In this podcast, Venu Vasudevan(@ProcterGamble) talks about the best practices of creating a research-led data-driven data science team. He walked through his journey of creating a robust and sustained data science team, spoke about bias in data science, and some practices leaders and data science practitioners could adopt to create an impactful data science team. This podcast is great for future data science leaders and practitioners leading organizations to put together a data science practice.
0:29 Venu’s jouney.
11:18 Venu’s current role in PNG.
13:11 Standardization of technology and IoT.
17:18 The state of AI.
19:46 Running an AI and data practice for a company.
22:30 Building a data science practice in a startup in comparison to a transnational company.
24:05 Dealing with bias.
27:32 Culture: a block or an opportunity.
30:05 Dealing with data we’ve never dealt with before.
32:32 Sustainable vs. disruption.
36:17 Starting a data science team.
38:34 Data science as an art of doing and science of doing business.
41:37 Tips to improve storytelling for a data practitioner.
43:30 Challenges in Venu’s journey.
44:55 Tenets of a good data scientist.
47:27 Diversity in hiring.
50:50 KPI’s to look out for if you are running an AI practice.
51:37 Venu’s favorite read.
Venu’s Recommended Read:
Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer – Michael White http://amzn.to/2FzGV0N
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk – Peter L. Bernstein http://amzn.to/2DRPveU
Venu Vasudevan is Research Director, Data Science & AI at Procter & Gamble, where he directs the Data Science & AI organization at Procter & Gamble research. He is a technology leader with a track record of successful consumer & enterprise innovation at the intersection of AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, and IoT. Previously he was VP of Data Science at an IoT startup, a founding member of the Motorola team that created the Zigbee IoT standard, worked to create an industry-first zero-click interface for mobile with Dag Kittlaus (co-creator of Apple Siri), created an industry-first Google Glass experience for TV, an ARRIS video analytics and big data platform recently acquired by Comcast, and a social analytics platform leveraging Twitter that was featured in Wired Magazine and BBC. Venu held a Ph.D. (Databases & AI) from Ohio State University and was a Motorola’s Science Advisory Board (top 2% of Motorola technologists). He is an Adjunct Professor at Rice University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department and was a mentor at Chicago’s 1871 startup incubator.
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