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1996 - 2003

Neuroscience

Co-founder Dr. Alexander Ploghaus discovers that the human brain operates similarly to artificial neural networks. Research positions at Oxford and Harvard University, publications in Science & other high impact journals, global media coverage

2011

Founders' paths cross

Co-founders Sebastian Schwaiger and Mario Roser live in the same student dorm, while Alexander supervises Mario’s B.A. thesis on Mergers and Acquisions. Sebastian is an IBM scholar studying computer science while Mario is on a Germany National Scholarship studying industrial engineering 

Full stack and service power

Mario Kesseler, Daniel von Bechen and Felipe Pahlke join the company. Mario, an industrial engineer with a special interest in business model innovation, builds up our consulting activities and international design patent protection. Daniel, software developer and globetrotter, takes the lead in building the ChangeMaker frontend. Felipe, mathematician and hobby japanologist, designs StrategyScan as well as the ChangeMaker KPI functions

2014

Consulting partnerships

Management consultancies start using ChangeMaker with their clients to boost collaboration and ensure post-engagement success. Since then, a growing number of consultancies has replaced the usual tool zoo with ChangeMaker to increase impact and efficiency of their projects

2016

Principa Mentis goes Corporate

Bayer/Covestro, Deutsche Bahn, Infineon, Philips and other European multinationals decide to use ChangeMaker for their high impact corporate projects  

2018

Team and office expansion

Principia Mentis expands its office space in Munich, thanks to new colleagues strengthening our team. Darren Crossley takes the lead in designing the GUI of our next-generation ChangeMaker (to be released in Q1/2019), and Frederik Knape drives our activities to build media around ChangeMaker to complete the user experience

history

2003 - 2010

Management consulting

70% of change projects fail to reach their targets. Alexander examines the underlying causes and develops solutions while being in the leadership of McKinsey’s European automotive and organization sectors

2012

Principia Mentis founded

Alexander, Sebastian and Mario formally found the firm. The name Principia Mentis, evocative of Newton’s main work, reveals their approach: Turning the design principles of the human mind into software design principles

2013

First movers: Tech "Mittelstand"

Our customer #1: Hoppecke Industry Batteries – true entrepreneurs, as not only this bold decision shows. Later that year, ZEISS starts using ChangeMaker for productivity programs, and a national government commits all its policy initiatives to ChangeMaker. This helps to raise awareness for our product

2015

Deep expertise

Dr. Florian Finck, philosopher and mathematician with long-standing experience in strategy consulting, boosts the expertise of Principia Mentis in the fields of business transformation and many other consulting formats

2017

Principia Mentis goes Global

Top-tier global consulting partners start their worldwide deployment of ChangeMaker for their projects. We expand our infrastructure to provide fast service to clients in all geographies

Our customers by industry (%)

Automotive & Assembly 20%
Chemicals & Energy 15%
Financial & other Services 15%
Healthcare & Pharma 17%
High Tech & Medical Devices 17%
Public Sector 7%
Transport & Logistics 9%

Our history

1996 - 2003

Neuroscience

Co-founder Dr. Alexander Ploghaus discovers that the human brain operates similarly to artificial neural networks. Research positions at Oxford and Harvard University, publications in Science & other high impact journals, global media coverage

2003 - 2010

Management consulting

70% of change projects fail to reach their targets. Alexander examines the underlying causes and develops solutions while being in the leadership of McKinsey’s European automotive and organization sectors

2011

Founders' paths cross

Co-founders Sebastian Schwaiger and Mario Roser live in the same student dorm, while Alexander supervises Mario’s B.A. thesis on Mergers and Acquisions. Sebastian is an IBM scholar studying computer science while Mario is on a Germany National Scholarship studying industrial engineering 

2012

Principia Mentis founded

Alexander, Sebastian and Mario formally found the firm. The name Principia Mentis, evocative of Newton’s main work, reveals their approach: Turning the design principles of the human mind into software design principles

Full stack and service power

Mario Kesseler, Daniel von Bechen and Felipe Pahlke join the company. Mario, an industrial engineer with a special interest in business model innovation, builds up our consulting activities and international design patent protection. Daniel, software developer and globetrotter, takes the lead in building the ChangeMaker frontend. Felipe, mathematician and hobby japanologist, designs StrategyScan as well as the ChangeMaker KPI functions

2013

First movers: Tech "Mittelstand"

Our customer #1: Hoppecke Industry Batteries – true entrepreneurs, as not only this bold decision shows. Later that year, ZEISS starts using ChangeMaker for productivity programs, and a national government commits all its policy initiatives to ChangeMaker. This helps to raise awareness for our product

2014

Consulting partnerships

Management consultancies start using ChangeMaker with their clients to boost collaboration and ensure post-engagement success. Since then, a growing number of consultancies has replaced the usual tool zoo with ChangeMaker to increase impact and efficiency of their projects

2015

Deep expertise

Dr. Florian Finck, philosopher and mathematician with long-standing experience in strategy consulting, boosts the expertise of Principia Mentis in the fields of business transformation and many other consulting formats

2016

Principa Mentis goes Corporate

Bayer/Covestro, Deutsche Bahn, Infineon, Philips and other European multinationals decide to use ChangeMaker for their high impact corporate projects  

2017

Principia Mentis goes Global

Top-tier global consulting partners start their worldwide deployment of ChangeMaker for their projects. We expand our infrastructure to provide fast service to clients in all geographies

2018

Team and office expansion

Principia Mentis expands its office space in Munich, thanks to new colleagues strengthening our team. Darren Crossley takes the lead in designing the GUI of our next-generation ChangeMaker (to be released in Q1/2019), and Frederik Knape drives our activities to build media around ChangeMaker to complete the user experience

Our customers by industry (%)

Automotive & Assembly 20%
Chemicals & Energy 15%
Financial & other Services 15%
Healthcare & Pharma 17%
High Tech & Medical Devices 17%
Public Sector 7%
Transport & Logistics 9%