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Meet the Team

Cloudwards.net is made possible by a large team from all reaches of the globe. We have several dedicated editors, even more dedicated writers and a host of auxiliary staff, from video editors to graphic designers to marketeers to all kinds of technomancers.

Meet the Cloudwards.net team below:

Mauricio Prinzlau

CEO & Co-Founder

Mauricio is the ultimate shot-caller at Cloudwards.net. Having founded the site on a cold and rainy summer’s night in Hamburg back in 2013, he’s been working hard on making it the most authoritative resource for reviews on the internet. Currently his main concerns are industry relations and affiliate management, where his BA in Business Communication Management comes in very handy. Reach him at mauricio [at] cloudwards.net, though he’s a busy man so he’ll ask you to get straight to the point.

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Jackie Leavitt

Editor in Chief

Jackie is the editor in chief of Cloudwards.net. After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire, she has held various editing roles with international news organizations, annual magazine publications, book publishing and more. After several years living abroad, Jackie now resides aboard a 30-foot Catalina sailboat somewhere along the Californian coast. When she’s not editing Cloudwards.net articles, she’s either putting pen to paper with creative nonfiction writing, going for an ocean swim or planning her next travel adventure.

Aleksander Hougen


Originally a software engineer, Aleksander decided to leave the office lifestyle behind to live as a digital nomad. He now spends his time writing about technology and tourism, which allows him the freedom to call many different places home. When he’s not writing, he likes to read fantasy/sci-fi, listen to podcasts about history and politics and travel.

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Aleksandar Kochovski


After a brief stint in architecture and a tango with teaching, Aleksandar is now dancing to the beat of his own drum as a tech writer, merging his passions for technology and literature. When he’s not hidden behind his computer screen, you can find him photographing the streets of Skopje or cooking quesadillas for his friends at home.

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Sandra Pattison

Assistant Editor

Sandra Pattison is from the rolling hills of the United Kingdom where, when she’s not enjoying that one day of summer, she researches and writes on online security and censorship around the world. Writer by day, mother morning, noon and night, during her little free time she enjoys photography and likes to be spontaneous, but mostly ends up sipping tea with her pinky out.

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Fergus O'Sullivan


Fergus is the former chief editor and resident curmudgeon of Cloudwards.net. Though he no longer steers the team, he's stuck around to write investigations and news stories (and to annoy newer team members with tall tales). You can contact him at fergus [at] cloudwards.net if you've got a hot lead; anything else will likely get ignored.

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Jennifer Munro

Copy Editor

Word wrangler. Grammar guru. Conjunction connoisseur. Jennifer Munro is a New England (USA) native who divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from Simmons University in Boston with a degree in advertising and works as a copy editor and freelance writer. She is a staunch proponent of the Oxford comma, but also knows how to pick her battles.

Ayanna Julien

Copy Editor

Since earning a terminal degree in business, Ayanna has been working in publishing, sharpening her skills as both a writer and editor with domestic and international media companies, publishers and websites. When she’s not copy editing, she indulges in her passions: writing fiction and organizing.

Elisabeth Ivey

Fact Checking Editor

As a lifelong daydreamer, Elisabeth has always had a love for words and stories. She earned her B.A. in English and Sociology & Anthropology and has been working as a writer, proofreader and copy editor for five years. When she's not fact checking for Cloudwards or doing other freelance editorial work, she is diving into a good book and a cup of coffee.

Jelena Bartulović

Editorial Assistant

Jelena Bartulovic joins Cloudwards as the editorial assistant, helping the editorial team with tasks including research, fact checking and design. Jelena earned her bachelor degree for journalism and public relations, and she is passionate about design and art. Motivated and hardworking, she is always looking for new challenges, but in her free time, you can find her enjoying an espresso in her beautiful Croatian hometown.

Brian Murray


Brian studied economics at George Mason University before moving away from the big city lights and into the calm of the Appalachians. Writing about tech by day and science fiction by night, Brian hopes to achieve the status of a cyber-renaissance man somewhere between Hideo Kojima and Linus Tech Tips.

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Robin Barber


With a handful of A-levels completed, Robin followed his passions for learning and informing others, finding a place among the Cloudwards.net team. Between writing about software and creating fantasy worlds, he’s either losing games of Civilisation or darting about the UK in search of inspiring views and learning about each area’s history.

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Vladimir Sumina


Vladimir wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but with a computer by his cradle. Before he could walk, he could jump over Koopas. A passionate video gamer (mostly of RPGs and adventure games), he soon found himself employed in several tech startups, where he learned how to tell good software from not so good (dare he say - bad?) software. More importantly, he also learned he had a knack for writing, a skill which has since served him well.

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Samson Max


A well-versed writer on SaaS and tech topics, Samson Max’s passion is keeping abreast of the industry’s cutting-edge practices. In his writing, he focuses on the practical aspects of software systems to create straightforward and honest reviews that inform and engage the reader. When he’s not writing about tech, Samson spends time playing soccer with his son, Jayden, in the backyard. Also, being an ardent soccer fanatic, he watches English Premier League games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to feed his addiction to football.

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Andrej Hadji-Vasilev


A tech enthusiast that loves all things hardware and software, Andrej is a digital nomad with a degree in IT who loves the freedom of not being stuck in an office during working hours. When he's not writing about the next hot software or gadget, he's either gaming or cycling, or looking for the next place to call home.

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