[VB VentureBeat] BigDataFr recommends: How we scaled data science to all sides of Airbnb over 5 years of hypergrowt #datascientist

BigDataFr recommends: How we scaled data science to all sides of Airbnb over 5 years of hypergrowth

Five years ago, I joined Airbnb as its first data scientist.

At that time, the few people who’d even heard of the company were still figuring out how to pronounce its name, and the roughly seven-person team (depending on whether you counted that guy on the couch, the intern, and the barista at our favorite coffee shop) was still operating out of the founders’ apartment in SoMA. Put simply, it was pretty early-stage.

Bringing me on was a forward-looking move on the part of our founders. This was just prior to the big data craze and the conventional wisdom that data can be a defining competitive advantage. ‘ […]

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By Riley Newman, head of data science at Airbnb
Source: venturebeat.com

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