Clemens Lode


I am the founder of Clemens Lode Verlag e.K. (LODE Publishing). Besides working as an author of books on philosophy, I also work as a consultant for agile transformation (see LODE Consulting) where I help people looking at their company with different eyes.

What would lead a computer scientist to turn to philosophy for answers? I have a passion for solving problems by applying nature-inspired algorithms. In my examination into what makes computers “smart,” I found that the answer requires more than just science… My goal is to create a blueprint for heroes by providing you with a foundation in classical philosophy and modern science. My dream is to create a better world by teaching people what it means to be a hero—and how to become a leader in real life.

I studied computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. After focusing my studies on nature-inspired optimization, and my professional career on programming, I moved on to optimizing businesses and, ultimately, helping improve individual lives.

Before creating the publishing company, I founded a company dedicated to bringing the power of nature to computers. Its most successful product was a program that used evolutionary algorithms to optimize game strategies—a task Google recently took up for its development of artificial intelligence. Right now, I am working as an Agile Coach and project manager, analyzing organization structure, team psychology, and helping with IT processes.

I would love to hear from you, just drop me a line, or join me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Besides an occasional commentary on politics, and updates of my book projects, my feed is usually filled with cute animal pictures. For me, they represent innocence, opportunities, a fresh start, a positive attitude about life, and curiosity. My current interests include singing and minimalism—keeping in mind the effort and time one must invest on top of the actual price of buying a thing.

Favorite quotations

“I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful in each of us, a combination of our efforts, a great chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interests that the chain pulls society in the right direction. The chain is too powerful and too mysterious for any government to guide. Any man who tells you differently either has his hand in your pocket or a pistol to your neck.”

Andrew Ryan, “Bioshock”

“If you give me the right man in any field I can talk to him. I know what the condition is: That he did whatever he did as far as he can go. That he studied every aspect of it as far as he has stretched himself to the end. He is not a dilettante in any way. […] And, therefore, he is up against mysteries all the way around the end. And awe. Mystery and awe, that’s what we have in common.

Richard Feynman

“- How many people read my last picture? Do you remember those figures?
– Seventy-five million, six hundred thousand, three hundred and twelve.
– Well, Mick, seventy-five million, six hundred thousand people hate me. They hate me in their hearts for the things they see in me, the things they have betrayed. I mean nothing to them, except a reproach. But there are three hundred and twelve others perhaps only the twelve. There are a few who want the highest possible and will take nothing less and will not live on any other terms. It is with them that I am signing a contract tomorrow. We can’t give up the earth to all those others.”

Ayn Rand, “Ideal”

“Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.”

Halt and Catch Fire

“Two things destroy businesses—mediocrity and making it about yourself.”

Halt and Catch Fire