Last week, Pete wrote his welcome post announcing he was the new guy. Not strictly true as I am the real new guy! Actually, Pete and I started on the same day and there are two other new starters you will be hearing about soon, so we are both old news!
Unlike some of the big developer/data science brains we have at ScraperWiki, I have a different role – making sure what we build adds enough value that our customers are willing to pay for some of it!
I started out working life in the RAF as a trainee pilot but a hockey stick to the eye cut that short. It did allow me to start down a career with a more technical bent by completing a Masters in Information Systems and Technology at City University.
From there I was a Sales Engineer for different software vendors and moved into product management. I have worked for different sized companies from the very large (IBM) to the very small (my own startup building tools for product managers) before arriving at ScraperWiki.
Products are created to solve problems for people/companies and therefore make their lives easier, so my first task is to workout what problems our customers and others interested in data experience with ScraperWiki and the tools have today. ScraperWiki can then evolve to become the tool of choice for tomorrow 🙂
Let me know if you have any feedback or ideas – I am really interested to hear your thoughts.