Update

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Update time! Things happened while you were away: I got a new job, I went on a vacation, and I got vaccinated!

Let me know if you like these kind of update posts. I kind of stole this idea from Mac Wright. In his “Recently” blog posts, he writes about what happened in his life… recently. Almost like a real blog!

New job!

First things first! I got a new job! Amazing!

I’ll be starting as a machine learning engineer at an EdTech scale-up called Snappet.

Snappet is building the future of education. They developed an online learning platform for schools that provides personalized math learning for kids in primary school (the one before high school)

I am very excited to start at Snappet, because education is something that is very close to my heart. Both my parents were teachers and ever since I started working I told myself that I either wanted to work on EdTech or on self-driving cars. So here we are!

There are a lot of things that I want to do:

  • Do great work
  • Set up a tech blog
  • Challenge myself to talk with everyone in the company at least once in my first month
  • Go out and talk with our users (kids, teachers, and school admins)

Vacation

Went on a really really nice vacation in Spain where I also celebrated my 27th birthday 🥳. My sister lives abroad in Spain so I visited her over the summer. Went there for 10 days and did all sorts of fun things like you would do on vacation: play sports, go the beach, and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with my buddy Max that I took with me on vacation.

I freaking love flying

Going on vacation always (and I mean always) makes me realise how much I love flying. Flying makes me feel so small and insignificant. Seeing everything from above always forces me into this systems-level way of thinking, seeing the world from a different, broader, perspective, and I love that.

Lost all motivation to work on my app

After publishing my app to the app store I seem to have lost all motivation to work on it.

The problem, at least that’s how it’s in my head right now, is that it is “finished”. I know in my head that there is a lot more stuff that can be done, but the momentum is gone. I moved on to other things. On the flip side, I did use my app while I was on vacation and I learned many lessons from using my own app:

  • The importance of push notifications to reel someone back in
  • The importance of having to form habits for people to come back
  • That some things are just “natural” once they are in your hand, make your app act that way
  • That after having built the product, everything else is marketing
  • You really have to sell sell sell your app every day, because who else is going to?

I got vaccinated

I got jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine. If I start to turn magnetic, you guys will be the first to know.

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