About us

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Since the beginning of their joint studies at university, Ben, Philipp and Teiko (from left to right) have been close friends and worked together on various projects. When Philipp came up with the idea of social stories one afternoon, Ben and Teiko immediately saw its big potential and decided to join him. What started out as a small spark of an idea, has now evolved into their start-up Cutnut. The entire team behind the application has been developing and revising various prototypes and invested countless hours of hard work, dedication and, most importantly, fun. 

 
 

Meet the team

 
 
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Philipp Nette

FOUNDER & CEO

Having worked on multiple consulting projects in companies such as KPMG and RBS Mazars, Philipp has extensive expertise in advisory and consulting. He studied Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship at the ie Business School and graduated with honors.

Philipp supervises & assists in the day-to-day activities and brings our team together. He is in charge of presenting the company to potential clients & investors.

 
 
 
 

Teiko Wilenius

Co-FOUNDER & CFO/COO

Teiko has previously worked as a fund administrator for Helsinki Capital Partners and private equity analyst for one of the biggest private equity companies in Finland, Ahlström Capital. While studying Business Administration with the focus on finance, Teiko is a founding member of the ie Finance & Investment club. Teiko is now in charge of the financial and legal sides of the business at Cutnut.

 
 
 

Benjamin Ranft

CPO/CTO

Ben is a professional photographer with a decade of experience in media project planning and execution through his previous company Croconut which he founded while interning in business development at Rocket Internet's. He was also responsible for the development of Lieblingslicht's digital strategy and graduated with honors in Business Administration at ie Business School.

Ben designs our app/website and uses his expertise to optimize our UX and make Cutnut feel as fun as possible.

 
 
 
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Eliot N. Schwartz

Head of Ambassador Program

Eliot has a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the ie Business School. Having studied and worked in various countries, Eliot is experienced in fostering positive relationships with clients and colleagues. He particularly excels at communicating with clarity and negotiating with individuals from diverse cultural and organizational backgrounds.

 
 
 
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Ran Altamirano

Design Wizard

Ran is an experienced content editor with a demonstrated history of working in the arts and crafts industry. Skilled in Typography, Web Design, Art Direction, Image Making and Branding. Strong media and communication professional with a B. des. degree focused in Graphic Design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

 
 
 
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Justus Jaspert

Head of Social Media

While finishing up on his A-Levels, Justus is furthering his skills in social engineering, writing and online marketing. He has been school president, took seminars for writing improvement in school and went to an external event for rhetoric presenting.

Justus is responsible for managing the social media presence of Cutnut as well as the blog to keep the community up to date.

 
 

Meet the advisors

 
Dr. Hans Joachim Schmitz-Mertens Hans Joachim became a successful serial entrepreneur after his principal position at The Boston Consulting Group where he advised companies in various industries for seven years.

Dr. Hans Joachim Schmitz-Mertens

Hans Joachim became a successful serial entrepreneur after his principal position at The Boston Consulting Group where he advised companies in various industries for seven years.

Nico Lumma Nico has a vast experience in Social Media, Online Advertising, Seed-Financing for Internet-Startups. He has a strong technical background which is mixed with a robust understanding of digital communication. He is the managing director at the Next Media Accelerator

Nico Lumma

Nico has a vast experience in Social Media, Online Advertising, Seed-Financing for Internet-Startups. He has a strong technical background which is mixed with a robust understanding of digital communication. He is the managing director at the Next Media Accelerator

Christoph Hüning Christoph has more than 15 years of experience in strategy- , management- and organizational consulting for the media and communications industry. He is the founder of 4wrd Consulting, which offers consulting services for digital change programs.

Christoph Hüning

Christoph has more than 15 years of experience in strategy- , management- and organizational consulting for the media and communications industry. He is the founder of 4wrd Consulting, which offers consulting services for digital change programs.