AI-enabled conversational interfaces are going to change the world of work. Pete Skomoroch is one of the folks who is making that happen.
— Tim O’Reilly
Some of the best data scientists I see often have worked in a few different domains. I think that helps with creativity and problem solving. A nice way to sum data scientists up that I’ve heard: “They’re better statisticians than your average programmer, and they’re better programmers than your average statistician.”
That’s the hard skills side. Then on the soft skills side, I’d say they’re often very creative, which probably comes from having domain expertise in a number of areas and how they’ve seen similar problems before. They’re able to think of ways to use data to solve problems that otherwise would have been unsolved or solved using only intuition.
A data scientist and entrepreneur focused on building intelligent systems to collect information and enable better decisions, Peter Skomoroch is cofounder and CEO of Skipflag, a new startup based in San Francisco. Pete specializes in solving hard algorithmic problems, leading cross-functional teams, and developing engaging products powered by data and machine learning. Previously, he applied his skills to the consumer Internet space at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, where he was an early member of the data science team. As principal data scientist, he led data science teams focused on reputation, search, inferred identity, and building data products. He was also the creator of LinkedIn Skills and LinkedIn Endorsements.
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