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Vertical Media welcomes ex Axel Springer staffer as new CPO Written by Linsey Fryatt on 10. September 2012

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André Lange is the new CPO sheriff in town

Ok, it’s news about us – but we’re really happy to have a new CPO sheriff in town. Vertical Media – the online digital publisher of Gruenderszene and alma mater of VentureVillage – has appointed André Lange as Chief Product Officer. Lange, along with CEO Mark Hoffmann will head up the management team of the company and will take the reigns of the company’s ambitious expansion roadmap.

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André Lange (left) joins as new Vertical Media CPO with Mark Hoffmann (right) as CEO

Lange, 36, previously spent ten years with Axel Springer, overseeing development at and as Head of Product Management at Welt Digital, before moving to Castaclip as CPO. He will be directly responsible for Content, Product and IT within the company, helping it to roll out improve its current offerings and roll out new products.
“I’m really happy to have joined Vertical Media” says Lange. “Gründerszene and VentureVillage are the most relevant online magazines covering the German and European startup scene and online industry. Vertical Media is on the way to becoming a bigger publishing house with a consistent digital alignment. For that goal I will bring in my many years of experience and a passion to take it to the next level.”


The appointment coincides with a new online identity for Vertical Media, as it launched its new international website introducing the key staff, mission statements and job offerings.
“Our team at Vertical Media is complete. We can now plan our full attack,” said Mark Hoffmann, CEO, on the new webpage of Vertical Media.
Kolja Hebenstreit, partner at Team Europe and founder of Vertical Media added: “André brings the experience of an international publishing house and knows the speed of implementation of the startup world. It is the ideal complement to the team at Vertical Media.”

About Vertical Media

Vertical Media is a digital publishing house in Berlin. Its properties include the online magazine Gruenderszene and VentureVillage, the networking event Spätschicht and the Heureka! Conference. It was founded in 2008 by the Berlin company-builders of Team Europe. Vertical Media currently employs over 30 people.