How I Made It: Elena Grewal leads Airbnb’s data scientists

The gig: Technology companies collect data about the pages people look at, the links they click on, and the things they search for. At Airbnb Inc., it’s Elena Grewal’s job to figure out what all that data means. Grewal, 31, is the interim lead for data science at the $25.5-billion San Francisco start-up.Drawn to data: The daughter of an immunologist and a chemical engineer, Grewal always thought she’d follow her parents’ path into science. “I like to joke that I’m still a scientist,” she said. She studied economics and political science at Yale University, during which she spent a summer in India working on a project to bring clean water to children who had acute diarrheal disease. “I realized a lot of the challenges to public health weren’t necessarily about bringing the best kind of medicine,”…


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