Tjeerd Brenninkmeijer predicted that 2014 would be "a great year for Web Content Management" one year ago and from this vantage point, it looks as if he was right. Tjeerd's passion for all things digital experience and 14 years of business experience keeps him in demand as a speaker at conferences and in demand as a writer on CMS related topics.
What do you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?
Founding Hippo, and growing the company from a startup to an international enterprise-class product company powering some of the largest and most visited web properties in the world. Though it started as a company of three people, Hippo is now the only web content management platform designed to help businesses understand which content matters to their audiences, and deliver optimal and personable digital experiences based on this insight.
Hippo powers the digital business with the marketing agility and technological flexibility to drive continuous innovation by empowering enterprises to use real time contextual data to deliver valuable content to every visitor, in any context on any device -- measure which content brings value, and which doesn’t perform -- and continuously refine their strategy by responding quickly to content performance metrics. Together with its global network of Certified Partners, Hippo serves a rapidly growing number of enterprise clients including Conde Nast, Bell Aliant, Autodesk, Couchbase, the Dutch Foreign Office, VisitBrussels, University of Maryland and Weleda.
How do you define success?
Feeling excited to get up and go to work in the morning -- staying challenged. Knowing that my rapidly expanding team believes in what we’re doing.
What motivates you?
Working with smart people in an international environment. Embracing innovation and new technology. Watching Hippo grow. Making the teams within Hippo successful. Happy customers.
What is the first interaction with technology that you remember and what did you think at the time?
Back in 1984, I used all my savings to buy an MSX. I immediately loved it, and subscribed to the MSX magazine -- which I used as a reference to create my first script.
And, obviously, I loved the games. I was happy to sell newspapers door to door to be able to buy an MSX 2 (which had floppy disks).
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If I didn't do my current work: I would be a kitesurfing instructor
When I'm not working: I'm playing with my three sons
The highest compliment someone could give me: is that I inspired him/her.