Industry Talk: Adam Vogel, Managing Director of Data Science, SignalFire

Date: 

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall 103 Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Come join the Harvard Data Science Initiative and Adam Vogel, Managing Director Data Science, SignalFire for a talk about a career in Data Science.

This talk is for Harvard Affiliates Only so please use your Harvard email address when signing up. Those without a Harvard email address are subject to ticket cancellation.

 

Data Science in Venture Capital Investing

Venture capital is the primary funding mechanism for new data science and AI companies, yet until recently the industry itself didn't use these technologies! In this presentation I'll discuss the challenges of utilizing data throughout the entire VC pipeline - from sourcing and diligencing companies, winning the deal, and then to supporting portfolio companies. Venture investing presents several challenges that aren't present in the better-known world of automated stock trading, such as private or incomplete market data, vital human relationships, and the fact that the startups of today do not look like the businesses of the past. I'll also touch on the pitfalls of introducing new methods to legacy industries and the career transition from academia to industry.

Adam Vogel is Managing Director of Data Science at SignalFire, a re-design of the classic venture capital firm to leverage data and (semi)-automated processes for supporting portfolio companies. Prior to his work at SignalFire he was a natural language processing and machine learning academic out of the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group.

 

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