’s not leading the team and writing bios, she’s drinking too much coffee, trying not to eat her bodyweight in sweets and taking photos around Berlin.
Eva is a Product Designer at Blinkist where she’s focusing on the users’ learning journeys. After work she’s spending most of her time cuddling her furry dog, creating art and listening to good tunes. Taking dance lessons here and there too.
Christina studierte zwar politische Kommunikation in Berlin, kommunizierte dann aber doch lieber unpolitisch: Sie arbeitete mehr als vier Jahre lang beim Start-Up-Giganten Delivery Hero und brachte als Brand Managerin und Texterin bei pizza.de Pizza und Burger an die Massen. Seit Ende 2019 arbeitet sie als freiberufliche Texterin für Start Ups aus verschiedenen Branchen und liebt es, sich in ganz unterschiedliche Themen einzuarbeiten.
Milica supports leadership and people development at Blinkist, helping our leaders and teams unlock their full potential. She loves hacking into how things work and finding ways to make them better. She’s inspired by smart design — a combo of beauty, functionality, and purpose, above all.
Deb is part of the People team. Her mission is to help Blinkist grow. When she’s not in the office, you can find her philosophizing about the meaning of life while savoring an ice cream or a vegan donut somewhere in Kreuzberg.
Julia ist Kommunikationswissenschaftlerin und Yogalehrerin aus Norddeutschland. Sie schreibt als freie Texterin für Unternehmen, Blogs, Medienverlage und Literaturmagazine. Wenn sie nicht gerade an neuen Ideen tüftelt, reist sie meistens rund um den Globus, auf der Suche nach der neuesten Geschichte, dabei immer ein gutes Buch in der Hand. Ihr liebstes Sachbuch ist Big Magic von Elizabeth Gilbert.
Vilma works in the People Experience team at Blinkist. She is passionate about human interaction and the sauna. In her free time, her Finnish roots guide her to
avoid explore the small talk culture of Berlin and search for the perfect lakes for winter swimming.
Ash Ali and Hasan Kubba are the founders of The Unfair Advantage, an entrepreneur training company with social impact at its heart. Ash is an award-winning tech entrepreneur and the first marketing director of Just Eat (now worth over £4 billion). Hasan is a startup strategist and fundraising advisor. They are passionate about democratising startup entrepreneurship, and have both spoken at TEDx and startup events all over the world.
Mertcan works in the People team at Blinkist. Before joining the startup world, Mertcan was in academia researching labor market discrimination. Now, Mertcan is trying to make today’s workplace liveable for everyone, regardless of their inherent or acquired backgrounds. This is Mertcan’s biggest passion and goal in life.
Sally looks after publisher relations at Blinkist. Her favourite subject is leadership – and with two kids under three, her theories are tested constantly. She has more years of commercial experience than she cares to count, from ‘boutique’ agencies to Amazon, and loves building things from scratch, with a world of potential and big ambitions. Sally works remotely from the UK, usually with a dog called Banana under her feet.
Originally from the north of England, Robin is an experienced journalist, editor, and writer. He has an incredibly specific knowledge of Russian cinema and wrote two dissertations about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster before HBO made it cool. He has travelled across Ukraine and is currently practicing how to cook the perfect blini.
Christoph Ertz sammelte erste redaktionelle Erfahrungen unter anderem als Redakteur bei einer Nachrichtenagentur. Geboren und aufgewachsen ist er im Hunsrück, nahe Trier. Heute lebt Christoph im Großraum Karlsruhe. Seit rund 15 Jahren ist er selbstständig als Freier Redakteur und schreibt über alle möglichen Themen – vom ersten Sieg einer deutschen Fußballnationalmannschaft 1909 in Karlsruhe über Gefängnispfarrer bis hin zur Faszination von Lacken sowie Farben und Menschen in Handwerksberufen.
Jen is a former microbiologist, fashion editor, and Senior Copy Strategist at Blinkist. She’s been writing for more than 20 years and has worked on everything from international fashion magazines to Japanese radio. Jen studied microbiology and psycholinguistics, and after living in Japan for a decade, decided to call Berlin home since 2010. She loves languages, comic books and graphic novels, and is formidable with an epée and kyudo bow.
Jen’s recommended read is The Compass of Pleasure by David J Linden.
Caroline works as a Product Manager at Blinkist as part of the Growth and Conversion team. She loves her role because because each day brings opportunities to be both creative and analytical, whilst working with an amazing and diverse team. There’s always a new challenge to solve and never a dull moment. In her spare time she’s currently learning French, so that she can communicate with her French boyfriend’s parents when she meets them later this year. C’est parti!
