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Marco Damm

10 October 2010



I am a full stack web developer from Germany. Having studied East-Asian Studies at the University of Heidelberg I worked in Japan for a few years and dipped my toes into both the Sales and Procurement side of corporate life.

Tinkering with hard- and software having been my passion for the longest part of my life, I quickly took on junior development responsibilities and began developing lean software solutions for cross-department usage.

I relocated to Germany in 2010 with the intention making my passion my work. Since then I have been working hard on constantly improving my software development skills on both, the backend and frontend sides of web development.

I currently work as a senior full stack web developer and team lead in Cologne, Germany. I have been working with well proven software stacks like LAMP and more recent stacks like the MERN stack. My latest full stack project uses geocoding and mapping middleware to visualize corporate social responsibility and commitment. On occasion I do freelance work as well.

I also love to read. I read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, although one could argue that I heavily favour the science-fiction genre of the former.

β€œIt is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

β€” Oscar Wilde

PS: If you are curios about what I read you can look at my reading list.


I have enjoyed working for both, big corporate employers and small start ups. I feel at home in different cultures and enjoy traveling. Besides having studied the humanities I also see myself as a capable software developer.

I have been leading a small start up development team since early 2017 and have been advocating and implementing major departmental changes in both development-specific and broad cross-departmental areas.

I make a point of not only knowing my specific area of expertise, but also constantly expanding my knowledge in other domains. Right now I am working on better understanding Japanese management practices and visual design work.


  • Full stack web development
  • Building modern software applications
  • Team leadership
  • Constant quest for knowledge
  • Stereotype-defyingly social skills
  • Fluent in English, German and Japanese

Software Skills

  • Backend development with including but not limited to PHP and Ruby
  • Frontend development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Recent frameworks, libraries and toolkits like React and NodeJS
  • Modern build pipelines
  • Agile development
  • Development for popular platforms like WordPress

A lot of code I have written for employers and customers is hidden behind NDAs but if you are feeling adventurous you can have a look at my public GitHub and Bitbucket repositories.

If you made it to here, let me first applaud your patience. If you still have questions or comments about me or my work, then please feel free to contact me.

PS: If you are a recruiter and would like to extend a job offer, please make sure I am a good fit for the position you are advertising before contacting me.