A Data Scientist's Guide to Start-Ups

Foster Provost, Geoffrey I. Webb, Ron Bekkerman, Oren Etzioni, Usama Fayyad, Claudia Perlich

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    In August 2013, we held a panel discussion at the KDD 2013 conference in Chicago on the subject of data science, data scientists, and start-ups. KDD is the premier conference on data science research and practice. The panel discussed the pros and cons for top-notch data scientists of the hot data science start-up scene. In this article, we first present background on our panelists. Our four panelists have unquestionable pedigrees in data science and substantial experience with start-ups from multiple perspectives (founders, employees, chief scientists, venture capitalists). For the casual reader, we next present a brief summary of the experts' opinions on eight of the issues the panel discussed. The rest of the article presents a lightly edited transcription of the entire panel discussion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-128
    Number of pages12
    JournalBig Data
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 2014

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    © Copyright 2014, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Information Systems and Management
    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science Applications


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