Reiner Kraft - Master Inventor & CTO Turned Tech Coach #116


Reiner Kraft has more than 15+ years of experience leading high-impact technological organizations both large and small, and has spent 20 years in the Silicon Valley. (Master Inventor)

During his 20 years in Silicon Valley, Reiner was one of the most prolific inventors in the area, filing more than 120 patent applications with the US Patent Office. Both IBM Research and Yahoo recognize Reiner as a Master Inventor, and the prestigious MIT Technology Review (TR 100) in 2003 also nominated him as a top innovator under the age of 30. Alongside were other nominees including Larry Page (Google) and Jerry Yang (Yahoo).

Reiner also has a proven track-record of building up and balancing long-term strategic research (Zalando Research) with short-term tactical product requirements.

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A note from Grant

Reiner Kraft has spent 20+ years working in tech across companies big and small.  During the span of his career, Dr. Reiner Kraft has held down roles like senior software engineer, director of engineering, assistant professor, VP of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer.

Along his journey, Reiner earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Cruz and he’s also garnered the title of Master Inventor due to his prolific work in inventing new technologies. He filed more than 120 patent applications over his career while working at the likes of IBM, and Yahoo!.

In 2003, MIT Technology Review named Reiner one of the Top 100 top innovators under 30. In 2016, Dr Kraft left Silicon Valley for his native home in Germany to help scale the fast growing fashion startup Zalando. These days, Dr. Kraft is based in Berlin Germany where he runs an executive coaching business called the Mindful Leader. This business is focused on helping technical leaders deepen their skills and scale their organizations.

-Grant Ingersoll


“If you’re interested in a particular research environment I think it can’t hurt to get a phd. It’s probably a necessity to have it to actually get in. Otherwise you can still work as a research engineer m ore on the practical engineering side. For that, a PhD is not necessary at all.”

“I took a mindfulness based stress reduction class that was offered at Yahoo and it felt really good having more clarity, slow things down a little bit and reflect. Stress levels at that point were also decreasing and it made me more open to new things, new experiences.”

—Reiner Kraft

Additional Resources

Check out Reiner’s article ‘The 12 Mindfulness Leadership Principles’

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