Interesting Data Gigs # 71: Build your own thing

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Hey Data Geek.

Today, I wanted to discuss (again) why you need to build your “small empire”.

Build your own thing now

I don’t know why I felt that, but I knew that if Broadcom would acquire Vmware; the next thing would be a layoff. And unfortunately, I was right.

It’s not fun to be part of a layoff.

Many years ago, I was let go by the company I was working at that time; and to be honest: It was scary. I was in a different city ( far away from my hometown), living on a small rent, and with many bills to pay.

Fortunately, thanks to a good friend of mine (shout out to Yunior), I found a job very soon. This was almost 8 years ago, and at that time I understood I needed to build my own thing and not rely on a job anymore.

I’m not in that position yet, but since then, I've have taken baby steps to reach that goal.

Why I’m talking about this now? It’s sad to see a lot of posts from people who lost their jobs on LinkedIn; many people with mortgages, with big car payments, and with a big family to feed.

My advice? 

Be prepared. Don’t wait for this. Build a side project( a newsletter like this one perhaps?).

It’s not easy but not impossible. Start a Data consulting gig on the side. Charge for your time.

Do it now. You will thank me later.

If you need help, send me a message [email protected] or happy to do an exploratory call with you.

Be prepared, my friend.

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Recommendation of the week: JSON-LD Database by Fluree on Product Hunt

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With security, trust, and global vocabularies, Fluree enables you to compose data across decentralized sources and collaborate on shared data products.

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🔹 Knowledge Graph

🔹 Immutability + Time Travel

🔹 Security Policies Built In

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