Our mission

Our daily motivation is to create the best experience on the planet to use flexible workspaces – by collaborating with inspiring workspaces around the world and by delivering our users unrivalled simplicity and the highest flexibility.

The deskbird story

It all started when we were a startup team of two and wanted to work in an inspiring workspace. We spent a day searching and comparing coworking spaces in Munich. Once we found a good workspace for us, we were unhappy with the existing non-flexible membership options. Our need was to get access to workspaces on demand – for example two hours on Tuesday at WERK1 in Munich, then four hours on Thursday at Trust Square in Zurich. We did not want to commit to the same workspace for months.

We started talking to people about our pain points and soon realized that many people felt the same. During the course of hundreds of hours talking to potential customers, our growing startup team developed and refined what is today the first fully-flexible solution to use workspaces. We want to support people on their way towards the new way of working.

deskbird co-founders,

Ivan, Jonas, Dominik and Roberto

Positive Impact

We want to leave a positive impact on this planet. We help reducing commuting and CO2 emissions and plant 1 tree for every 10 check-ins via deskbird.

Committed trees to plant

Team

Ivan Cossu
Co-Founder and CEO

Ivan co-founded deskbird out of his perceived pain points when using coworking spaces. Prior to deskbird, Ivan worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and in various positions at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, as well as for a foundation in Costa Rica. Ivan has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen and is passionate about startups, soccer and traveling the world.

Ivan’s new way of working

50% home office, 30% hot desks, 20% private offices

Jonas Hess
Co-Founder and CPO/COO

Prior to co-founding deskbird, Jonas worked as a strategy manager at BMW Group and as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Before that, he worked in various positions in startups and corporates in Munich, New York and Southern France. Jonas had academic stations at Technical University of Munich, UC Berkeley and CDTM, with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an Honors Degree in Technology Management. Jonas’ ideal day would include trying out fancy new tech gadgets together with Steve Wozniak. Until that day comes true, he spends his free time playing squash, motorcycling and skiing.

Jonas’ new way of working

40% home office, 40% hot desks, 20% phone booths

Roberto Miranda
Co-Founder and Head of Technology

Before starting at deskbird, Roberto worked in his own software consulting company as a full-stack developer for major clients. In his career as a software development consultant he has helped high profile companies build great products. Among them are Allianz Germany, ProSieben and maxdome. Roberto has a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His goal is to enrich people’s lives through software and he is passionate about traveling, cooking and dancing.

Roberto’s new way of working

60% home office, 30% hot desks, 10% phone booths

David Hoffmann
Business Development

Before working for deskbird, David was engaged in the strategy department for electronics and automated driving at BMW Group and as an account manager in a Southern-Germany marketing agency. David’s academic education began at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He then moved to Lisbon, Portugal to complete his master’s degree in management at NOVA School of Business & Economics. David’s ideal day would include sailing down the French Riviera trying to find the loneliest bay. Until that day becomes reality, he spends his free time skiing, surfing and motorcycling.

David’s new way of working

50% home office, 40% hot desks, 10% at the beach

Abhishek Manandhar
Technical Advisor

Abhi advises deskbird on backend development. Abhi has more than seven years experience in software engineering and graduated from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with a master’s degree in satellite application engineering. Abhi is passionate about cooking, testing new restaurants and hiking trips.

Jitendra Kasaudhan
Technical Advisor

Jitu advises on backend and frontend development at deskbird. Jitu has more than seven years experience in software development with experience as a startup CTO. Jitu holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and is passionate about reading, volunteering tech conferences and experimenting with new technologies.

Jennifer Kahn
Marketing & UX Mastermind (Freelancer)

As a digital marketeer, Jennifer has built, branded and tracked campaigns for brands such as BMW and FIFA’s partners Visa, Qatar Airways, Coca Cola and others. She holds a master’s degrees in international management (CEMS) and marketing from the Unversity of St. Gallen. She loves creating memorable experiences, if not for clients, then while traveling off the beaten path, creating art or trying new types of food.

Jenny’s new way of working

40% home office, 40% hot desks, 20% private offices – ideally in a different country every three months (post Covid-19, of course)

Board of Directors & Advisors

Raphael Jaeger
Chairman

Raphael is the chairman of deskbird and supported the team from the very first hour. He is an experienced startup investor, business angel and partner & owner of J&K Rechtsanwälte AG. Previously, he was general counsel (member of the executive board) at the Wegelin & Co. Privatbankiers/Notenstein Privatbank AG and owner of a software company.

Raphael holds a master’s degree in law from the University of St. Gallen and is a lawyer and notary in Switzerland. He is particularly passionate about wine tasting and spending time with his family on the lake and in the mountains.

Dominik Ehrsam, CFA
Co-Founder and Member of the Advisory Board

Dominik co-founded deskbird to help accelerating the future of work. He brings his finance and fundraising experience to the ambitious deskbird team. He currently works for a multi-family office focusing on Private Equity and Venture Capital direct investments. Prior to that, he worked in the Private Equity investment team at Partners Group and advised financial services companies as a consultant at EY.

Dominik holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder. He is particularly passionate about food, traveling and the mountains.

Dr. Raphael Paschke
Member of the Advisory Board

Raphael works as independent consultant for advanced analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence. The need to have access to flexible workspaces is also his paint point when traveling to his clients.  Prior to his current position, he worked as an expert consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and as consultant at MunichRe.

Raphael holds a PhD in Finance from University of Mannheim and a master’s degree in Engineering and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsingenieur). Raphael is passionate about the history of companies, wine tasting, and skiing.

Many birds, one team – join the journey

Are you as excited as we are about our mission to create the best experience on the planet to use flexible workspaces? Join our passionate team of entrepreneurial minds.