Stephan Sommer-Schulz

Stephan is our ultimate nerd with the most experience as a founder. He founded his first IT company at the age of 25 and thus left his mark on the Internet. His search engines are still used today by various publishing portals. After 17 years of successful growth, Stephan exited and sold his business to an Internet company. After serving as the Director of Research and Data Analytics at the aquiring company for 5 years, he has been a Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of NEXT since 2018. He is responsible for development, data sience, architecture and operations. In his spare time (What is spare time?) Stephan is a family man, photographer and builds Lego with his children. And: He prefers currywurst to canapés ;-).

About Stefan Sommer-Schulz

  • About the Person: 49 Years old, married, 2 school-age children
  • Languages: German/English
  • Place of Residence: Berlin

Roles at NEXT

  • CTO
  • Head of Service Development
  • Head of Development – IT & Operations
  • Head of Data Science & AI
  • Head of Research, Tech Innovation


  • Studied Physics and Informatics
  • 21 Years of experience in the conception of creative customer solutions, search machine development, machine learning, data analytics, AI
  • Founder/IT Company (17 Years) with exit experience
  • Until March 2018: Director Research & Data Science at (European market leader SEO)
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