My name is Tim Benniks. I was born in Amsterdam and now I live in Paris.

Tim is his home studio in Paris 2020
Tim is his home studio in Paris 2020

How my career started

I’m a creative person at heart and I’ve managed to find different ways of expressing that over the years. Next to being a musician I was a fan of video games in the early 2000s. I was curious and I tried modding games like Quake 2 and Half-Life. I experimented with all kinds of different configurations and settings. The action of changing things and seeing the results on the screen was magical.

I decided to go to school to become a nurse as it was a viable fallback option for a musician without a stable income. YouTube only just started and giving online lessons didn’t really exist yet. While at school I freelanced (read: fiddled around) as a web developer and I played music all around the Netherlands. When the Dutch healthcare system changed, the workplace became a pretty negative environment. My teammates and I were unhappy with the changes in the law and we started complaining all the time. Many nurses quit their job. I decided to pursue web development in whatever form I could find it.

I was lucky that my first real job was at a place called Mediamatic. Next to organizing art expositions we build community websites for cultural institutions. I was working on social networks back in 2008 and I got the chance to see early oAuth login and registration flows. Some of my senior colleagues actually contributed to the first draft of oAuth.

We created social networks which we connected to form bigger platforms together. You could “like” a page or become friends across communities with the same account. We also connected real life RFID tags to user accounts. The heart shaped tags let people enter art expositions and conferences. It is safe to say that I learnt a lot in my time there.

After Mediamatic I moved on to creative agencies in Amsterdam and Paris. I’ve worked on both e-commerce platforms and campaigns for clients like Chanel, L’Oréal, Hermes, Nike, Google, Heineken, Red Bull, Tommy Hilfiger, Mini, EA Sports, P&G, Rolex and Louis Vuitton.

Tim Benniks speaking at Vuejs.amsterdam in 2019
Tim Benniks speaking at Vuejs.amsterdam in 2019

What I do now in 2020

I currently work at Valtech as director of web development in Paris. My role is partly global and I help oversee and animate our amazing front-end teams all over the world. Next to working at Valtech I also speak at conferences and I create content about web development topics but also about soft skills.

In 2019 I decided to do more work in the community and show the outside world what it means to work on complex platforms for global clients. In 2019 I spoke on 10 big conferences and a whole bunch of meetups. I truly enjoy giving back to the community and people seem to like what I have to say. I'm a lucky duck.

In 2020 I rolled into making YouTube videos. I was frustrated on why web cams look bad, I did research and decided to make a video. I have created a new video every week since! This is my new passion.

One of Tim's first YouTube SEO video thumbnails.
One of Tim's first YouTube SEO video thumbnails.

Uses

  • Camera 1: Sony ZV-1
  • Camera 2: Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D), multiple canon EF lenses
  • Microphone: Shure SM7B (with FetHead), Rode NTG4+, Blue Snowball, Boya lav mic
  • Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd gen
  • Studio Monitors: M-Audio BX5
  • Headphones: Audio Technica M30x

My PC

  • Monitor: BenQ EX3501R
  • Keyboard: Logitech G Pro
  • Mouse: Logitech G703
  • Webcam: Logitech Brio
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Motherboard: ASRock x570 Pro4
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200
  • M.2: Samsung - 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 (500Gb)
  • 2.5" Sumsung 860 QVO SATA (1Tb)
  • SSHD: 1Tb
  • Video Card: MSI Gaming Z RTX 2070
  • Case: NZXT H500i
  • Power Supply: Corsair TX650M