Corné van Straten
Interested in Entry level Software Engineering & Entry level Marketing roles
Avid learner and creator with a hacker mentality. I have a bias for action and I want to help you win!

I love identifying the essence of a problem and creating a solution that works.

Give me a problem I can take ownership of and the freedom to work, and I will blow you away with what I create.

  • coding (Javascript, NodeJS, MongoDB)
  • writing
  • creating spreadsheets
  • making videos
  • automating workflows

I’m imaginative, resourceful, not afraid to poke the box, and most importantly: I get stuff done.

If that sounds like somebody you'd like to have on your team, let's set up a call to see if we'd be a good fit.

Remote or United States

Work Experience

Software/innovation consultant - Balance

4 years

I specialized in tax credits for the development of innovative software. My main clients were the Dutch tech giants bol.com and ah.nl (Ahold). It was their magical innovations that inspired me to learn how to code.

The first project I developed as a result was an online tool to calculate the financial viability of solar panel projects. It's 120 lines of JS code replacing 3 pages of Excel spreadsheet. https://www.balance.nl/sde-tool-balance/

Before I left the company to move to America, I helped my team set up its own website from scratch and then migrated it to Azure hosting.

NodeJS developer - radius

2 years

What if there was an Airbnb-style open marketplace that would allow you to find skilled people around you, so you could learn from them directly?

This idea wouldn't let me go, so I started building, and learning:

  • Frontend development (Javascript, CSS, HTML)
  • Backend development (NodeJS, Express, MongoDB)
  • UX/UI design
  • Online marketing and growth hacking

And about a million other things. Walkthrough can be found below.

Portfolio

radius RESTful API

Project demo of the RESTful backend API I built for radius, an online platform for learning in real life. Find the prototype at learnradius.com. This API fea...

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyEpmAQd2-Y

radius: open marketplace for real life learning

Prototype of an Airbnb-style open marketplace that would allow you to find skilled people around you, so you could learn from them directly. This is a startup initiative I came up with; and that actually prompted me to learn how to code; as well as design UX/UI, manage projects, learn marketing and startups and about a million other things. My friend Gert and I coded the entire thing by hand with the MEN stack.

Link: https://www.learnradius.com

Calculate solar panel projects (online tool)

Calculate a simplified business case for your solar panel project to estimate costs, revenues and earn-back-time. I came up with and developed the first version of this while I was halfway my online coding course. It's about 120 lines of JavaScript replacing 3 pages of Excel spreadsheet.

Link: https://www.balance.nl/sde-tool-balance/

geospatial and text queries in MongoDB

3-part article in which I learn out loud about my process of developing a feature where you can text search within a specific area. This article series discusses why the intuitive solution doesn't work and offers 5 alternative approaches.

Link: https://cornevanstraten.com/mongodb-geosearch-1/

Professional shadow site

Our highly specialized team was almost invisible inside the larger Balance corporation and had been for over a decade. So I initiated and led efforts to create our own website, which needed to be independent and different from the larger balance.nl; but still enough of a lookalike to maintain brand consistency.

Link: https://balancesubsidies.nl/

Blog every day for 30 days

I accepted the challenge to blog every day for 30 days straight which turned out to be a very hard but transformative experience, turning me into a creative machine.

Link: https://cornevanstraten.com

Write to sell

One of the most important lessons I learned as a junior consultant straight out of college is that academic writing is worthless in the real world. You have to write to sell every time. The junior colleagues that came after me really appreciated that I wrote this down, so that they didn't have to make the same mistakes I did.

Link: https://cornevanstraten.com/death-to-academic-writing/

How school ruins kids

My most successful Medium article, detailing 7 reasons why I think the school system makes you less fit for the job market, instead of preparing you for it.

Link: https://medium.com/@cornvanstraten/how-school-ruins-kids-f8da10f49a05

Personality Type

Architect

Turns ideas into concrete plans and sets them in motion. Excellent at bringing chaotic situations into organized systems.

Learn More →

Learn more: https://crash.co/discover/result/7c0324e0-d413-47ba-ad59-ae9aaf8f4885

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Discussion


Gerrit Maatkamp

I loved working on Radius with you. I learned a lot, both from you and the process itself. I hope we can still change the current education system with either Radius or a project like this.

1 mo. ago

Thanks Gert, it wouldn't have looked nearly as awesome without your epic frontend skills :)

1 mo. ago

Hey Corné! Your pitch video is AWESOME!

1 mo. ago

Thanks Mitchell, I appreciate it!

1 mo. ago
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