Hi There!

Jan Pool

I’m Jan Pool. I live with my two Scottish Terriers in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch near Cape Town in South Africa.

Stellenbosch is a wonderful place to call home. It is close to Cape Town. The area is full of life, outdoor and cultural activities, technology start-ups, great wine, craft beer, and some really awesome people.

I build software products. I love photography, art, good food, wine, coffee, and advising startups. I’m busy learning French and playing the guitar. I’m also interested in cooking, winemaking, brewing, architecture, astronomy, software development, lean startups, agile product management, data visualisation, data processing, machine learning, cryptocurrencies, innovation, business, economics, complex systems, robotics, and artificial intelligence. I may be addicted to knowledge and sometimes I write :).

I own a software product development company, called Actualiser, where I was primarily involved with GUST Pay, Reality Gate (also see Swirl Design), and HealthQ (now LifeQ).

I’ve previously been the VP of Engineering at LifeQ, the CTO at NioCAD, and an engineering project manager at Stone Three.

At LifeQ we developed biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices and integrated it into world-leading health management solutions. At NioCAD we created specialised CAD tools for the superconductive electronics design automation industry, and at Stone Three, I was primarily involved with the company’s research and development projects in the industrial, mining, and telecommunication sectors.

I studied electronic engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. I completed my masters in machine learning, pattern recognition, and speech processing. Over the years I have found a passion for software product development and building startup businesses. I have been actively involved with the building of the vibrant Cape Town Software Process Improvement Network (CT-SPIN) from 2006 to 2016.

Curriculum Vitae