Philipp Kandal
Philipp Kandal
Engineering VP & Speaker

About me

With a group of colleague engineers at Telenav in Cluj 2017

Hi, I'm Philipp, I mostly travel between Singapore, San Francisco, Cluj (Romania) and Berlin and I really love the cities. In Berlin I experienced some of the best parties ever and in Romania I like the up-beat attitude people have their in developing the country and moving ahead.

I am enjoying good cocktails and fun evenings with friends. I was born 1982 in Tettnang, Baden Württemberg (Germany). I'm German with strong roots in Romania. I'm currently living in Singapore with recurring stops in Berlin and Cluj (Romania).


Talking (in GERMAN) about the Silicon Valley and differences to German work culture. TRANSCRIPT (PDF) of this INTERVIEW > OPEN & DOWNLOAD

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.


2019 - today Head of GEO - Grab Inc. (Singapore, SIN)

2017 - 2019     Senior VP Engineering - Telenav Inc. (Santa Clara, USA)

2016 - today     Once a year: «Mobility case study» - University of Oxford (Oxford, Great Britain) 

2014 - today     Co-Founder, Moderator and Chairman - Techsylvania Conference (Cluj, Romania)

2018     Lecturer on «Building international teams» - Stanford University (Stanford, USA)

2017     Founding Member - OpenStreetCam (

2014 - 2017     General Manager EU - Telenav Inc. (Cluj, Romania)

2014     Advisor / Mentor for Startups -  The World Bank (Washington D.C., USA)

2014     Sale of Skobbler GmbH to Telenav Inc. (Sunnyvale, USA)

2008 - 2014     CTO / Co-Founder - Skobbler GmbH (Berlin, Germany)

2005     Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global e-Management - University of Cologne (Köln, Germany), NHH Norwegian School of Economics (Bergen, Norway), UDEM Universidad de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico)

2002 - 2004     My first startup where we developed Video-on-Demand software - xod GmbH (Köln, Germany)


Mentoring / Supporting Entrepreneurs


Start-up Investments


2013     « System and method for warning a driver of traffic-related features » US9217645B2 US Grant

2013     « Method to determine traffic characteristics in road traffic » US20140095059A1 US Application

2012     « Procedure for determining the probability of finding a parking place » US8423275B1 US Grant

2011     « Simplified procedure for storing data representing shapes » ES2577686T3 ES Grant

2009     « Mobile navigation system » DE102009052862A1 DE Application


Selected Press

2018 «Telenav Open Sources Its AI map-making technology to improve OpenStreetMap and announces $10,000-Prize contest» Geospatial World India

2014 «Skobbler: Verkauf an Telenav» by Alex Hofmann @ GRÜNDERSZENE Germany

2014 «US-Firma kauft Berliner Navi-Anbieter Skobbler» by Jürgen Stüber @ Berliner Morgenpost Germany

2014 «Telenav Takes On Google With New OpenStreetMap-Based Offline Navigation SDK» by Frederic Lardinois @ Techcrunch USA

2014 «Telenav Buys Skobbler For $24M To Power An OpenStreetMap Challenge To Google Maps» by Natasha Lomas @ Techcrunch USA

2014 «Building a competitor for Google maps: Skobbler gets acquired for $24 million» by Andra Zaharia @ HOW TO WEB CONFERENCE Romania

2013 «Interview with Philipp Kandal, future speaker at How to Web & mentor at Startup Spotlight» by Andra Zaharia @ HOW TO WEB CONFERENCE Romania

2012 «Skobbler wants to take on Google in the maps biz» by Ryan Kim @ GigaOM USA

2012 «No Google Maps on Kindle Fire? No problem: Skobbler launches OpenStreetMap-based ForeverMap 2» by John Koetsier @ VentureBeat USA

2012 «Apple may have partnered with Skobbler to perfect iOS 6 maps» by Meghan Kelly @ VentureBeat USA

2012 «Skobbler brings maps to Nook Tablet, Color with ForeverMap 2» by Brian Heater @ engadget USA

2012 «Map Wars: Nook Gets Maps, Navigation, Location-Based Services, As Barnes & Noble Battles Google, Apple» by Neal Ungerleider @ FastCompany USA

2012 «Skobbler launches Google Maps competitor ForeverMap 2 on Android» by Tom Cheredar @ VentureBeat USA

2012 «New app gives Google Maps some competition» by Marguerite Reardon @ CNET USA


Were I'm from. My old hometown Tettnang.