Meet our Chief Architect: Jean-Paul de Jong
It is no secret that the Quant Network team is made up of some of the most experienced and professional individuals in the industry. As such, we thought we’d take the time to get to know them a little better and learn why they made the decision to join the Quant Network family.
First up is our Chief Architect, Jean-Paul de Jong. Who is so affectionately known to us as at Quant Network HQ as “JP”.
Chief Architect- What exactly does that entail?
My focus is on ensuring that our strategy is expressed in our processes, systems and solutions. As such I look closely at the whole of the ICT functions that make up not only the solution as provided by OverLedger™, but also that of the whole of our organisation. It covers not only a wealth of technical knowledge like distributed ledgers, data, cloud, interoperability, integration but also processes and ultimately our solutions. In practice, that means that I lead and facilitate the creation of governing principles to guide information, technology and solution decision making. As part of that I stay closely linked with the general IT Industry, but especially our targeted market verticals with regards to tracking trends to determine their impact. And when time permits I do still like to get my hands dirty and join in with coding and to develop prototypes. I think it is not only important, but also enjoyable to maintain that hands-on involvement.
You have extensive work experience in the Pharmaceutical, Secure Government Services and Fintech sectors (e.g. Eli Lilly & Company, National Crime Agency, Citibank) — what do you think are your biggest strengths that you bring to Quant Network?
A very strong and varied background across a wide range of disciplines and technologies. Especially when it comes to integration of data at a global enterprise scale.
When you’re established professional in large organisation — it’s always a little daunting leaving a secure position to joining a start-up — what attracted you to Quant?
It is the challenge of doing what hasn’t been done before. I love operating in the domain where I do not know what I do not know. It is a truly motivating factor for myself. In addition, I’ve identified this need in varying roles over the years, and large enterprises can move very slowly. Therefore, when presented with the opportunity to create this with an exciting and experienced team and the velocity it requires — it was a very easy decision to join Quant Network.
What is your favourite part of being a part of the Quant Network team?
The coming together of people from varying backgrounds and disciplines all focused on a shared vision to create something groundbreaking. The utilisation is limitless, our use-cases seem never ending and crossing boundaries that we (or I) had not even dared to imagine. The experience(s) of my team, my colleagues is so wide ranging that everyday I am learning something new. I just love that.
Fast Five Speed Dating Questions:
What is your most-used emoji?
Face with tears of joy.
Three words that best describe you?
Honest, Focussed, Generous
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Oh, this is an easy one, well two actually. Paprika potato chips (or crisps for the Brits). And Fast ’n’ Loud — Gasmonkey Garage — I just love it.
What are you most proud of?
I know it is a cliche, potentially too personal, but the answer would definitely be my wife and children. My wife for putting up with me for all these years with crazy projects and hours of work and travel etc. But mostly my children and how they are growing up and exploring. They are doing great and are awesome.
Languages you can speak?
Cobol-74, x86 and z80 assembly, C (varying flavours), Fortran, Pascal, Python, Ruby on Rails, Java (varying flavours), etc. Oh and I am also fluent it Dutch, English and with a little confidence boost German and Italian will come back to me.