Curriculum Vitae

Overview of my background, experience, and skills

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Personal Details

Name Gawin Dapper
Current Role CTO (Chief Technology Officer)
Experience 22 years in IT, 11 years as CTO
Citizenship European Union, The Netherlands
Location Castricum, The Netherlands
Languages Dutch (native), English (fluent)


Senior Executive with over 20 years of experience. I have been a technologist, an engineer, and engineering leader, creating award-winning and innovative products. My main goal is to enable others to succeed and realize their dreams. I achieve this by creating state-of-the-art organizations and technologies. The last decade my responsibilities included every aspect of the software and product development life cycle. Scaling from one to billions of users. Besides my technological experience, I enjoy coaching others and have served in several C-suite roles, mainly as CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
Five time winner at The Next Web Hackbattle
Five time winner at The Next Web Hackbattle


Starting at a young age, I’ve been passionate about continuously improving myself, committed to overcoming any challenge that I encountered. That perseverance, combined with a creative mindset, aided achieving many of my goals early in life, for example, becoming a Dutch Lego building champion, playing professional sports (Dutch national youth handball team) and starting my first company at the age of twelve.

Recognizing the benefits of remote work, I started adopting this lifestyle early on and learned to mentor, coach, and empower remote teams. Traveling with our family inspired us to create a community for like-minded families called Nomad Family. We also set out to drastically simplifying our lives. Inspired by the minimalist lifestyle, we pushed our comfort zones and started traveling with two 7 kg carry-on backpack for our whole family. You can find our packing list on

Besides technology, I am also passionate about people (happiness and performance), sports, health, design, traveling, spending time outdoors. Minimalist, passionate about focus and simplicity.


CTO 3D Hubs 2 yrs Jul 2017 - Present
At 3D Hubs, we are radically changing how we make and distribute things. I restructured the engineering (and product) team and workflows, restoring trust and increasing effectiveness and productivity. Focussed on balancing stability and speed, introduced DevOps and Security team. Migrated to a new platform to match internal and customer expectations while adding multiple new manufacturing technologies that enable the production of millions of parts - Levering artificial intelligence to de-risk manufacturing (Forbes). On a strategic level helped with pivoting from a community site into a sales-driven enterprise manufacturing platform. This successful execution sparked investors to finance an $18M series C-round.
CTO (remote position) Octile 3 yrs 11 mos Jul 2015 - Present
Consultancy service as a remote CTO, mainly coaching other CTOs and solving organizational and technical challenges. Increasing profits and reducing costs for both startups and larger enterprise clients.
CTO & Co-Founder (remote position) Nomad Family 2 yrs Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
A global community for families who travel and raise their family while working remotely. For this project, I designed and developed both the concept and the community platform. Sold.
CTO (remote position) Phonebloks (acquired by Google) 2 yrs 1 mos Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
A concept for a modular phone. As CTO I developed both the technical and social strategy. With a social reach of over 380 million people, it has been one of the most successful internet campaigns. The project merged into Google Ara where we developed a working prototype of a modular smartphone as part of Google ATAP (Advanced Technology And Projects).
Manager Research & Development CYSO Group 3 yrs 9 mos Nov 2011 - Jul 2015
Responsible for restructuring the development department, including the introduction of new methodologies, new processes, continuous integration, and continuous deployment. Increasing both the quality and speed of the team and its results. With our team, we build, an OpenStack-based cloud provider.
Chief Architect & Project Manager ABN AMRO Private Banking 4 yrs Jan 2008 - Dec 2011
At ABN AMRO Private Banking I was responsible for al 24 country websites and internal knowledge sharing. I managed 50 FTE, working on online marketing and internal system integrations. Consultancy basis via my own company.
System Administrator (remote position) 5 yrs 4 mos Jul 2004 - Oct 2009
The Internet Archives Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web. I helped to design and maintain the Petabox project, the storage engine behind the Wayback Machine. We created the first petabyte of spinning data for less than 1 million dollars (70% cheaper than other available solutions).

Visit my LinkedIn Profile for a full overview of my employment history.


These are some of my skills; please note that I have successfully lead teams that worked with different technologies.

MethodologiesAgile (+Spotify Model/Burndown/Hypergrowth frameworks), Scrum, Holacracy, ITIL, Prince
MetricsOKRs, KPIs, SaaS metrics, Marketing metrics, Sales metrics
LanguagesRuby, Lua, SQL, Javascript, JSON, HAML, HTML, SASS, CSS, Applescript, XML, Python, R, PHP, Java, Go, Perl, C, Basic
FrameworksSinatra, LuaRocks, Riot.js, D3.js, Ruby on Rails, Django, Flask, Hugo, Jekyll
Version controlGit, SVN
DataPostgreSQL, Redshift, Redis, Sidekiq, RabbitMQ, MySQL, Elastic, Mode Analytics
DeploymentTerraform, Ansible, Chef, Puppet
CloudAWS, OpenStack, CloudFoundry, Heroku
EditorsVim, Atom, Microsoft Visual Code
DesignSketch, Pixelmator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
Operating SystemsOpenBSD (daily driver), macOS, FreeBSD, Solaris, Ubuntu Linux, iOS, Android, Windows

Field of Experience

IndustriesInternet, Information Technology and Services, Computer & Network Security, Financial Services, Human Resources, Private Banking, Emerging Technologies, Design, Warehousing, Marketing and Advertising, Outsourcing & Offshoring
BusinessStrategy, General Management, Product Management, Global, Leadership, Remote Working, and Coaching, for both Fortune 500 and Startups
TechnologiesEmerging Technologies, Web Services, Architecture, Scaling, Web Development, Productivity Software, Cloud Computing, Security, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Mobility, Big Data, Social Media


Business Information Technology University of Twente 2002 - 2007
Business Information Technology, the perfect mix of computer science and business. The study focusses on assessing and contributing to the full life cycle of planning, analysis, design, development, implementation, and operation of business information systems with a scientific perspective.
Human Media Interaction University of Twente 2006 - 2007
Human Media Interaction combines knowledge, technical expertise, and skills from a range of disciplines intending to creating intelligent interactive systems that automatically respond to a user’s emotions and social cues and make appropriate decisions on what action to take. Including the design of complex, multi-modal interfaces and examining the human factors of media and their interfaces. Subjects include natural language processing, virtual agents, ambient entertainment, social robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Media Psychology University of Twente 2006 - 2007
Media Psychology focuses on influencing larger groups by using media (internet, tv, radio, etc.). The interaction of human behavior with media and technology, designing practical and workable psychological interventions to reach goals.

Other Interests

I have a wide range of interests, mostly focused on improving myself in different areas ./band expanding my comfort zone.


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