Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen completed his studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin, graduating with distinction in 1997.
He gained his first professional experience working as a student assistant and later as an academic assistant in the research group â€œFormal models, logic and programming / artificial intelligence in understanding textâ€ at the Technical University Berlin. He also cooperated in research projects funded by the European Union and Germanyâ€™s largest telecommunications provider, Deutsche Telekom, focussing on semantic networks and Internet-based information services.
As a software architect, he developed Germanyâ€™s first commercial Internet search engine FIREBALL commissioned by Gruner+Jahr; in the year of its launch, 1997, the website received more hits than any other website in Germany.
In 1998, he co-founded [[Neofonie]] GmbH, and has filled the position of Managing Director since foundation and Spokesman since 2008.
As CEO, he is responsible for the software development and technical operations in all projects run by Neofonie. In addition, he is the registered inventor for several patents (a relevance weighting procedure for indexing hypertext documents using a search engine, a method for the shared editing of a quantity of data as well as a network and communications system designed for applying the method), developed in cooperation with colleagues from Deutsche Telekom AG and ComBOTS AG.
In 2004, he also worked externally as Product Manager for web.de in the Search area and was Project Manager of web.de SmartsearchÂ©, which was voted Germanyâ€™s best Internet search engine in 2005.
Since December 2007, he has been Chairman of the Board at [[WeFind]] AG and, since April 2010, Managing Director and spokesman for [[WeTab]] GmbH.