Having my own training company has mostly been incredibly rewarding and
educational. That feeling when you see a student “get it”, is priceless.
So is landing a 10-week training at a big client. Or traveling to
Nigeria, the US, or Kuwait, for that matter.
I’ve not only been able to improve my own data science and teaching
skills, I’ve also learned valuable things about marketing, sales,
copywriting, advertising, not advertising, implementing static
multi-lingual websites, doing taxes, delegating taxes, hiring other
instructors, organizing meetups, editing videos, teaching online, live
streaming, et cetera. Mostly by making plenty of mistakes.
However, in the past few months, partly due to the pandemic, having a
company got increasingly lonely and uncertain. Long story short,
teaching and acquisition is a lot easier and more enjoyable to do in
Besides this, an important reason why I decided to make the switch from
solo entrepreneur to employee is that I missed building things. Training
is inherently a short-term engagement where the focus is to teach. I’m
happy to share that I started working at
Xomnia as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer.
I can now collaborate with colleagues on bigger projects.
That doesn’t mean I’ll stop teaching all together. I’m still available
for workshops related to my book Data Science at the Command
Line. Other workshops, such as data visualization or machine
learning, are still possible, but these will be facilitated via Xomnia.
If you want to know more, best to send me an
I’d like to thank all the students, managers, clients, fellow
instructors, conference organizers, meetup members, meetup speakers,
meetup hosts, newsletter subscribers, friends, and family who have
supported me on this journey along the way. Your questions, answers,
feedback, ideas, follows, likes, dislikes, acceptances, and rejections
have made this endeavor worthwhile.
I’m also no longer organizing the Data Science NL meetup. Luckily,
there are plenty of other data-related meetups being organized in
the Netherlands, such as the Data & Drinks
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