Our Team

Founded by Rolf Schmitz, Jarkko Lipponen and Christof Danzl, the CollectiveCrunch team brings together industry skills as well as deep technology and data expertise.

We are a firm that is curious, fair, nimble, and hard-working.

We contribute to a major disruption in the world of computing by bringing processes of nature
to the core of analytical thinking, prediction and decision-making.

Rolf Schmitz
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

  • Business Development lead, Finance
  • Engineering and MBA degrees
  • VP of Biz Dev at Coding Technologies, sold to Dolby
  • Background in mobile industry and global business development

Jarkko Lipponen
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

  • Product lead
  • Engineering degree, studies in IoT, cybersecurity
  • Worked in start-up’s and multinational corporations
  • Background in management of large scale internet services

Christof Danzl
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

  • Technology lead
  • Engineering degree
  • 10+ years in applied analytics and big data
  • Background in development of large scale internet services

Jaripekka Turtiainen
Director, Customer Success

  • Former Senior Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson, CEO in SME firms and start-ups
  • Experienced leader with commerical, analytics and product roles
  • MSc in Computer Sciences. Senior roles in voluntary defence

Marko Koivisto
Senior Architect and GIS Expert

  • Product architecture design support
  • Degree in Computer Sciences, PhD studies in AI field
  • 20 years experience in ICT, developing various products and services
  • Serial entrepreneur

Jukka Sonninen
Chairman of the Board

  • Member of Directors’ Institute Finland
  • 25+ years’ experience in ITC/Forestry
  • Various Board positions and executed M/A’s
  • Former CEO of SAP Finland

Markko Vaarnas

  • Co-Founder and CEO of Global Intelligence Group
  • Deep expertise in product, strategy, go-to-market planning
  • Member of Takeoff Partners
  • Various Board positions in high-growth start-ups

Tuomo Visanko

  • Former SVP at UPM Group
  • Deep expertise in wood sourcing, sawmills, plywood
  • Consulting the forest industry globally

Wolfgang Wagner
Advisor, Copernicus Masters

  • Professor for remote sensing at the Vienna University
  • Research in active microwave remote sensing
  • Co-founder of the EODC Earth Observation Data Centre, providing collaborative cloud-based earth observation platforms and services