About me

Ruben Waterman

Digital Currency Student & Blockchain Enthusiast

Hi! My name is Ruben, 24 years old and since the last two years, very interested in bitcoin and blockchain technology! I love business, IT and traveling, which is exactly what I'm combining in my online MSc programme in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.

I've gained practical knowledge through several internships and my part-time job as System Engineer during my student life. I am always interested in projects, such as one-time freelance projects, ongoing IT support, side businesses or technical support for non-profits! Please feel free to reach out if I may be of any help to you!

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My Expertise

Though I don't have a computer science background, I've always been very interested in IT and obtained most skills in the form of "learning by doing" =)

Adobe Photoshop

At the core of most design work, and necessary for almost any project I've done.

Adobe InDesign

Whenever a print project presented itself, InDesign was the way to go for me.

Final Cut Pro & Keynote

For various film projects, I've been using FCP together with Keynote for animations.

HTML, CSS & Python

The little programming knowledge I have,
is in HTML, CSS and Python

Databases

I've been using Microsof SQL, MySQL and NoSQL for my projects related to databases

ESX & Microsoft Server

Private cloud based on vmware technology and mostly MS based servers

Education

In my student life, I've been very fortunate to combine my three biggest passions; IT, business and traveling! Currently pursuing a MSc degree at the University of Nicosia in Digital Currency.

2016-2017

MSc in Digital Currency (Master of Science)

University of Nicosia, Cyprus

The Master degree is designed to prepare participants to become competent professionals in the field of digital currency. Graduates benefit from a broad background, combining courses in finance, management, computer science, and information systems to provide a holistic analysis of digital currency systems, applications, and services.

2014-2016

International Master in Management of Information Technology
(Master of Science)

Graduate School of Management Aix-Marseille, Turku and Tilburg University

In this follow-up master’s degree of my bachelor, I’m studying at another three different universities in Europe. In the first semester, mainly management related courses are being taught at a business school (IAE-Aix), followed by a semester with more technological courses at the University of Turku. As a conclusion, these managerial and technological courses are integrated into Information Management courses at Tilburg University.

2010-2014

International Bachelor in Information Management
(Bachelor of Science)

Bentley University, Tilburg University and Deusto University

During this four-year bachelor’s degree I’ve taken courses at three different universities in the field of information management (Programming Fundamentals, Information Systems Strategy, Business Networks, etc.), business administration (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, etc.) and management (Entrepreneurial Thinking, Global Strategy, Operations Management, etc.), complemented with the societal courses in history, philosophy and politics.

2004-2010

VWO / Pre-University Education

Zwin College

During my pre-university education I committed a lot of my time to extra-curricular activities for the school, such as organizing the annual performance of students (dancing, acting, singing), setting up a DJ team to perform at school parties, organizing LAN parties at the school and organizing the graduation ball for last-year students.

Work Experience

Besides my bachelor and master degree in Information Management, I've strengthened my IT knowledge through several internships as well as my part-time job as a systems engineer.

Present May, 2007

Van der Have Administraties B.V.

Systems Engineer

As a System Engineer, I’m responsible for everything that is related to IT/IS, since this is quite a small company. Van der Have Administraties is the parent company of three jewelry stores, so most of the IT projects are related to the jewelry stores. I realized a secured connection between the three branch offices as well as a central server with Remote Desktop Services 2008R2, so everybody could centrally work with the inventory software. I also changed the telephone structure, from three traditional telephone lines I created one central PBX (telephone exchange) with VOIP technology. The last project I’ve done is a transition from physical servers to a VMWare environment, to improve the scalability and remote accessibility to manage the system.

July, 2016 February, 2016

International Registries, Inc.

MSc Thesis Research Intern

International Registries gave me the opportunity to successfully complete my master thesis in Information Management. For this master thesis, I studied the effects of an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) System on the internal and external communication of the organization and how these ECM systems can be improved through blockchain technology. In addition, I supported the IT department in day-to-day operations of the Roosendaal office.

March, 2014 January, 2014

Tilburg University

IT Support

As an IT support employee, I was responsible for the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7 for the staff of Tilburg University, both planning and execution were my duties.

May, 2013 January, 2013

Veson Nautical Corporation

IT Internship

As the IT intern, I worked on several projects with the Systems Engineer of Veson Nautical Corporation (VNC). The largest project was the Asset Management project where we used Spiceworks. All the VNC IT hardware worldwide (Boston, Singapore, Rotterdam, Athens, Oslo, London) are now tracked by Spiceworks in order to produce reports of the IT inventory and this also reduces the cost of Asset Management. The second project I did, was testing the feasibility of a Microsoft Lync implementation for VNC by creating a test environment in VMWare and test the features for specific use within VNC. A more challenging project I did was the automated update process of third-party software (such as Adobe Reader, VLC, Chrome, Java, 7Zip etc.) on all the workstations. I also worked on a branding project to show the VNC logos on all the VNC workstations.

September, 2006 May, 2006

Vroon B.V.

IT Support

As an IT Helpdesk employee I had to solve end-user problems. Sometimes I also had to think about the future improvements for the users, since I constantly came across those problems when helping somebody. I worked in a Lotus Domino application for tracking the hardware inventory for more than 100 vessels with all about ten computers and three offices with over 100 computers per office.

Portfolio & Publications

Find here a preview of some of my projects I've worked over the past few years!

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Get In Touch

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