Who are we?

Octavo Labs AG is the successor company of Erlio GmbH, the company that invented VerneMQ.

Our mission is to further develop, maintain, and support the open source messaging solution VerneMQ, scaling it to the unprecedented dimensions of big IoT use cases. Octavo Labs strives to be a key partner for every step of a customer's VerneMQ project, from early architecture consulting and custom developments to large scale benchmarks and long-term support.


The founding team with its highly technical and analytical skills has been a key provider and partner in various consulting and development projects. It was from those stories, experiences and lessons learned that VerneMQ was born. Today, VerneMQ is in use all over the globe with a wide variety of different use cases and deployment scenarios, from small startup companies aiming to disrupt markets, to big enterprises transforming and modernizing their traditional businesses.


ThisGroup AG is the holding company of Octavo Labs AG. Within ThisGroup, Octavo Labs maintains close partnerships with Edge 5 AG and Devicetools AG.

Edge5 AG develops individual software in the areas of IoT / M2M / Mobile for customers such as Lufthansa and SWISS.

DeviceTools AG brings everything together: applications, data and devices. And is orchestrating it on a single platform.

Octavo Labs core competencies will perfectly complement the teams of Edge5 (IoT/ M2M / Mobile solutions) and Device Tools (Mobile backends and IoT cloud services).

Some Customers and VerneMQ Users

Meet the Founders

André Fatton

Born in Biel/Bienne, university education in mathematics and computer science, degree in philosophy and music. Non academic and down to earth, I'm interested in people and their ideas above all. Interested in small, big and open data, and functional programming. Worked in databases, system administration, the music business and journalism.

André Graf

My career started as a business guy always being curious about the internals of computers and software. Soon after graduating commercial college I switched sectors and started to study computer science. Besides of owning a company I am interested in distributed systems research, programming languages, live concerts, and surfing.

Lars Hesel Christensen

Lars has more than 15 years of experience developing successful systems for various industries such as telecoms, reinsurance and banks. In 2010 he came across Erlang and was immediately hooked and has since focused on building and studying large scale, distributed systems. He likes his code clean and the tests green. In his spare time he likes to go rock climbing.

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