DataGotham 2012 - IAmA: A Startup's First Dataist Panel





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Published on Sep 18, 2012

Adam Laiacano, Tumblr - Adam is a data scientist/engineer at Tumblr, a blogging platform with over 60 million blogs. He's responsible for collecting and analyzing data analysing large volumes of data to gain a better understanding of trends within the tumblr community. Before joining tumblr, he designed signal detection systems in ultra low-power atomic clocks.

Fred Benenson, Kickstarter - Fred is the data engineer at Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. His interests include LEFT JOINs, Hadley Wickham's R libraries, and building self service data tools. His first Kickstarter project was Emoji Dick, a project to fund a Mechanical Turk powered translation of Moby Dick into emoji. He has a masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and BA in philosophy and computer science from their undergraduate college. In a former life, he was a copyright activist and worked for Creative Commons while helping start the students for free culture movement.

Roberto Medri, Etsy - Roberto is the Group Manager for Analytics at Etsy, the world's leading marketplace for independent creative businesses. Roberto and team use the wealth of data Etsy has to help the company make good decisions along all stages of the product lifecycle, from revenue insights and scouting of opportunities, to building and instrumenting products, to tracking, visualizing, and improving performance through experimental design. Roberto joined Etsy in the summer of 2010 and graduated in 2011 as a Palmer Scholar from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on customer analytics. Previously, Roberto worked across Europe for Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. He holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Roberto grew up in Lake Como, Italy.


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