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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 and if you like what we do and want to get a spot on this page all your own, see what it takes to write for us.

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Best VPNs That Beat The Netflix VPN Ban in 2020
  2. How to Watch American Netflix in 2020: Binge Your Shows From Abroad
  3. NordVPN Coupon: How to Get the Best for Less in 2020

Jackie Leavitt

Chief Editor

Jackie is the chief editor 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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. What Is the Deep Web and How Do You Access It in 2020?
  2. Cloud Storage CPU Comparison in 2020: Get the Most Out of Your System’s Resources
  3. Icedrive vs Google Drive 2020: Icy New Service vs Cloud Storage Giant

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Best Zero-Knowledge Cloud Storage of 2020: Protection From Prying Eyes
  2. The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2020: Save Big on Cloud Storage
  3. The Best Black Friday VPN Deals of 2020: Great VPNs at Great Prices

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. How to Set Up Roku in 2020: Easy Steps to Get Connected
  2. Roku With Ethernet in 2020: How To Get the Best Wired Experience
  3. When Did Roku Come Out? Roku’s History: 2002 to 2020

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Asana
  2. monday.com vs Asana: Managing Workflow in 2020
  3. How to Use Asana Effectively for Project Management in 2020

Jacob Roach


Jacob Roach is a Midwesterner with a love for technology, an odd combination given his corn field-ridden setting. After finishing a degree in English at Southern New Hampshire University, Jacob settled back under the Arch in his hometown of St. Louis, MO, where he now writes about anything tech. His main interests are web technologies and online privacy, though he dips his toes in photography and the occasional card game as well. You can reach him at jacob[at]cloudwards.net.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Box Business
  2. The Best 2FA Apps 2020: Locking Down Your Online Accounts
  3. What Is Two-Factor Authentication? A 2020 Guide to 2FA

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. The Best VPN for Routers in 2020: Protect the Whole House
  2. WiTopia personalVPN
  3. Perfect Privacy

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Migrating From Dropbox To Google Drive in 2020: From One Cloud To the Next
  2. How to Transfer Photos From Dropbox to Google Photos in 2020
  3. How to Remove Google Photos Duplicates in 2020

Nicole Brooks


Nicole is a web developer by day and a writer by slightly later day. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an English and Computer Applications degree, and now lives in the Midwest with her cat. When she's not writing or coding, you can find her drawing or hanging out at the nearest brewery.

Last 3 articles:
  1. How To Watch Netflix India in 2020: Access Your Favorite Bollywood Movies
  2. How to Watch Netflix Spain in 2020
  3. How Watch Netflix Korea in 2020: Get Your KDrama Fix From Abroad

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.

Last 3 articles:
  1. Best Note-Taking Apps in 2020: Organizing Your Thoughts
  2. Evernote vs OneNote in 2020: Clash of the Note-Taking Titans
  3. Simplenote