It was before finishing high-school when I learned to write code, programming a virtual friend to talk to. Today, we’d call this a chatbot. Years later, another chatbot would come back into my life, this time as a part of the final project for my Master's Degree in Data Analytics. I designed with one of my classmates, Elias, a chatbot classifier of cardiovascular risk.
Now, back in high school I always considered myself to be a very good student, specifically excelling in math and writing. It felt like numbers and letters were something of magic in my life. However, when it came time to choose a career, that duality was a challenge. In the end, letters won and I enrolled to study Social Communication. My first job was as a market research assistant in an ad agency where I used concepts from Aristotle's rhetoric to replace boring surveys with fake information. The result was a series of in-depth covert interviews full of wonderful customer insights.
During this time, I enjoyed the qualitative part, but I sorely missed working with numbers. So I said goodbye to the ad agency and decided to start a new adventure as an entrepreneur with Jorge Eduardo, an incredibly talented software programmer and the love of my life. We designed information systems for companies in the automotive industry, and together we’d work alongside exceptional teams creating delight for our customers. With Jorge Eduardo, I experienced the world of entrepreneurship, creating a myriad of useful applications for many clients — even having the chance to represent Colombia in an event in Scotland where I talked about entrepreneurship. But that’s only one part of our adventure — we’re both also runners, scuba divers, and we love to kayak.