Personal Branding

Created
Jun 24, 2021 11:57 PM
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I've prepared this page to outline a bit about me, and why this site exists

 

Guiding Principles:

  • I constantly tell mentee's that they should have a place document personal projects. This is the number one thing I look for when I hire...felt I should take my own advice
  • A meta goal is that I want to write more as a way to clarify my thoughts. I read a ton but I don't feel like I retain much of it. I read about the concept of a digital garden recently and am trying to grow my own.
  • I have always wanted to do something with my photography - and this feels like a place to start
  • The site is called devxdata. this is loosely based off of my middle name (Devereux)

A bit about me:

  • I like gadgets, and spend a lot of time and money diving into expensive past times (for example - this is a scuba diving joke)
  • I tend to obsess over new hobbies, to the point of insanity. A few examples to drive home the point:
Spending too much time at home and missing coffee shops? Make one at home. Roast your own beans while you are at it.
Spending too much time at home and missing coffee shops? Make one at home. Roast your own beans while you are at it.
Bored of how zoom looks on your Mac and can't go home for the holidays? Make a home studio (I happen to believe a solid zoom setup is the equivalent of a nice suit in the 80s)
Bored of how zoom looks on your Mac and can't go home for the holidays? Make a home studio (I happen to believe a solid zoom setup is the equivalent of a nice suit in the 80s)
  • I love driving, and took my Mazda MX5 all the way across the country last year, camping near national parks along the way
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  • I dabble in tech, and have made my career at the intersection of finance and data analytics. I currently am building a data platform at Walt Disney Imagineering. I spend a lot of my time upgrading 20 year old excel processes. Next on my list to learn is python for data science. Working on an electron app with a tie into snowflake, to prove that I can.
  • I LOVE school, and just finished my MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. While I sort out what to do with a spare 20 hours a week of free time, for now I am burying myself in business books to pretend I still get to go back to class in the fall.
  • I like grey and blue, with most of my clothing fitting in this color scheme. Except for cars. Cars should be red.
  • I am on track to cycle more than 1000 miles this year. I ride twice a week with my best friend in LA - there is no better way to explore a city than on a bike.
  • I read Hacker News a lot. Happy to report that LTSE (Long term Stock Exchange) was on the site again this week. I have flirted with the idea of working for Eric Ries for a long time ( https://news.ycombinator.com/) I like the idea of working on a problem that matters, and I LOVE his chosen problem (Short term thinking in financial/business settings)
  • I follow a lot of tech folks on Twitter. I aspire to be as thoughtful and witty as my SRE team is.
  • I have always considered working for the federal government, having originally planned on joining the US Air Force. I regularly look into the tech fellowship programs. I think I just want to work on a problem that keeps me up at night.
  • My parents are way cooler than I am. I'm so fortunate to have grown up near them.
 
 

Some Content I really look up to:

  • I love the visual graphics on the New York Times and Nate Silver's content (538)
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  • I really like Garmin Graphics (Dark graphics, clean information) - how great is this?:
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