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Meet Yodit Stanton: cofounder of internet of things startup OpenSensors

Charlotte Jee | July 14, 2016
Meet OpenSensors: a startup doing remarkable things with open data and IoT.

OpenSensors graduated from the Open Data Institute's startup incubator last year and is now loosely based around a working space within Google Campus in Shoreditch, east London.

Rather than renting a full-time office or headquarters, the business has a distributed working structure where people work wherever is most convenient.

The real tie that binds the team together is that they all have experience working with aprogramming language called Clojure.

"It's a niche language we all happened to learn that we love," Stanton says. "We use Clojure for OpenSensors' systems too."

It's particularly good for dealing with big data as it allows programming on multicore processors, according to Stanton.

One of the biggest milestones so far was when the company hit 10 million daily messages, she says.

"We realised this isn't just us and a few of our mates. This is real. Then large content providers started asking if they can use our data. That was cool. It's when it transitions from a project between you and people you know to an international thing. It's like okay, this is serious," Stanton adds.

Running a startup

It is clear that running a startup is a far cry from the more stable environment of working in a big corporate (albeit one in banking). Stanton seems to be thriving from the pressure - but she admits it is tough.

"It is very difficult running a startup versus running a job," she admits. "You have so many different things to do and you have to be fairly good at all of them. You also constantly worry about whether you are making the right choices."

On the plus side, Stanton says cofounding a startup has given her so many skills she wouldn't have had otherwise.

"I've moved up about 10 years of experience," she says. "In a corporate environment it would take ages to get to this level of responsibility. It is hugely stressful, however, and you can't switch off!"   

Stanton splits her time half and half between the customers and product development, and then does admin on weekends. Most of her time is spent 'firefighting': fixing problems then handing them onto staff members once solved.

"I guess I'm probably completely unemployable now," Stanton laughs. She doesn't sound remotely unhappy about it.

Source: Techworld


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