Amy is a Belfast-born, Berlin-based freelance writer with a background in journalism and content writing. She likes to spend her time looking and listening, reading and watching. Whether the subject matter is people or places or books or films or the sky or the street, she likes to absorb and ponder.
Benedikt Held ist Kommunikationstrainer und Betreiber der RedeFabrik. Im dazugehörigen Youtube-Channel gibt er regelmäßig Tipps dazu, wie Menschen ihre Persönlichkeit und Anliegen besser kommunizieren können.
Annett Stiller ist 60 Jahre alt und unterrichtet seit über dreißig Jahren am Gymnasium Literatur und Grammatik. Ihr Literaturwissenschaftsstudium auf Lehramt absolvierte Annett in der norddeutschen Universitäts- und Hansestadt Rostock.
In Ihrer Freizeit liest sie selber gerne Klassiker der Literaturgeschichte und im Zuge ihres Lehrberufes ist sie immer wieder auf der Suche nach neuen, zeitgemäßen Motivationsansätzen um die Selbstbildung und Kompetenzentwicklung ihrer SchülerInnen zu fördern und sie für die Welt der Literatur zu begeistern.
Eugene Yiga is an award-winning copywriter and journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Having graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinctions in financial accounting and classical piano, he has since worked in market research, branding, communications, and e-learning. In 2017, a travel feature he wrote won an Excellence in Journalism award. Eugene’s recommended read is Deep Work by Cal Newport.
Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger are the co-founders of the award-winning branding agency Motto, and the co-authors of Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Daring, Dangerous and Different (HarperOne, 2019). Learn more about them and their book at rarebreedbook.com.
Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global partner marketing agency and the recipient of numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards two years in a row. He is the author of the inspirational newsletter Friday Forward, and the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and international bestselling author of four books: Elevate, Friday Forward, How To Make Virtual Teams Work and Performance Partnerships. He is a sought-after speaker by companies and organizations around the world and is the host of The Elevate Podcast.
Beth Kempton is an award-winning entrepreneur and self-help author, whose books have been translated into 24 languages. Her second book ‘Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life’ was selected as a recommended read by TIME Magazine, described as ‘a truly transformational read’ by Sunday Times Style and chosen by Apple USA as an iTunes must-listen audiobook.
As Founder of Do What You Love Beth has produced and delivered online courses and workshops that have helped tens of thousands of people all over the world to discover their passion, explore their creativity and live a more inspired life.
Natalie Lue is an author, speaker, and host of the popular podcast, The Baggage Reclaim Sessions—now a Shortcast in the Blinkist app. She seeks to help people let go of people-pleasing, perfectionism, and toxic relationships so they can become who they really are.
Tam is part of Blinkist’s People team. Before joining Blinkist as working student, she studied International Management and worked at various other startups. Currently, Tam supports Blinkist’s hiring operations and employer branding initiatives.
Tania Strauss is a writer and editor who’s done all kinds of things – from the content strategy for tech companies, to story development for film companies. She’s a born-and-raised New Yorker, a current Berliner, and can often be found roaming the streets of some city with a coffee or a camera in hand. In her spare time, she writes fiction, goes to the movies, and/or does other things while fretting because she’s not working on her fiction.
Daniel is a passionate writer from Germany. When not writing or reading, he’s either riding motorcycles, playing the guitar or getting lost discovering his home country.
Senior Human Resources Professional with 7+ years of experience jumping between Talent Acqiusition, Employer Branding, Business Partnering, Organisational Development and Leadership. I love hacking into how things work and finding ways to optimise and innovate. I’m inspired by smart design – a blend of simplicity, functionality, and purpose above all!
I’m a people enthusiast with a history of working across corporate and fast-scaling companies cross-industry. Currently working in Talent Acquisition, I help people from all around the world to find new career opportunities and start a wonderful new journey in their life.
I work with purpose and dedication. After living and working across 5+ different countries and witnessing the huge gap in social and educational equality around the world, I decided to dedicate my work to helping others access new opportunities, grow and find their purpose, supporting them in having their impact in the world.
People that know me will tell you I’m contagiously positive, energetic, driven and also a bit funky sometimes.
In my free time I act as a mentor to job seekers or who is approaching a career change, help with personal and professional development and support initiatives to make society more sustainable.
I am keen to connect with like-minded people and exchange on these topics:
Personal development, Career advisory, Education, Environmental sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact-driven projects, Volunteering, Yoga & meditation
My mission is to connect impressive people to an impressive organization.
Utilizing my natural and authentic ability to communicate with people, making connections truly brings me joy.