About Me

Hi, I'm Ines and this is my personal blog. I'm a digital native, programmer and front-end developer working on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing technologies.

I'm the co-founder of Explosion AI, a digital studio for custom AI and NLP solutions. We're also the makers of spaCy, the leading open-source library for Natural Language Processing in Python, and Prodigy, a machine teaching tool powered by active learning.

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 at Exberliner, Berlin's English-language magazine, boosting ad sales, developing digital marketing campaigns and coordinating partnerships with agencies and brands. I've been self-employed since early 2015.

I live in Berlin with my five fancy rats, Chomsky, Avocado, Marble, Orwell and Wasabi.

Selected Talks

Photos: Dražen Lučanin, Alina Cristea
2018-11-22The AI Revolution will not be Monopolized
Hack Talks · Helsinki (Finland)
2018-07-26Keynote: How to Ignore Most Startup Advice and Build a Decent Software Business
EuroPython · Edinburgh (Scotland)
2018-05-05Teaching AI about Human Knowledge: Supervised Learning is Great — It's Data Collection That's Broken
PyDays · Vienna (Austria)
2018-04-14Increasing Data Science Productivity: spaCy & Prodigy
San Francisco (United States)
2018-04-12Rapid NLP Annotation Through Binary Decisions, Pattern Bootstrapping and Active Learning
TomTom Founders Festival · Charlottesville (United States)
2017-01-19Teaching AI about Human Knowledge
Copenhagen (Denmark)
2016-11-28The State of AI 2016
Oslo (Norway)

Featured in

2017-03-13Spiegel Online: StartmenüAngela Gruber
2017-03-12The Exponential View: Issue #104Azeem Azhar
2016-10-03News in AI and Machine Learning: Issue #15Nathan Benaich
2016-08-29O'Reilly: Artificial Intelligence NewsletterO'Reilly Media