Mister Sprickmann was born in 1964 in Münster/Germany. He studied business and national economics. In 1993 he became Head of Branch Office at a service company in Berlin. In 1999 he went to an IT service company as Sales Manager and got in touch with open source software for the first time. As a result he founded an open source service company in Dortmund, where he was responsible for the sales of Linux desktop solutions as Managing Director. In 2005 he became Managing Director of the German Linux business association „Linux-Verband e.V.“. Thomas Sprickmann Kerkerinck is member of the board of bitbone AG since 2007 and Managing Director of bitbone's former business unit 8Soft GmbH since 2008.