Building a Team from the Inside Out:Alok Gupta on the Evolution of Data Science at Airbnb

In an interview with Alok Gupta, a Data Science Manager at Airbnb and former algorithmic trader, I learned about the introspective efforts the company has made to scale its rapidly growing data science team into what it is today and how they (and other data teams) face the future. While the evolution of the team’s organizational structure has permitted Airbnb’s data scientists to flourish, the company’s level of accomplishment derives from a “laser focus” on two things: truly caring for their employees and making highly intentional data-driven decisions. Whether it’s developing open-source tools for reproducible research or striving to improve the status of diversity in data science, Alok makes it clear that Airbnb pursues efforts which converge on these two guiding principles. Hypergrowth: Scaling from 5 to 70+ data scientists…


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