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Martien van Steenbergen

Personal information

Name: Martien van Steenbergen
Nationality: Dutch
Birth Date: July 5, 1958
Marital Status: Married, three children
Address: Ursulinenhof 46, 4133 DJ Vianen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 53 54 59 60
Home Page: User:Martien
Weblog: Track Martien's blog

Ambition and drive

My primary ambition is to lead, facilitate, develop and evolve individuals in balance with managing the processes to meet and exceed the business goals. My main drive is to create a global environment that gets the best out of people around me (clients, partners, peers and colleagues), to appeal to their intrinsic motivators so that the teams go the extra mile with a smile and compassion. I am there for them, not the other way around.

Spotting, developing, growing and harvesting growth opportunities, both in humans and in business, thrills me. You will always find me networking as a professional ambassador, aligned with the corporate vision, mission and values, and a clear focus on measurable bottom-line results, translating idealism into realsim in unprecedented ways. Accessing the kaleidoscopic whole, zigzagging through complexitym while driven by dreams and visions, I live on uncharted frontiers. The value of a network grows exponentially with the number of links. Relationships are the currency of the networked economy, creating tomorrow’s wealth. Change the changes.

Organizational wholeness

I add the most value in an environment where I am valued more for my creativeness, non-conformistic thinking, vision and leadership talents. My ambition is to excel in a leadership role, using leading edge and extreme quality people, blending my architectural and organizational talents into creating and growing agile multi-disciplinary teams of excellence that in some way help make the world a better place by using state-of-the-art resources. I thrive in flat, networked organizations. I like working with people, help find and cultivate their talents, and always strive to make the total much greater than the sum of the parts. Wholeness.

Inspiring & energizing

I get my energy from working in a state of flow with sharp and focused teams. I invoke energy in my role as wise fool. I get my inspiration and passion from people like Christopher Alexander, Tim Berners-Lee, Jesus Christ, Arnold Cornelis, Stephen Covey, Bill Gates, James Gosling, Amit Goswami, Steve Jobs, Bill Joy, Stewart Kauffman, Kevin Kelly, Steve Krug, Dalai Lama, Ervin Laszlo, Scott McNealy, Geoffry Moore, Jakob Nielsen, Donald Norman, Alvin Toffler, and Bruce Tognazzini. Their collective intellect help me see at least two years ahead of the curve.

Don’t just take my word for it

Others see me as fresh, lively, charming, passionate, amusing, practical and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to my head. They also see me as open, integer, loyal, committed, dedicated, kind, considerate, and understanding; as someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out. And last but not least, they see me as someone with vision, with a clear picture of the techno-social future.


Q4-2006-present Started writing a SMART plan for a brand new country codenamed ‘LandONE
Q4-2006-present Initiator of Aloha project: co-creation self-evident commercial open source book.
H1-2006 Initiator of Cheetah project: smart open source software for diabetes care—AardRock.
Q1-2006 Co-creator ‘Klaar om te Wenden’—Center for Human Emergence
Q1-Q3-2006 Manager Microsoft Innovation Center Nederland, Microsoft, , Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands
Q4 2005 Co-creator of the Queste Netwerkdag
Q2—Q4 2005 Manager for Tech•Ed 2005—Microsoft, Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands
Q2—Q4 2005 Manager Microsoft Technology Center—Microsoft, Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands
H1 2005 Leading AardWorks to develop Kolibri peer-to-peer software for DIVA/DVG.
Q4 2004 Initiated and co-founded AardWorks
Aug-Sep 2004 Organisational & ICT Quick Scan to reduce time to market for a large Dutch bank
May-Jun 2004 Tech•Ed 2004 Manager—Microsoft, Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands
2003-Apr 2004 CEO—Aduna, Amersfoort
Feb 2003 Founded AardRock B.V. to become fully self-employed
2000-2003 Practice Manager Sun Java CenterSun Microsystems, Amersfoort
1994-2000 Java AmbassadorSun Microsystems, Amersfoort
1991-1994 Windows Ambassador, Multimedia AmbassadorSun Microsystems, Amersfoort
1988 Senior Consultant and Trainer—West Consulting, Delft
1986 System Architect—RIVM, Bilthoven
1985 System Analyst & Developer Office Systems—Nixdorf Computer, Vianen
1984 System Developer MPX Operating System—Philips Data Systems, Apeldoorn

