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My last 5 months and beyond
It feels like a long time since I was last employed. In fact it’s been a little over 5 months.
Some of you might know that back in March, I quit my Data Scientist job in eSports to join an incubator called EF. I wanted to see how tech — specifically deep learning — could be applied to Europe, politics and no, not Cambridge Analytica style.
First, some stats. I’ve spent exactly 76 days in the program, working on 2 projects with 2 different co-founders, pitching to 3 business angels, and another 91 days of post-incubator life. That’s exactly 45.75% of 2018 for you right there.
What came out of it?
Looking back and seeing that almost half a year has passed sparks thought: was it worth it? did I learn anything? is the value I got out of it higher that my opportunity cost?
Yes, Yes and Yes.
Obviously those are difficult questions that I still wrestle with and time will tell. It is not a self-fulfilling prophecy, the reason for those answers lies somewhere else: in one of the projects that came out from that time.
Introducing the brain child
The 3 months that followed the incubator were a mixture of reflecting on experiences, reading, design boot camps, freelance projects (accent on the free), well-deserved holidays. But the one project that took most of my time is the direct brain child from the company I wanted to build.
In my incubator time, I stumbled upon the following technical question: could an algorithm predict a person’s personality using a video of them ? Could that be used to level the playing field of hiring interviews, giving equal chances to all?
Like with any other idea, I found out that some really bright people were already working on it. I reached out, and that’s how our present research collaboration was born.
Get your own Personality Interview
Head over to the website personalityinterview.com, and prepare for your next job interview by:
- answering on camera a set of interview questions designed by a psychologist
- getting to know your personality type
With your help, we’re collecting a unique dataset that will push the boundaries of Artificial Intelligence. Algorithms are everywhere nowadays, but none of them understand humans beyond their appearance.
I want to say a massive thanks to the people I shared this time with — especially my co-founders and fellow EF cohort members & staff— and to the ones who supported me or answered my calls — girlfriend, friends, …