Thank you for following my blog. I wanted to write something personal today to celebrate the blog’s 6 month milestone.

I started this blog 6 months ago after two great years as a senior program manager at Microsoft Excel team. With my amazing wife, who got an exciting opportunity in her pharmaceutical company’s headquarters, and four kids, we moved to Chicagoland.

As I am still waiting for my US work permit (should arrive any day), blogging here at DataChant.com was one of the things that have been keeping me sane – Especially during the last three months where the relocation-related errands subsided.

When I wasn’t blogging, or playing Fallout 4 (OMG, this game is addicting), I was advancing my knowledge in Machine Learning with a highly recommended online course from Stanford University here. Initially I considered to find some scenarios where Excel can replace Matlab, but it was too frustrating to use Excel for such scenarios (When you start using Excel to perform matrix multiplication, it’s probably the time to switch to other tools).

So 6 months have passed with 32 posts, 10,460 views and 5,365 unique visitors. I am not sure if these numbers are big for you (some of you are greater bloggers), but I am really humbled by the thought that so many people have been visiting my blog. So big thank you!

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What’s coming next?

Once I get my work permit, I will start my private consulting business. I already got my first big contract, and I am excited to start it soon. I am also looking for my next dream job in Product Management, Software Engineering and Data Analytics domains at Greater Chicago area, so if you hear anything interesting, you know where to find me 🙂

See you in the next blog post, and thank you for following DataChant.com

Gil

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