Ashok Srivastava(@aerotrekker) on Winning the Art of #DataScience

March 14, 2018

In this podcast, Ashok Srivastava(@aerotrekker) talks about how the code of creating a great data science practice goes through #PeopleDataTech, and he suggested how to handle unreasonable expectations from reasonable technologies. He shared his journey through culturally diverse organizations and how he successfully build data science practice. He shared his role in Intuit and some of the AI/Machine learning focus in his current role. This podcast is a must for all data-driven leaders, strategists, and wannabe technologists tasked to grow their organization and build a robust data science practice.


0:29 Ashok’s journey.
9:58 The role of a CDO at Intuit.
12:45 Ashok’s secret to success working with diverse workforces.
15:42 Building a culture of data science.
19:03 Tactical strategies to convince the leadership about data.
22:03 Comparing a data officer and analytics officer.
24:09 Ownership of data.
27:33 Best practices for putting together a data team.
30:16 Best practices for a company to build a good data science practice.
32:40 Who’s the ideal data science candidate?
35:17 Data citizens as data leaders.
37:47 Use cases of AI at Intuit.
39:55 Deciding which product deserves AI.
42:35 Disruptive nature of AI.
45:05 Ashok’s success mantra.
46:56 Ashok’s favorite reads.
49:15 Key takeaways.

Ashok’s Recommended Read:
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition – by Jared Diamond

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Ashok’s BIO:
Ashok N. Srivastava, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer at Intuit. He is responsible for setting the vision and direction for large-scale machine learning and AI across the enterprise to help power prosperity across the world. He is hiring hundreds of people in machine learning, AI, and related areas at all levels.

Previously, he was Vice President of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Systems and the Chief Data Scientist at Verizon. He is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford in the Electrical Engineering Department and is the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems. Ashok is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Ashok has a range of business experience, including serving as Senior Director at Blue Martini Software and Senior Consultant at IBM.

He has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the IBM Golden Circle Award, the Department of Education Merit Fellowship, and several fellowships from the University of Colorado. Ashok holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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