About Me

Hi, I’m Puja. I’m the Developer Advocate of Giant Swarm, a IaaS startup based in Cologne, and a researcher at University of Cologne, where I research topics like entrepreneurship, venture capital, and diversity as well as supply chain and cyber security – specialized on network science. I taught classes on social media, electronic business, and entrepreneurship in and outside of university.

Starting out as a developer for a startup in 2004, I worked in and mentored various startups and intrapreneurial teams in Germany, China, and Iran since. Deeply involved in local and international startup ecosystems, I organize and speak at events like StartupWeekend, European Pirate Summit, NEXT, and Leancamp. Currently I’m also a startup mentor at Chinaccelerator and AvaTech Accelerator. Furthermore, I’m an external expert to the European Commission on matters innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • 2013 – 2014: TA for “Selected Issues in Information Systems” at University of Cologne
    • The two sides of Social Media in practice – Social Media Management and Social Media Monitoring & Analytics
  • 2012 – 2014 : TA for “Electronic Business” at University of Cologne
  • 2011 – 2012 : TA for “Information System Management” at University of Cologne
    • 2012: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Electronic Commerce
    • 2011: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and modern frontend technologies & frameworks