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Jonathan Cornelissen: One of the Co-Founders of DataCamp and an Aspiring Angel Investor

Jonathan Cornelissen is an angel investor and a co-founder of DataCamp, a website that provides tutorials for people who wanted to learn about data science. He is also a writer, and he created multiple publications throughout his career. Jonathan Cornelissen is a graduate of the Catholic University of Leuven, where he received a degree in Commercial Engineering and a Magna Cum Laude distinction. He attended the university from 2004 to 2009, and he engaged in different summer jobs in between to support his studies. 


He used to work as an IT-support staff for LMS International in the summer of 2005. Three years later, he joined the Belgian Fuji Agency as a part-time accountant and the Catholic University of Leuven as a teaching assistant. From 2006 to 2009, he also worked as a part-time tutor, focusing on business statistics and economics. These jobs enabled him to earn money that he used to fund his studies, as Jonathan Cornelissen do not want to depend on other people (Channel9).


After he graduated with a degree in Commercial Engineering, Jonathan Cornelissen decided to take up a Ph.D. in Financial Econometric from the same university. He studied for another four years, from 2009 to 2013. To support his Ph.D., Jonathan Cornelissen had to work under different jobs once again. He worked as a co-founder of Sagio.be for three years, between 2009 and 2012. Sagio.be became the first non-profit online portal in Belgium that provides private tutoring services. In 2012, he joined Google and helped the company develop an open-source toolkit that will be used for analyzing high-frequency financial data. 


He also joined the Code Academy in the same year to become their developer-in-training. Before he graduated from his Ph.D., he also joined Qualenica from November 2012 to 2013 to become their IT advisor. Now, Jonathan is DataCamp´s founder and current CEO. After he graduated from his Ph.D., Jonathan Cornelissen engaged in different careers – as a participant for the Start-Up Chile campaign, as a lecturer for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and as a founder of DataCamp, where he is serving for six years already. 


Jonathan Cornelissen is proud to say that in a short period of time, DataCamp was able to train four million students, and the company generated more than 100,000 subscribers. The company also generates an annual profit of $28 million. In 2018, he started a career as an angel investor. 


More on DataCamp´s academical services at https://github.com/jonathancornelissen