Severin Ibarluzea (@seveibar) is the CTO and Co-founder of Workaround Online (wao.ai), a platform that helps companies clean up their datasets to prepare them for machine learning algorithms. What sets them apart from competitors is their social mission: Workaround employs displaced Syrian refugees who would otherwise have trouble finding fair and dignified work.
This isn’t Seve’s first rodeo — he’s also the CEO and Co-founder of CollegeAI, a machine learning platform that matches high school students with their best-fit colleges. In this episode, we talk about Seve’s start as a software engineer, building Flash games and coding for ham radio enthusiasts, what it’s like starting your own company versus working in a large corporation, and how his company (and nine others) got scammed by an organization representing none other than Pope Francis — yes, the Pope.
BONUS: We’ll be live streaming on Twitch! Join us this Thursday, Dec 10 at 2pm PST/5pm EST at twitch.tv/seveibar for a Q&A and hangout.