What’s your role at Monocl and what do you do?
I am Monocl’s Data Analyst, a function of our Product Management team.
A dynamic and comprehensive platform such as EGO needs large amounts of data to bring value to its users. In today’s digital information landscape, there are endless troves of publicly available datasets hidden behind disorganization, complexity, and a lack of transparency. My role is to find, analyze, retrieve, and structure hidden datasets so that our Engineering team can integrate it into EGO, providing users with new information to work with.
In essence, I am a stubborn problem solver. The challenge of working with data isn’t constrained to the lack of homogeneity in how information is presented. I also have to solve riddles such as how to overcome language and formatting issues, how to store and update the data, and how to build databases that allow us to find specific datasets in groups of several thousands. My job is awesome.
Why did you decide to work for Monocl?
I was gifted the opportunity of speaking with Björn, Tobias, and Daniel during my university studies thanks to a mutual connection. Those interactions helped me arrive at the conclusion that I want to invest however little time I have on this planet in working with interesting people on interesting ideas. Pretty straightforward.
As I reached the conclusion of my degree, I looked at master’s programs and career opportunities that would provide just that environment; working on interesting ideas with interesting people. I found some great opportunities out in the world, but Monocl was always first on my wish list. It is an innovative player in a rapidly transforming industry. Its management team consists of experienced leaders who value heart and determination over polished resumes. Its employees are young, fun, and hard-working. Its product is B-E-A-utiful, dynamic, and comprehensive. When I was offered a position at the company, I knew I had found the next adventure in my life.
What do you find to be the best part about working with Monocl?
The short, honest answer is that I am challenged to be my best every single day and Monocl supports my development in whatever way they can. That is by far my favorite part of working at Monocl.
When I started at Monocl, one of my key weaknesses was that I had no knowledge or experience in medicine, biology, or life science. On my desk today, I have the textbook “Molecular Biology of The Cell” because I want to learn more. Every day I schedule 30 minutes to learn a little more about these subjects. Daniel Swahn has sat down with me more than once to slowly explain the basic concepts of biology at a level that even my brain understands.
When I started at Monocl, I lacked technical skills and knowledge. Since I started at the company, I’ve annoyed my colleagues in Engineering with a bombardment of questions on the technical aspects of our product. I’ve received lessons in APIs, machine learning, CRMs, and many other subjects that I previously had no exposure to. On the weekends I set aside a few hours to study the programming language Java, because I want to understand and be able to participate in the dialogues occurring around me on a daily basis.
These are a few examples of the joy I’ve found in working at Monocl. Every day is a challenge. However, thanks to the support management and my colleagues have given me, I’ve been able to work hard, learn a ton, and have fun. Every single day. Beating Arsaman at FIFA is also a joy, but not a challenge so it doesn’t top the list.
What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?
Six concussions and still going strong. Giving another meaning to the term “having a thick skull”.