My name is Erik Trautman and I’m a challenge-addicted entrepreneur who is fascinated by the intersection of business strategy and product development with the technologies of Artificial Intelligence, particularly machine learning. I'm also a multi-purpose nerd with a penchant for engineering, designing and playing with data.
After spending far too much time playing poker in school, a fateful intersection with "Investing for Dummies" sent me from the labs of engineering to the halls of Wharton and onto Wall Street. I spent half a decade building analytics infrastructure and trading on commodities desks from New York to Houston before shifting gears into entrepreneurship.
In 2013 I started The Odin Project, a community-based web development program with almost 100,000 members. In 2014 I founded Viking Code School, a fully online software engineering program where students don't have to pay until they get a job, which was acquired at the end of 2017.
I've also ridden through each of the lower 48 states on a motorcycle, most during one epic trip in 2012, and a number of other countries as well during another great trip in early 2018. I ran my first triathlon in 2016 and completed a full Ironman a year later in Santa Rosa, California. I can typically be found hiking in Yosemite or dancing like a maniac to whatever's playing.
I'm driven to impact the world through the creation of successful business while living meaningfully and well. Come along for the ride.