Leadership Skills

  • Initiating, co-founding and leading AardWorks, a small swarm of experts in Agile Development and extreme Programming to develop an advanced pure peer-to-peer client application that connects people’s passion for historic information. This project was awarded by DVG (Digitaal Genootschap van het Verleden) in the context of the Elektronische Snelweg program from the Ministerie van Economische Zaken.
  • Leading Aduna, an advanced semantic web technology company, by creating, executing and embedding the vision and strategy. Turning Aduna around from an inwardly-focused, technical-oriented group of people to a professional, externally and client-focused 10-person team in one year. Defining and executing the business plan, moving from investment mode to profitability, projecting €20M+ upside potential revenue in two years. Setting up a comfortable and predictable quarterly product release cycle. Boosting market awareness while realizing the ingredients for a solid brand, a brand with an attitude (2003);
  • Starting up, leading and managing the Dutch Sun Java Center from scratch, and profitably, for three consecutive years by recruiting 11 best-of-breed senior Java Architects and Consultants (1999-2002); responsible for €1.2M+ revenue, spendings, utilization (non-idle time), profit, margin, as well as personal and professional development of a team of consultants; member of both local Dutch and international corporate management team; quarterly worldwide management team meetings; teaming up with sales organization; extreme focus on enterprise application architecture;
  • Leading and managing both the Sun Java Center and the Internet Service Provider team (20 senior technical consultants) at Sun Professional Services (2000-2002);
  • Organizing, hosting, moderating, facilitating and chairing many large scale (audience >100) events, seminars and conferences (meetings at clients, Queste Netwerk Dag, various Java and software developer conferences, Idea Machine (Evoluon), JavaONE customer trips, Aduna launch event);

Professional Skills

  • Facilitating and hosting skills.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (thousands of presentations for tens of thousands of people);
  • Creative, strategic, and pragmatic;
  • Creating business plans and executing them accordingly (responsibilities include profit & loss, headcount managment, revenue, margin, contribution, management reporting);
  • Project and program leadership and management;
  • Enterprise, process, application/software, and organizational Architectures;
  • Extreme focus on clients (focusing on their numbers, rather than mine);
  • Deep understanding of technology and its strategic and social impact;
  • Good writing skills (English, Dutch);
  • Active listener, seeking first to understand, then to be understood
  • Key Words: Spritual Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Buddhism, Eastern Philosophy, wholeness, leadership, management, coaching, mentoring, entrepreneur, hi-tech start-up, solution selling, SPIN, innovation, architecture, Internet, Web, e-Business, Usability, User Interface, Prince II, Agile Development, XP, SCRUM, Patterns, Pattern Language, Semantic Web, ontology, RDF, OWL, Dublin Core, RUP, XP, SCRUM, Java, J2EE, Jini, JavaSpaces, XML, Distributed Computing, Open Source, Open Standards, UNIX, Mac OS X, Windows; Happiness.
Dutch: Native tongue German: Spoken: good; writing: average
English: Fluent French: I survive
2006 Spiral Dynamics Integral 1, 2, and 3 2002 Siebel TAS training
2001 NIBE training 2001 Leadership training (Sun internal)
1999 Media training, Bob de Ronde, Utrecht 2001 RUP & UML training
1994 Power Base Selling 1992 Strategic Selling
2001 Consulting Skills (LIFO) 1991 Mansal sales training
1981-1984 HIO Enschede 1976-1977 HTS Electronics, Arnhem
1977-1978 MTS Electronics, Apeldoorn 1970-1976 HAVO, Christelijk Lyceum, Apeldoorn

Hobbies & Interests

  • Eastern Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Zero Point Field, Akashic Field
  • “Living” and Evolving Architecture (in nature, construction, organization and software)
  • Distributed Systems and Systems Thinking
  • Pattern Languages (Architectural, Organizational, Process, etc.)
  • Science & Technology in general
  • Wholeness & Authenticity, Art & Self