Jonathan Cornelissen: Data Camp and Angel Activism

Jonathan Cornelissen is a philanthropist and company founder, but before finding his footing in his industry he was just a kid with a love for math. His parent say that he always loved it and it’s no surprise he ended up attending Sint-Albertus College for Greek Math in 1998. Jonathan Cornelissen worked hard at his academics and achieved his degree in 2004. Later he would simultaneously attend two different colleges between 2004 and 2009 one of which was the result of the Erasmus Exchange Program he had in which he had enrolled. 

Immediately after achieving his awards, Jonathan Cornelissen went on to co-found a project in Belgium that would be recognized as the first non-profit online private tutoring service ever offered. It was named Sagio.be and today he remains a board member for this company. Jonathan Cornelissen decided to advance his skill set and enroll in a three month course for developing at the Code Academy (LinkedIn). 

A year after he founded his first company, Jonathan Cornelissen co-founded Data Camp in New York. In fact, he was the company’s first CEO. He helped the company acquire a large amount of their students and subscribers. Today Data Camp is doubling its revenue every year since being founded in 2013, and Cornelissen still has a heavy hand in the company’s operations. However, he does partake in his own philanthropic endeavors such as working as an Angel Activist for several different brands. He is also always looking out for new innovative company ideas. 

Currently, Cornelissen is CEO at DataCamp and is still very interested in entrepreneurship and management in other sectors since seeing the amazing growth he was able to bring to Data Camp, however his greatest joys right now are his philanthropic efforts and informing young investors about what he’s learned through his blog posts online. Since Cornelissen has a love for the creation of new things, entrepreneurship and a natural thirst for knowledge it is more than likely we will see more from him. Hopefully very soon. 

More about Cornelissen´s biography at https://github.com/jonathancornelissen

 

Jonathan Cornelissen: The Emergence of DataCamp

Starting a company and ensuring that it breaks even brings a bundle of joy to any entrepreneur. Though challenging at first, the pioneers make a great achievement that may stay for years in their lives, especially if it is the first attempt. After completing his Ph.D. in 2012, Jonathan Cornelissen thought of starting a platform where people could learn more about R and statistical programming. Cornelissen co founded DataCamp; the idea came up when, at one time, he tried to search for an interactive platform where his students could learn the two things above. He could not find one, but instead, he found many platforms that offered coding skills that were not applicable for statistics. 

On the same breath, he decided to start a project whose aim was to build a platform that students or people could use to learn R and statistical programming. They identified the project as RCademy. Since Jonathan Cornelissen struggled so much to learn and understand R, he wanted to ensure that the learners get more from data. Looking at the name given to the project -Rcademy- and future authenticity, they decided to change it to DataMind but also provided a provision for change (Twitter). 

In 2013, Jonathan Cornelissen, together with Martijn, received Dieter and Albert who helped them to proceed with the project by building the prototype. Later in the year, the three of them except Albert started a company bearing in mind the same concept. They faced a severe financial challenge of raising the capital for the start since they knew the company could take longer to generate income. They pooled together their savings which added up to twenty thousand dollars, but it was not enough; hence, they decided to relocate to Chile from Belgium to participate in the Start-up Chile program

Through this program, the Government of Belgium gave them a grant of approximately twenty-five thousand dollars. iMinds also gave them an investment of roughly fifty thousand dollars. The funds helped Jonathan Cornelissen and his team to start the first version of their platform and the first courses on the platform. DataMind struggled to establish, but the finances ended again, and they decided to join Techstars NYC program after getting support. They then established now after two years of being under Techstars. In 2015 and 2016 they raised more money, and in April 2017 DataCamp company rapidly grew.

 

More on Cornelissen´s biography at https://underdog.nyc/jonathan-cornelissen