2020 in a nutshell

See also:
2021 in a nutshell
2022 in a nutshell

Update #1: 19th January 2020
Update #2: 26th February 2020
Update #3: 22nd March 2020
Update #4: 10th September 2020
Update #5: 27th December 2020

List of things that happened in 2020 - for my personal records.

  1. Freelanced for an enterprise (Colagate Direct). Launched product here.
  2. Started working with Go4Ellis for their mobile app (React Native), frontend website (React) and backend app (Ruby on Rails).
  3. Wrote a colorization machine learning model and educational challenge for AiCrowd.
  4. Got internship with Apple in Siri team.
  5. I wrote a checkout page for Abundance Digital.
  6. Got better at Cryptography and Security.
  7. Failed my Optional Project at EPFL. Lessons learned: overcommunicate, set expectations before the project begins, try not to slack off, and start early with something that works even if it is not great.
  8. Started writing a book about freelancing.
  9. Bought a used Yamaha Pacifica and started playing the guitar more often. Current progress (as of 26th Feb 2020): I became decent on the Otherside by RHCP riff.
  10. During the exam session, I didn't go to gym, I didn't do cold showers, I lost around 7kg (and all my gains). But things got back on track now (as of Feb 26th 2020).
  11. Learned a bunch of NLP stuff as part of my Apple internship.
  12. Ate Papaya for the first time.
  13. Did not get infected with COVID-19.
  14. March/April 2020: Two students from Academy secured 5000$/month freelancing contracts.
  15. April 2020: Started new interview questions format blog posts
  16. 23rd April 2020: dhh likes my tweet.
  17. July-August 2020: Bought too many coffee making instruments.
  18. August 2020: Implemented a Webhooks system for an external API.
  19. ~July-August 2020: r/wallstreetbets and wallstreetplayboys.com are my main source of news/content.
  20. 4th September 2020: Got my Master Thesis. Grade 5.75 / 6.
  21. 4th - 6th September 2020: Literally build an MVP in a few hours for EggTart.
  22. 10th September 2020: Bay Area is on 🔥. Literally. The sky is Red in SF and Orange in Cupertino.
  23. October 2020: During the pandemic, I didn't go to gym, I didn't do cold showers, I lost around 7kg (and all my gains).
  24. October 2020: Moved to Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Started to consistently hit the gym again.
  25. October 2020: Got a full time job (Software Engineer) offer from Apple.
  26. October 2020: Tried Enduro for the first time - amazing experience!!
  27. October 2020: Got a brand new Yamaha Pacifica guitar 🎸.
  28. November 2020: Road trip Cluj->Turda->Sibiu->Curtea de Arges->Vidraru->Brasov->Sighisoara->Cluj w/ Sorin.
  29. November 2020 (black friday): Purchased around $10k worth of tech-related stuff: a brand new MacBook Pro (w/ Magic Keyboard), Apple Homepod Mini, Pixel 4, Airpods Pro, JBL Charge 3, smart lights, Air Purifier, Air Humidifier, Coffee Kettle, Sony MX4.
  30. December 2020: Snowboarding at Straja w/ my sister and cousin.
  31. December 2020: My investment portfolio reached $100k w/ approximate 10% return YTD.
  32. December 2020: Grew the team at Duty Labs to 12 people.
  33. December 2020: Started a new investment project at Duty Ventures and launched mvp.dutyventures.com.
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