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Get to know us: Ties van den Ende – Technical Consultant

“Everyone is so enthusiastic! They are really willing to get their hands dirty and put in the extra mile without losing a healthy work/life balance. It’s a very proactive culture.”

Ties van den Ende | Technical Consultant at Widget Brain

 

Ties, what do you do for Widget Brain?
My official title is ‘Technical Consultant.’ I’m the bridge between our client’s needs and our technical capabilities. Practically, this means there’s a lot of variety. One day I’m really a consultant for our clients, discovering their needs and translating them into user stories. The next day, I’m sitting in front of a screen all day to write code, applying all types of hardcore data science, machine learning and other impressive techniques to help our clients. It’s really an end-to-end job. And for me, that’s perfect.

 

What is your proudest achievement?
I’ve been working here for six months and there’s one achievement that stands out to me most: I co-wrote a forecasting code that led to a contract with a very big client. The piece of code was generalised from a holistic approach, so we created a whole bunch of algorithms and wrote an algorithm on top of those to select the best method for each individual case. We wrote the code in such a way that it could be easily implemented for other projects. When we applied this for a pre-sales activity with this client, who is completely different from our existing projects and clients, we got amazing and accurate results straight away. It led to the client signing a contract almost immediately! This was one of the proudest moments for me.

 

How would you describe the company culture?
Everyone is so enthusiastic! They are really willing to get their hands dirty and put in the extra mile without losing a healthy work/life balance. It’s a very proactive culture. Everyone always willingly initiates something. Sometimes even outside of their direct job responsibilities! It just shows that you get a lot of freedom at Widget Brain and you can take as much responsibility as you’d like. It’s always buzzing in the office.

 

Why is Widget Brain different from other companies?
At Widget Brain, we all work in the same space, and everyone is actively involved in projects even though they aren’t initially part of it. For that matter, each project is shared in a sense. You’ll often be asked about your opinion on a certain project topic or decision you know nothing about. It forces you to think. But in that way, you also have a direct impact on how things are going. So if there are things you’re not sure of, you can always think out loud and everyone can and will chip in. That makes our internal community very tight, and I would say that’s a unique characteristic of Widget Brain.

 

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