Dirkjan Ochtman (NL, 1983)

  1. Utrecht
  2. +31 6 52035289
  3. dirkjan@ochtman.nl
  4. https://dirkjan.ochtman.nl/


I am a smart, experienced software engineer. I am fascinated by the tools and processes involved in software engineering, and like to think about every aspect of the process, including identifying what requirements will satisfy customers, what people to hire and how to manage them and what tools and best practices can support the business's goals. I am motivated by deep technical challenges and long-term product thinking on how technology can serve us better.

Professional experience

2014 – Mar 2018: Software Delivery Director at ActiveVideo

After starting as a senior C++ software engineer, I became a team lead in 2014. I was involved in growing the development team in 2015 as well as the ongoing improvements to our development processes and agile/scrum practices needed to scale. I took on the additional role of software architect and was a product owner for one of the development teams. After being a part of the change team that restructured the Engineering department in order to move from being component-focused to being more feature-oriented, I became the lead for a new Delivery team.

2007 – present: Open source software projects

Contributing to open source software is a great way to learn new technologies.

2001 – present: Owner/founder at XavaMedia Web Services

My company has provided me with a way to apply and further develop my engineering skills while I was in college. Since graduation, I have occasionally taken on small consulting projects.

2007 – 2013: Co-founder, Automation & Operations at KenTyde

As the initial software engineer at KenTyde, an asset management startup, I designed and built large parts of our software stack. This included an optimized simulation engine to test trading strategies, an operational platform to handle our day-to-day trading activities, and a web-based user interface to introspect and manipulate data in the system. My goal was to enable quick exploration of problem domains while minimizing the accrual of technical debt and accidental complexity in order to maintain high development velocity throughout different stages of the company's life.


2015: Maximizing Leadership Potential

2012: Compilers (Stanford CS143), via Coursera

2001 – 2007, 2008, 2010: Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

1994 – 2000: Gemeentelijk Gymnasium, Hilversum


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