Crowdalyzer is a product of the digital fact-checking agency wafana, which is dedicated to the verification of online content. The team was created at Media Lab Bayern and received its Media Startup Fellowship.

At the beginning of 2018, wafana was chosen one of the Top 30 Startups For News by the Global Editors Network. The German journalism magazine Medium Magazin selected wafana founders Johanna Wild and Ursula Trischler among the journalists of the year for 2017 in the entrepreneur category.

For our Social Listening tool Crowdalyzer, we focus on establishing a close link between journalism and software development:


Johanna Wild (Founder)

Johanna Wild studied Online Journalism (MA) at Birmingham City University. Originally from print and radio journalism, for several years she supported the production of a radio broadcast for the Voice of America (VOA) and the foundation of a local media organization in the East African country Rwanda. During her work in several conflict regions, she experienced the negative effects of online rumours on journalistic practice and therefore decided to focus her journalistic work on the verification of online and social media content.



Vlad Kraeuter (Founder)

Vlad Kraeuter is a software developer with a degree in Business Informatics. From 2008 to 2013, he managed SAP projects for the German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG. He advanced different technologies for the analysis of social media news and other fields as the founder of the party-finder website His technical focus is the areas of social media and big data.



Amirabbas Askari Shahi (Software developer)

Amirabbas Askari Shahi holds an associate degree in Software Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Informatics. He worked as a research associate at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at Saarland University and has experience in front-end and back-end development. His passion for software development emerged during his time in school in his home country, Iran, where he attended a school with an IT focus.