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growth marketing team

We have a team of marketing experts at Speedinvest Pirates with a diverse skillset and network. From strategists, performance marketing experts, digital media enthusiasts, content marketers and corporate comms gurus, we have a broad range of experience that allows us tackle any go-to-market problems your startup might have.


Dieter Rappold

Founder, CEO

Dieter founded one of the most successful Digital Agencies in Austria with knallgrau (later Virtual Identity) in 2001 and scaled it to +50 employees as part of an independent Agency with +180 employees and +21m in annual revenue. Thus he has over 17 years of experience working with large Brands like as Coca-Cola, Heineken, BMW, Opel, Telefonica, HVB and others on international Web Projects and digital strategies . He is an accomplished speaker with +100 Keynotes, lectures and interviews on Digital Marketing, making him an expert on the field.


Thomas Rosenmayr


Before he became a pirate, Thomas founded nexxar, a european leader in digital corporate reporting (40+ employees). He is a leading digital corporate communications expert in Europe with more than 16 years of experience in large scale digital publishing projects with big Corporates Clients (eg. BASF, Barclays, Novartis, Shell, VW). He successfully built an international client base of +50 clients across Europe, North America and even Japan; a network he regularly taps into for the startups he works with.


David Muhr

Project Management

David is an experienced Project and Account Manager, formerly working at Vice/Virtue (Austria). He worked as client service lead with multinational companies such as BMW, Coca-Cola, Lexus successfully helping them find an edge among their competition. His experience gives him a strong background in Content Marketing and Operations, meaning he is the guy that brings project on the road and makes sure that there are no lose ends. He also travelled the world and has endless good stories to tell. Ask him about his tattoo!


Sono Brejnikow

Head of Digital

Sono has a strong agency track record, working for Austrian players such as Digital Affairs and Virtue/Vice (Austria), where she worked as Head of Digital, handling major brands such as T-Mobile, Brau Union (part of Heineken Group) and Sky in the DACH Region. She is a Pay-per-Click Expert, with extensive know how from Social Ads, to SEA and tracking technologies making her the go to girl at Pirates when it comes to fixing leaky funnels and activating audiences across digital networks with sophisticated targetings.


Nicole Zaghlol

Project Management

While living in Cairo for 3 years, Nicole tried quite a few jobs - yes, working in a call center was part of it. Starting her career as digital project and product manager at a Cairene agency, she worked with local clients as well as Google MEA. Some experiences (aka jobs) later and back in Austria, she was heading an all male product / dev team at whatchado. She's a product person from the bottom of her heart and words like design sprint, onboarding, MVP or testing make her eyes sparkle. We find that a little weird too.


Bernhard Grabner

Head of Strategy

Starting his career in London with OMD International, Bernhard managed to accrue more than 9 years of agency experience by now. Having worked with major network agencies such as Dentsu Aegis Network he gathered experience as Digital Media Consultant of major national & international brands such as Verbund, IKEA, Microsoft. From pan-european campaigns to B2B Content Marketing he managed to develop a broad portfolio of skills in the Digital Media space, always with a focus on strategic edge and creative vision.

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