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Data Scientist Interview: Florian Leibert of Airbnb

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Florian Leibert is currently a Tech Lead at Airbnb. He has previously worked as a software engineer and applications developer at Twitter, Ning, a large ad company, and other startups. He has extensive experience with distributed data structures, Hadoop, algorithm design, predictive modeling, lexical semantics, and more. In contrast to our previous data scientist profiles, Florian sits lower down on the stack, working more on architecture than in analysis. Above, the logo for Apache, of Apache Mesos, the cluster management platform that Florian discusses in detail below.   Metamarkets: What is your background like, starting from university and going through […]

Data Scientist Interview: Florian Leibert of Airbnb
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Data Scientist Interview: Michal Migurski of Stamen

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Michal Migurski is the Director of Technology and partner at Stamen, a San Francisco design studio specializing in data visualization and mapmaking. He has been building for the web since 1995 and earned his degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley. Below, Michal talks about how Stamen makes beautiful interactive maps out of geographic data (like the one above of the Bay Area), the past and future of visualization, and whether he considers himself a data scientist.   Metamarkets: What is your day-to-day work like? Michal Migurski: We do a lot of work with geography and maps. That's both base […]

Data Scientist Interview: Michal Migurski of Stamen
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Data Scientist Interview: Amy Heineike, Director of Mathematics at Quid

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Amy Heineike is the Director of Mathematics at Quid, where she has been since its inception, prototyping and launching the company’s technology for analyzing document sets. She studied mathematics at Cambridge University. She previously worked at Volterra Consulting, an economics consultancy in London. Above is a Quid cluster map showing the connections across sectors for technology companies in 2010.

Data Scientist Interview: Amy Heineike, Director of Mathematics at Quid
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Data Scientist Interview: Pete Warden, Co-Founder of Jetpac

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Pete Warden is the co-founder and CEO of Jetpac, an app that curates travel photos from friends. He founded Open Heat Map, and formerly worked as a Senior Engineer at Apple. He is a prolific blogger and wrote a few things for O’Reilly Media.   Metamarkets: How did you get where you are today? Pete Warden: I actually started off in the computer graphics world. I worked writing low-level code for game consoles like PlayStation back in the day when that was big. Then I ended up doing a bunch of open source video effects for live concerts and clubs. […]

Data Scientist Interview: Pete Warden, Co-Founder of Jetpac
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Data Scientist Profile: Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist at bitly

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Hilary Mason is Chief Scientist at bitly. She co-founded HackNY, which aims to create a community of student hackers, and edits the dataists blog. Hilary was formerly a computer science professor and studied computer science and machine learning at Brown.   Metamarkets: What's a typical day like at bitly for you? Hilary Mason: There really is no typical day, which I find exciting. My title is Chief Scientist and I lead our team of data scientists and engineers. As a team we do things like business analytics for helping to make better business decisions within the company. We also do […]

Data Scientist Profile: Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist at bitly
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