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 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 most of the time in San Francisco 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.


2017 - today     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


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


Were I'm from. My old hometown Tettnang.