business engineer // entrepreneur // creative technologist // hacker
I finished Super Mario before I could write my name.Sjoerd Bodbijl
Due to the proximity to Philips I grew up in the smarterst part of the world.
I was lucky 🍀 to have direct exposure to technology in Eindhoven because my dad was a 👨🏼💻 software engineer. Always the fastest PC 🖥 of neighbourhood instead of a cool 🚘. I was allowed to break anything but couldn't get away by solving every problem with a 🔨.
“Friends call me MacGuyver because I ❤️ building stuff. ”Sjoerd Bodbijl
I like to blend digital with real life with craftmanship. I made a birdhouse 🐥🏠in the shape of a google 🗺 maps location icon 📍. I explore new shiny ✨technology like when I letting an old phone ring as doorbell with an new Arduino chip. And sometimes I start from scratch to build a chromecast speaker.
My ❤️ for problem solving
During a bachelor in technical business engineering I learned to apply lean practices at manufacturing companies . Beeing forced to solve for problems though me to be comfortable with the unknown. And while starting out with uncertainty around challenges I will always find a solution.
I specialized in 💰 value creation during a MSc in Finance & Investments
During my MSc and the aftermath of the '08 financial meltdown I had a side job at Atradius. Cold calling CFO's to sell credit insurances was awesome. I realised as long as I start the conversation with a relevant question it is possible to talk to anybody.
Accepting a different carreer
The financial crisis of 2008 whiped out pretty much all investment banking jobs. So I accepted a position as financial manager in a cleaning company. A half year into my role my business associate was struck by a heart attack. I managed the cleaning company and it's daily operations the following year. The first thing I realised managing people was I had to work for them and not the other way around.
Liftup a better tool for the job
With an innovative scaffolding machine I tried to disrupt the dutch scaffolding industry. Powered by a normal hand drill this portable lifts anybody up to 15 meter. With this innovation every possible job can be executed at ideal working level for 10% of the price of traditional equipment. I didn't succeed in bringing this innovation to Europe.
For every succesful entrepreneur 99 have failed, we need entrepreneurs that are willing to risk everything to build a better world.Nassim Taleb, author of The Blackswan and Skin in the game
The future is here it's just not evenly distributed.
I founded GETARTWORK to share the creativity of Vincent van Gogh.
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