Management Biographies

Biography of Niels Mache
Niels Mache graduated (MSc) in computer science, biology and business administration. Mache served as R&D engineer at Sony Telecommunication Research and Development Europe. In the year 1992/1993 he co-founded the Linux company delix GmbH, one of the first companies at that time providing Linux operating system software and services. Later on in 1993 he established the Internet Service Provider (ISP) operations of the company providing Internet access to corporate customers in South Germany (delix provided Internet access through redundant 155Mbps ATM fiber networks at that time). Mache served as Director of Development for Red Hat Inc. leading the development of Red Hat Linux in Germany. He is the co-founder and CEO of the European software company struktur AG in Stuttgart, Germany. With the web meeting product Spreed (, the company offers Unified Communication & Collaboration software and devices. Mache got awards from the Young Scientist Award (“Jugend Forscht”), German Academy Software and from the US MasPar Computer Inc. for his excellence in Massive Parallel Computing. He holds a number of defensive patents. His issued patent holdings are in areas including: encryption technology, distributed communication systems and business data analysis. Mache has 50+ international scientific publications. Mache's biomedical research work in protein structure and DNA function analysis has been published in several scientific journals.

Biography of Patrick Walther
Patrick Walther has graduated in business administration (diploma) with focus on finance and marketing. Patrick Walther is the co-founder of struktur AG. He transformed the company from a partnership in 1999 to a corporation in 2000 and secured the first round of financing. He managed the company’s finances and helped grow the company on its way from a (web) consulting business to a pure software company. In the development-centric years after incorporation from 2000 to 2005, Patrick served as CFO. Besides the web meeting product Spreed (, which offers Unified Communication & Collaboration, the company has developed a suite of financial planning applications targeting the financial industry ( and icoya software products for forms management, processing and electronic signatures ( After completion of the major product development efforts, Patrick was named Director Sales. In this function he oversees the company's sales & marketing and business administration. Prior to joining struktur in 1999 and founding the corporation in 2000, he held several sales and marketing positions at IBM and ORACLE. He started his career at the German headquarter of IBM in Stuttgart before joining ORACLE in Munich and Stuttgart.