Data Scientists at Work featuring Jake Porway
January 08, 2015
I’m really excited because we at DataKind focus on applications of data science to make the world a better place. So using the same technologies that help Netflix recommend movies you want to watch, we apply similar techniques to problems, like sourcing clean water, combating human rights violations, or addressing other pressing social issues. It really feels like a brave new world, and the chance to use data science skills to do something good at this time is just incredibly rewarding.
-Jake Porway, Data Scientists at Work
Our Executive Director and Founder, Jake Porway, was recently featured in a new book called Data Scientists at Work by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Through in-depth interviews with 16 data scientists from a variety of industries, this book is a great read for those interested in learning about career paths within the profession and thoughts on its future. We were thrilled to be included amongst such an impressive group with DataKind friends like Claudia Perlich and Victor Hu, one of our Data Ambassadors. This means all the chapters are fascinating, but we of course have to point out chapter 16 in particular:

Chapter 1. Chris Wiggins (The New York Times)
Chapter 2. Caitlin Smallwood (Netflix)
Chapter 3. Yann LeCun (Facebook)
Chapter 4. Erin Shellman (Nordstrom)
Chapter 5. Daniel Tunkelang (LinkedIn)
Chapter 6. John Foreman (MailChimp)
Chapter 7. Roger Ehrenberg (IA Ventures)
Chapter 8. Claudia Perlich (Dstillery)
Chapter 9. Jonathan Lenaghan (PlaceIQ)
Chapter 10. Anna Smith (Rent The Runway)
Chapter 11. Andre Karpistsenko (Planet OS)
Chapter 12. Amy Heineike (Quid)
Chapter 13. Victor Hu (Next Big Sound)
Chapter 14. Kira Radinsky (SalesPredict)
Chapter 15. Eric Jonas (Independent Scientist)
Chapter 16. Jake Porway (DataKind)

In fact, we loved it so much, we wanted to share it with you all to give you an inside look at DataKind and Jake's thoughts about the future of data science for good. If you're in the Bay Area, Jake will be speaking about these topics at DataKind San Francisco's Meetup January 12th so join us.
To read all the chapters, buy your copy today.

Chapter 16 excerpted by courtesy of the publisher from Data Scientists at Work by Sebastian Gutierrez (Apress, 2015):
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