Jochem graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam in theoretical physics, focusing on black holes. In addition, he did a minor in Macroeconomics and finished his studies by spending a semester in Lisbon learning about Aerospace Engineering. Back in the Netherlands, he started working at Iamb&b, a startup in the Airbnb ecosystem. As the first fulltime employee he learned how to grow a start-up to an organization with more than 20 employees. During this process he became aware of his affinity with the digital side of business: he founded the data team of the company and specialized in working with databases. Jochem loves to play football and is trying to play the ukulele.