Ricardo Jiménez, COO & Head of Product, Arukay

Ricardo Jiménez is a COO & Head of Product at Arukay. He brings over 15 years of experience as a product manager, specializing in the creation of digital products. With 8 years dedicated to the field of EdTech, he has developed a deep understanding of the education industry and its evolving needs. As an AI enthusiast, he is constantly immersing himself in the study of this transformative technology, seeking innovative ways to integrate it into the products he builds. He holds an executive MBA, has been a co-founder of three companies, and is a start-up advisor.


During the Renaissance period, the concept of the “Renaissance man” encapsulated the ideal of an individual with a diverse range of talents and knowledge across multiple disciplines[1]. Figures like Leonardo da Vinci embodied this concept, showcasing extraordinary proficiency in art, science, engineering, and more. Now, AI tools offer the opportunity for anyone, regardless of background or expertise, to explore and excel in multiple disciplines, transforming the concept of the “Renaissance man” into a reality accessible to all.

AI Tools: Empowering individuals:

With the proliferation of AI tools, the potential for individuals to unlock new levels of productivity has skyrocketed. These tools, equipped with powerful algorithms and machine learning capabilities, enable “regular” people to accomplish tasks that previously seemed impossible. By harnessing the almost endless possibilities AI offers, individuals can now achieve what would have required extensive teams or specialized expertise in the past.

As “The Verge” mentioned in a recent article: “AI is expanding what people can create. In every category we polled, people who used AI said they used these systems to make something they couldn’t otherwise, with artwork being the most popular category within these creative fields”[2].

*Image taken from How people are really using AI (and what they’re afraid of) (theverge.com)

The concept of “10X people”

The concept of “10X people” is not new. In the software development world, it refers to an individual who is considered exceptionally skilled and productive in software engineering or any other technical field. The term “10X engineer” implies that such an engineer is capable of producing work or achieving results that are ten times greater than an average engineer.

The exact origins of the term are not definitively known, but it became a more widely discussed topic around the late 2000s and early 2010s. Some prominent figures in the tech industry believe “10X engineers” are rare but real. Some take it to another level, like Reed Hastings, co-founder and former CEO of Netflix, who mentioned in a CNBC article that “he came to believe that ‘the best programmer doesn’t add 10 times the value’ but ‘more like 100 times”[3].

Even Bill Gates famously said, “…a great writer of software code is worth 10,000 times the price of an average software writer.[4]

My journey as a multidisciplinary creator:

To understand the transformative power of AI tools, I embarked on a personal side project—an interactive storybook. Utilizing ChatGPT for the script, Midjourney for illustrations, and Murf.ai for voice overs, I was able to create a digital book from scratch. What would have taken a team of at least four people in the pre-AI era, I accomplished on my own in just over a month (working in my spare time during weekends). The results were pretty good, highlighting the immense potential AI tools hold for individual creativity and productivity.

Here is a link to the book if you want to take a look at the final result:


AI’s impact on business. The rise of talent density:

Integration of AI technology has profound implications for organizations, particularly in terms of talent density (Talent density refers to the concentration of highly skilled and capable individuals within a company or team).

As individuals acquire proficiency in utilizing AI tools, their productivity and efficiency increase exponentially. AI-powered automation, data analysis, and decision-making systems enable employees to accomplish tasks with greater speed, accuracy, and precision. The ability to leverage AI effectively allows individuals to achieve levels of output that were previously unimaginable.

In this context, talent density takes on a new meaning. It is no longer solely about the number of employees but also about the quality and capabilities of those individuals. As companies embrace AI, they seek to attract and retain talent who possess the necessary skills to leverage these technologies effectively.

The impact of talent density extends beyond individual employees to the structure and composition of teams within organizations. With the enhanced productivity and capabilities that AI tools provide, the need for large teams diminishes. Companies can achieve greater efficiency and agility by streamlining teams and reducing redundancy. This restructuring allows organizations to focus on cultivating a core team of high-performing individuals who possess the skills necessary to leverage AI effectively.


The advent of AI tools has heralded a new era of possibilities, enabling individuals to achieve a tenfold increase in productivity and unlock their full potential across various disciplines. The notion of the “Renaissance man,” formerly confined to virtuosos and geniuses, has been reimagined through AI, making it accessible to anyone with a curious mindset and a willingness to explore. The democratizing influence of AI has shattered barriers and opened up new horizons of creativity and productivity.

In the realm of business, the integration of AI has ignited a transformation in talent density. Organizations now recognize the significance of AI skills and strive to attract and retain individuals who can adeptly harness these technologies. Furthermore, as talent density grows, the structure and composition of teams within organizations will undergo evolution. Companies can streamline their teams, eliminating redundancy and maximizing efficiency. This paradigm shift allows for the consolidation of highly skilled individuals who can effectively leverage AI, resulting in agile and adaptable teams capable of driving innovation and staying ahead of the curve. Nevertheless, employees who fail to adapt to and embrace AI technology may face the risk of being left behind.


  1. “Polymath.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 26 June 2023. Web. 29 June 2023. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath#Renaissance_man.
  2. The Verge. (2023, June 29). The Verge AI ChatGPT data survey research. https://www.theverge.com/c/23753704/ai-chatgpt-data-survey-research
  3. Kolakowski, N. (2022, January 4). Netflix CEO explains why he pays technologists huge salaries. Dice Insights. https://www.dice.com/career-advice/netflix-ceo-explains-why-he-pays-technologists-huge-salaries
  4. Hastings, R. (2020, September 8). Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on high salaries: ‘The best are easily 10x better than average’. CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/08/netflix-ceo-reed-hastings-on-high-salaries-the-best-are-easily-10x-better-than-average.html

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