I am a lead developer advocate at IBM. I am a father, learner, writer, musician and runner, currently living and working in Manhattan, New York, NY. I grew up in the south of the Netherlands near Maastricht/Liege/Aachen. I lived, studied History, and worked in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1992 to 2002. I moved to the US in 2002, working at the Yale Center for Medical Informatics (YCMI), where I published several scientific articles in the field of bioinformatics. In 2004, I moved to New York City. I have lived abroad in Ikaria, Greece; Berlin and Moscow. I previously worked as a platform engineer at IBM Watson Financial Services, Open Banking Platform, as a senior developer advocate at HPE Haven OnDemand, Infor (Tradecard, GT Nexus), Relx (Reed-Elsevier), as a senior software engineer at Microsoft (Massive Inc), Sannopoint Capital Management, ABN Amro and Atos.

I have a son, Blixa Joseph William, born in Manhattan, Easter 2018.

The Books in my Life

  • 1992, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1992-2002, Diemen, de Pijp, Indonesische Buurt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2002-200404, New Haven, CT, USA
  • 200404-200409, Berlin, Germany
  • 200409-200506, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 200509-200606, Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY, USA
  • 200606-200609, Moscow, Russia
  • 200609-200908, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 200909-201008, Ikaria, Greece
  • 201008-201009, 19e, Paris, France
  • 201009-201203, Gramercy, Manhattan, NY, USA
  • 201203-201207, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 201501-201502, Spanish Harlem, NY, USA
  • 201208-201601, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 201602-201505, Spanish Harlem, NY, USA
  • 201606-201701, Hells Kitchen, NY, USA
  • 201701-present, Yorkville, NY, USA


5 thoughts on “aboutme

  1. Becky Olivares

    Read your article on Coffee. Loved it! My name is Becky and I live in Southern California. After reading your article, I followed it to your website and absolutely adore your pics of Sevilla. I have yet to go to Europe but am planning on it very soon. My last name actually originates from a small town 13 or so miles West of Sevilla…a little town called “Olivares” that apparently traces back to Roman times. I’m very excited about going! Thanks for the great info. 🙂

  2. Omar

    Hi Remko,
    I’m currently enrolling my first semester at CUNY to become a Computer Engineer, as any beginning, questions come up. Yesterday I had a meeting with Olga, from CUNY Startups, and advised me to contact you for guidance. I am wondering if you may advise me on the best of your ability as to which will be the best programming language(s) for me to learn. I would like to be able to develop an app in the future.
    Thank you very much for any further collaboration.


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