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People @ Voxel51: Spotlight on Jimmy Guerrero

At Voxel51, every day we wake up with the mission to bring transparency and clarity to the world’s data. It is exhilarating and meaningful work, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum – it’s the product of the community and the team that create and support the open source FiftyOne computer vision toolset.

We wanted to kick off a series of posts to take you under the hood and introduce you to some of those incredible folks on our team. It’s our hope you can get a sense of what it’s like to do this work – directly from the people who are pushing our mission forward.

Oh! And if this seems like something you’d want to be part of, then definitely check out our remote, open positions. We’re building a fully-remote team of exceptional and diverse people who want to help bring data-centric machine learning to the world. We’re growing quickly and are looking for people to grow with us!

And as always, if you like our open source and community work, please take a moment to give the FiftyOne project a star.

Okay, this week we catch up with VP of Developer Relations and Marketing, Jimmy Guerrero. Can’t wait for you to meet him 🙂

Jimmy Guerrero, Voxel51

What do you do at Voxel51?

I am the VP of Developer Relations and Marketing, which means doing whatever it takes to grow the FiftyOne community, keep members engaged, and create a platform for them to tell their stories.

Where are you based?

I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

How long have you been working at Voxel51?

About five months, and everyone has been super awesome in helping me bring a ton of projects to production in a very short amount of time! For example:

  • Established the Computer Vision Meetup, which now has 2400+ members
  • Put into motion a weekly series of Tips and Tricks and dataset exploration blogs
  • Announced a Community Rewards program to acknowledge the contributions of FiftyOne community members
  • Launched an initiative that enables the FiftyOne community to help guide Voxel51’s charitable giving  

What has been your favorite project so far?

Connecting with folks in the FiftyOne community. They have given me the best insights into what Voxel51 should be doing to grow and support the community.

What do you like most about your role?

Everyday brings unexpected challenges. Which is another way of saying, everyday presents itself with new opportunities.

What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learned while working at Voxel51 so far?

Embrace and use to your advantage the asynchronous nature of the way folks in a remote-only organization work. Everyone in the company respects the fact that folks have a life outside of their job. With this type of an understanding (and expectation), it is easy to find pockets of time to focus on more involved projects  that require concentration.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Vintage motorcycle restoration and land speed racing.

Three words that best describe you.

Ideas in motion.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I am going to turn this question around. What is the one thing that cannot live without me? My three-legged cat. She’s been obsessed with me since she was a kitten.

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Joshua Tree, California because it is quiet and you can leave most modern distractions behind for a few days. Once you get into the backcountry, it is unlikely you will run into another person for as long as you stay out there. So, it’s a bit like a silent retreat.

What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done?

I am building a time machine! Actually, I am restoring a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL that I intend to ride solo across America.

Are there open positions on your team?

Yes! We are looking for developer evangelists to join the team. If you love connecting with other people, love learning and sharing, have a passion for open source, computer vision, and creating a sense of community…then consider applying for the developer relations position!