About Me

Hi, I’m Ines.

I’m a software developer working on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing technologies, and the co-founder and CEO of Explosion. We’re the makers of spaCy, one of the leading open-source libraries for Natural Language Processing in Python, and Prodigy, a modern annotation tool for creating training data for machine learning models.

I believe in programming until four in the morning in my pyjamas instead of getting up early to attend conferences about productivity. I believe in making the best possible products instead of launching just for the sake of it because some startup advice blog told me so. I believe in rational planning, logical consequences and bullshit-free hard work instead of “following my dreams”. In short, I believe in doing things.

I grew up on the internet and started coding and designing websites at 11. After completing my degree in Communication Science, Media Studies and Linguistics, I spent four years working in media and sales, before founding Explosion. I live in Berlin and I occasionally speak at conferences and make videos. In 2020, I became a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation.

I’ve been featured in…

TalkPython #300, #297, #202 · Python Bytes #191, #139 · KDnuggets 2020, 2019 · Rasa Chats · Snorkel ScienceTalks · Gradient Dissent · DevJourney · Practical AI Podcast · Byte Into IT · SourceSort · Python-Podcast.de · Bayerischer Rundfunk · kulturnews · Zündfunk (Bayern 2) · Techtiefen Podcast · Mouse vs. Python · DataHack Radio · TWiML & AI · ARD-alpha · NLP Highlights Podcast · Spiegel Online · The Exponential View · O’Reilly Newsletter

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Blog & Updates

Selected Talks

Applied NLP Thinking
L3-AI · digital
What does “real-world NLP” look like and how can students get ready for it?
Teaching NLP, NAACL 2021 · digital
spaCy v3.0: Bringing State-of-the-art NLP from Prototype to Production
Global AI Live · digital
Designing Practical NLP Solutions
L3-AI · digital
The Future of NLP in Python
PyCon Colombia · Medellín (Colombia)
Künstliche Intelligenz beyond the hype
Zündfunk Netzkongress · Munich (Germany)
Let Them Write Code
PyCon India · Chennai (India)
spaCy and the future of multi-lingual NLP
META Forum Award Ceremony · Brussels (Belgium)
spaCy and Explosion: past, present and future
spaCy IRL · Berlin (Germany)
Practical NLP transfer learning with spaCy and Prodigy
InfoShare · Gdańsk (Poland)
Practical transfer learning for NLP with spaCy and Prodigy
Applied Machine Learning Days · Lausanne (Switzerland)
The AI Revolution will not be Monopolized
Hack Talks · Helsinki (Finland)
How to Ignore Most Startup Advice and Build a Decent Software Business
EuroPython · Edinburgh (Scotland)
Teaching AI about Human Knowledge
PyDays · Vienna (Austria)
Increasing Data Science Productivity: spaCy & Prodigy
San Francisco (United States)
Rapid NLP Annotation Through Binary Decisions, Pattern Bootstrapping and Active Learning
TomTom Founders Festival · Charlottesville (United States)