Michael C. Jakob

Product Manager, Software Engineer, Language Lover & Chocolate Fanatic


I am a recent graduate of ETH Zurich / Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an M.S. in Management / B.S. in Computer Science. I am particularly passionate about the intersection of business and technology, and hope to pursue a career that bridges the gap between product management, software engineering, and social impact. You can usually find me at a coffee shop in Boston with a chocolate chip cookie in one hand and a latte in the other. Let's talk!


I was previously a Product Manager Intern at UBS Switzerland for 6 months in 2016. I helped set the strategy for a video advisory system to connect wealthy clients with their UBS relationship manager over a high-quality, highly secure video channel. After managing the proof-of-concept, I persuaded UBS management to roll-out this new advisory channel to all clients in Switzerland.

Since last summer, I am a co-founder at schweizerdeutsch-lernen.ch , Switzerland's leading online language school by active students. I tested the demand with interviews, A/B tests and usability tests. Over the course of 3 months, I led a team of 10 to develop the online membership platform; curate video, text, and audio studying materials; launch an Android app; write an Amazon best-selling book.

Within 12 months after the Android OS launch, I developed and launched King of Math . King of Math was the first math app in the Google Play Store and the first app ever to gamify mathematics. With more than 5'000'000 users to date, it is the most loved math app in the world.

As a Lead Product Manager at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , I lead a team of 5 engineers to develop the research software Simergy , which benchmarks different electrical vehicle charging strategies. Personal main responsibilities included organizing weekly team meetings, agendas, goals, facilitating team communications, integrating product subsystems, and maintaining the overall product schedule.

Campus Involvement

In 2017 and 2018, I am the Delegate and US Collegiate Coordinator for MIT iMUSE (International Mutual Understanding Through Student Exchange). I co-organized the 2017 summer session held in Beijing in July with Tsinghua University and Beijing University with 30 delegates from China and the United States. I worked with U.S. delegates from MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley and was awarded "best participate for outstanding performance" during the final project presentations at the summer session.

From 2014 to 2015, I was a Manager of the HaDiKo student dormitory, Germany's biggest self-administered student dormitory with almost 1000 students. I lead a community of undergraduates passionate about entrepreneurship, global citizenship and language learning. Additionally, I was leading HaDiKo members to perform daily operational tasks, house events, and outreach to the greater KIT community.