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How I became my own CMO

Introduce yourself and B2B Pay

In 1998 I was running my own web server, at home on a broadband internet connection from my University. A Linux box with Apache, running some homemade websites. I've always considered myself a techie, a geek. On a RTW trip a decade ago I met Neil Ambikar. We stayed in touch over the years - and then Summer 2015 we decided to start a fintech business.

Working on an SEO tool

Google Analytics ceased to be useful for SEO quite a while ago. Over the past two years I moved my analysis elsewhere. Finding myself doing the same things over and over again in Google Webmaster I decided to automate things a little bit. Things have progressed quickly and now it looks like this:

SEO tool

PR9.nl

PR9.nl was started off in 2009 or so as "proemevlaai", a delicious "vlaai" that my mom bakes in summer, when the plums are ripe.
It started as an SEO thing, with zwembad-aanleg.nl, which was supposed to be bought by client. Who then didn't do so. We put adsense on the thing and suddenly some money was coming in.

Post to multiple social networks with this great ping.fm alternative

I only met Callum briefly in Melbourne in 2007, right after I stopped volunteering for couchsurfing, right before he started volunteering for couchsurfing. A brief encounter with Callum was enough to know you're dealing with someone very smart and special. Later we started opencouchsurfing.org and regularly communicated online. I was happy to meet him again last summer in 2012. He wanted to start a new project and we brainstormed a bit about this. We were both avid users of ping.fm. I think Callum actually got me onto ping.fm at some point in 2007 or so.

My first mobile site, in Drupal of course

In 2008 I built my first Drupal site, for the furniture business of my family. The site proved to be a big success and we started some other furniture sites as well later on. I also worked on many other Drupal sites and the web in general hasn't been standing still. So last year we decided it was time for an upgrade. Not as easy as thought with a site that is ranking extremely well for a wide range of keywords. It also appeared more difficult to get to a new design.

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