Ben Taylor

Chief Data Scientist

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“Every month I do something that no human has done before.”

MY ROUTE:

The Roundabout Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Chief Data Scientist

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of LEARNING AND BEING CHALLENGED and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

A great day at work involves loading massive unstructured datasets onto the cloud, running them through GPUs, using deep learning, and trying crazy new tricks that nobody has ever tried and seeing them work. I love having an idea, testing it, and seeing the validation that my inspiration was good. My work lets me work remote, from home, and sometimes even out of the country. I love being appreciated for what I do, not how long I sat at my desk. I use my brain at work, not everyone can say that.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

You need to have passion. You need to LOVE what you do, if you don't you will struggle to succeed in my line of work because I have to continue to learn weekly. If you love working with really smart people, learning something new every day, and solving impossible problems you will do great. Helpful skills involve programming, math (linear algebra, calculus, statistics), cloud computing (AWS, linux, databases, bash, python) and curiousity. Programming is awesome, try it today!

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Chief Data Scientist

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Mathematics, General
  • Graduate - Computer Science

What I studied NOT AT ALL RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Meridian
  • Undergraduate - University of Nevada-Reno, Chemical Engineering
  • Graduate - University of Utah, Chemical Engineering

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

Learn math and programming, study sklearn and python. Be active in local meetups.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM PEOPLE

“Go to medical school.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

Don't listen to old people, times have changed.

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