About me

Who am I ?

I’m a freelance IT consultant living near Antwerp, Belgium. I was born on a freezing winter night in 1978.

I specialize in Web development and architecture, mostly revolving around the PHP ecosystem. I’m interested in scalability, both from a software perspective, as well as a system and network perspective.

Next to my job, I enjoy going for a run (if you speak Dutch, you can read more on my athletics blog), dancing, going out for dinner and making city trips.

 

Professional biography

My first introduction to IT came in the mid-80s when, as an 8-year old, I learned how to program in Basic.

During the 90s, I developed (among many other things) anti-virus/trojan upload scanning tools for the ProBoard BBS and started my Computer Sciences studies. I also took my first steps on the (still non-graphical) Internet in the early 90s.

In 1999, I launched a free webmaster tools site called GNet, which featured a search engine submission system, banner exchange, etc.

In 2001, I obtained a bachelor’s degrees in Applied Computer Sciences & Technologies and in Business Economics.

From 2000 to 2002, I was project lead of phpAdsNew, an open source advertising system later known as OpenX, serving several billion ads per month.

I’m currently the managing director of FirstLink Networks, a networking and infrastructure consulting company, founded in 2000.
In 2010, we started Cu.be Solutions, a PHP-centered consultancy company.

I’m an active Open Source contributor and speaker at Open Source conferences about a wide variety of subjects.

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