Jilles van Gurp

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CTO@Formation, consultant, Berlin Germany

Experienced tech entrepreneur, (interim) CTO, strategy, and product consultant, hands-on troubleshooter and mentor.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geospatial technologies
  • Search Engines / ElasticSearch
  • Leading Remote Teams
  • Agile Team Management
  • Technical consulting
  • Team Workshops / Troubleshooting
  • Server-side cloud architectures

About Jilles

Dr. Jilles van Gurp is a CTO, serial founder, and troubleshooter based in Berlin. He has decades of experience building innovative software services, leading tech teams, and creating breakthrough products. Jilles’ professional experience includes Senior Researcher at Nokia Research in Finland, Principal Engineer at Nokia Maps in Berlin, Search Engine tech lead at BCG DV and later CTO of Inbot and more recently at FORMATION where he drives the product and technology roadmap.


  • Natural team player, with strong interpersonal skills, can build and lead agile teams, coach and mentor individuals at all professional levels and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Loves to figure out technical roadmaps and tackle the difficult strategic questions with a focus on pragmatic early releases to achieve long-term strategic value.
  • Deep technical expertise and mindset, with hands-on approach to dealing with new domains, tech stacks and paradigms.
  • Pragmatic problem solver and fan of lateral-&-end to end thinking, love to iterate!

Jilles holds a PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2003) where he also worked as a postdoc, a Swedish Licentiate degree from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (2001), and a master degree from the University of Utrecht 1999.

Available For

  • Architecture reviews, workshops, or hands-on deep dives
  • Team troubleshooting
  • General consulting on tech, roadmap, or product
  • High-level or hands-on consulting on search architecture & Elasticsearch


  • Email: jilles AT jillesvangurp.com
  • Cellphone: +49-176-6189-5701. I’m also on WhatsApp and Signal.
  • Address Bergstrasse 16, 10115 Berlin, Germany
  • Linkedin
  • Github
  • Twitter
  • Generally @jillesvangurp on anything I use. That handle is globally unique.

This Web Site

Jillesvangurp has been my online handle since the beginning of this century. On this web-site you may find an archive of my blog (including some recent efforts) and PDFs of my published work from my academic career.

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