Jilles van Gurp

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I’m Jilles van Gurp. I’ve had this website in various forms since the mid nineties and with this domain for two decades now. For the last decade or so, I’ve been in Berlin, Germany. Before that I lived in Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands (my home country).


My main gig is being the CTO for FORMATION. With FORMATION, we are building a map powered productivity tool for frontline workers that provides them situational awareness about who is doing what with whom where in the workplace. We use integrations with indoor positioning, IOT, map providers and our own data aggregation platform. FORMATION was founded only last year as a company but has been bootstrapping for a few years. I joined in 2020 and am now busy building out the team and technology platform and strategy.

Additionally, I support several customers on a freelance basis that are mostly related to helping them with their Elasticsearch setups, advising them on their architecture, or coaching them on CTO topics. As of 2021, I also mentor a few startups via Techstars program. This is also something I’ve done with several startup friends that I coach and spar with regularly.

Consulting Services

While I work full time on FORMATION, I can always make time for short, focused projects. If that sounds interesting to you, please reach out.

I can do several things for you:

For more information, refer to my Linkedin profile.

Recent Customers

When not working for startups, I’ve done a few successful consulting projects with customers during the last four years:


A little guide for contacting me:

  1. I prefer email but please don’t add me to mailing-lists.
  2. I generally don’t connect to people I don’t know on LinkedIn, Skype, Facebook, etc. Don’t take it personally if I decline your invitation for this reason. This happens a lot as I have all the buzzwords in my LinkedIn profile. See #1.
  3. Unless there is an emergency or you know me well: don’t cold call and instead arrange for a phone meeting via e.g. email, LinkedIn, etc.

Privacy & Cookies

This site currently has no cookies that need setting, I have no analytics installed, and nor am I interested in invading your privacy. This may change in the future if I add some new functionality to this site. Current browsers are making tracking quite hard. Also, I actually enjoy using such browsers. If you enjoy the content, give me a shout out on e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. The web hosting that I use may collect some server logs of course. Beyond that, I’m not aware of any kind of tracking or privacy invading tools on this website.

If you are looking for a privacy policy, you just read it.