José (°1961) had a mixed career bringing him both in journalism and in marketing. His dream in the punk era of the 70’s was to become a journalist, an ambition that caused him to study Dutch and English (specialising in English and American literature) at the University of Ghent. During his studies, he unleashed his creativity in contributions to school and university magazines but started earning his keep as a journalist for the Onafhankelijke Radio Nieuwsdienst (ORN), a news service for the booming local radios in that era. At ORN, he learnt the insides of videotex, a precursor of internet. This knowledge came in handy as an editor of the new defunct magazine Videotex & Communication.
From VTX&Com, José moved on to become assistant chief editor of the leading Belgian IT-magazine, Data News. Tired of having to wait for the top spot, he then switched to the marketing side, working as a marketeer and communications specialist for Novell, Sybase and Informix. In 1997 he returned to Data News to become editor in chief. During his six year tenure, he started a number of new initiatives and publications, after which he served first as interim editor at the Dutch sister publication Computable, before setting up a new custom publishing business for VNU Business Publications.
For the last three years, José worked as a publisher of the B2B publications at Minoc, for whom he still runs the magazine IT Reseller as an editor.
José dedicates his spare time to his five children, keeping fit at the gym and trying to master an electric guitar. He also reads whatever gets into his hands, from the wrapping of chocolate bars (hence the workouts) to American literature (he is a great fan of Paul Auster and TC Boyle). In an effort to save the world, he is also a promoter of reusable diapers.