Ever wanted to know who is behind all this? Well, here we are.
CEO & FOUNDER
Ruben is the Founder & CEO of balolo. His ambition and desire to stand out led him to start the company in 2012, while still being a full-time business student. Since then, Balolo has been his one and only baby. When he isn’t brainstorming, his inner chef cooks perfect-temperature steaks with the ideal hint of spiciness and experiments with growing the world's spiciest chilies. Ruben’s design style is a combination of personal love for clean lines and simplicity, he also knows how to maximize his work and loves order, which is why he gets goose bumps when different sets of cups are mixed in the cupboard.
Simon runs the balolo workshop and is the ultimate wood wiz. No product goes out to our customers without his final approval. When you get to know him, Simon transmits this feeling that his creativity doesn’t stop when he leaves work for the day – he’s always keen to get his hands dirty. In addition to full-time player at balolo, craftsman, handyman, and more, Simon is currently pursuing his MBA in "Corporate and Tax Law". When he is not at the office, you’re likely to find him working on his motorbike, with a beer nearby. Also-fun fact: Simon has a thing for All-You-Can-Eat Buffets; he is the first at every party and the last next to the canape plate.
Our new wood pro, Jennifer, joined the balolo team beginning of 2018. The Vienna native knows how to impress with her enthusiasm and sophisticated working philosophy. She also knows the way to anyone’s heart; enchanting her colleagues with top-notch homemade delicacies. Currently, our Jennifer is pursuing her MSc in Plant Science and we are still wondering how the Austrian maverick grad student ended up here? One thing’s for certain: we love watching her bring her ideas to life in our products. When she finally takes a break, you’ll find the dog lover spending time with her family and nurturing her love for science and plants.
PR & Social Media Maven
Jimena is our international PR & Social Media Maven. Hailing from Lima, Peru, Jimena grew up in Sweet Home Alabama, to later move across the globe to her new home in Cologne, Germany and pursue a MA in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Cologne. If she’s not creating fresh content, she’s either planning her next travel adventure, writing in her blog #worldvagabond or mastering her baking skills, which she proudly admits are “daaang good.” Always ready to share her homemade banana bread, our multifaceted writer admits she’s known for typically eating the last slice too, oops! And for being extra. Just like this bio.
Everyone at balolo is known for something. Barbara is known for being our designer extraordinaire, among other things. Whether it’s web design, online marketing, video editing or photography, Barbie tackles every new task as it comes and sees it as: challenge accepted. Currently pursuing her BA at the Koeln International School of Design and through everything she does, her focus is to make a difference in her community and build relationships with other designers and creatives. When she isn’t in the office, Barbara loves spontaneous painting and late-night crafting (psst, ask her to show you how to sketch!) Plants are her latest obsession. Unfortunately, they do not feel the same way and have to be replaced on a regular basis.
Already gone but they still remain in our hearts – our alumni.
COVER & CASE BOSS