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Talk Specially Designed for
Michigan Students
Sept 2015
Viral Kadakia
Sam Reid
by
Data Driven Approach to
Launching your C...
1. Candidates from 500+ universities are using 500 Miles. Get the free app
: http://ios.500miles.io : http://android.500mi...
Mohak Shroff
LinkedIn
What do these industry leaders have in
common?
Marissa Mayer
Yahoo!
Aditya Agarwal
Dropbox
Mohak Shroff
LinkedIn
What do these industry leaders have in
common?
VP of Engineering
2013
Software Engineer
2000
Enginee...
What do these industry leaders have in
common?
VP of Engineering
2012
Engineer
2005
Software Engineer
2004
Carnegie Mellon...
VP, Search & UX
2005
CEO
2012
Software Engineer
1999
Stanford University
Class of 1999
What do these industry leaders have...
What do these industry leaders have in
common?
Career✔Job
Didn’t get a job Found a career launching employer
I-Missed-The-Boat Syndrome
What does Computer Science teach us about picking
the right career? (Hint: Hill Climbing Algorithm)
You could start
here
…...
How do you discover these career
launching companies?
1. Discover
How do you tell if it is a career launching
company?
2. Evaluate
Before we put machines to work, lets first ask us
humanoids this question? 
Is it a company that is:
• Solving a critical...
1. Which tech company with hired the most talent in the past year?
2. Which employer did Airbnb hire the most from?
3. Alu...
Lets talk technology
How do we learn more about users?
What powers the app?
How do we optimize our users’ experience?
How do we get all the dat...
Logical architecture
Collect user dataData ingestion User analytics
Insights generation
Recommendation
engine
Big Data ingestion
Collect user dataNews feed
Proprietary data
Public data / API
Social network
Entity extraction
Entity d...
IBM
International Business Machines
IBM Corp
IBM Corporation
IBM inc.
…
Entity De-duplication
Michigan
Univ of Michigan
Un...
Google
Facebook
Microsoft
Apple
LinkedIn, etc
Square
Dropbox
Sprinklr, etc
Cloudera
Dropbox
Uber
SurveyMonkey, etc
Twitter...
Company
Data
Machine learning challenges
Example
Jobs
Connections
User behaviors
User preferences
Skills
Recommendations
Recommendations
– Square, Dropbox (high-
growth)
– Facebook, Google (Brands)
– …
Company
Data
Personalized recommendations...
So, is this still the best way to find the right
employer that will launch your career?
Our members come from over 500 campuses
Bootstrap
Egnyte at a glance
• Pre-IPO company with $62M in funding
• 200+ employees in Mountain View, CA (heart of Silicon Valley) ...
ThoughtSpot at a glance
• ThoughtSpot’s vision to become Google for Business Knowledge
• Team of top industry veterans inc...
Chartcube at a glance
• Chartcube’s product offers compelling data visualizations and collaboration experiences
from a com...
500 Miles Coding Challenge
Email your answers to flock@500miles.io
1. Write a function to return top-K elements in an arra...
Responsibilities
• Evangelist & Marketing champion for the campus
• Speak at university forums on this topic
• Support stu...
Perks
• Early access to 500 Miles products
• Access to 500 Miles dataset for university projects
• First dibs at internshi...
Questions?
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Data Driven Approach to Launching your Career

  1. 1. Talk Specially Designed for Michigan Students Sept 2015 Viral Kadakia Sam Reid by Data Driven Approach to Launching your Career
  2. 2. 1. Candidates from 500+ universities are using 500 Miles. Get the free app : http://ios.500miles.io : http://android.500miles.io 2. Invite your friends & colleagues to download the app. They will thank you for it  3. Employers are looking for interns and full-time graduates. Apply to roles from “NOW HIRING on 500 Miles” stack. Candidates from MIT, Ohio State, Georgia Tech & UIUC are already in interviews 4. Join the conversation on facebook by joining the “Tech Jobs & Internships” Launch your Career!
  3. 3. Mohak Shroff LinkedIn What do these industry leaders have in common? Marissa Mayer Yahoo! Aditya Agarwal Dropbox
  4. 4. Mohak Shroff LinkedIn What do these industry leaders have in common? VP of Engineering 2013 Software Engineer 2000 Engineering Lead 2008 University of Texas, Austin Class of 2000 Marissa Mayer Yahoo! Aditya Agarwal Dropbox
  5. 5. What do these industry leaders have in common? VP of Engineering 2012 Engineer 2005 Software Engineer 2004 Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2004 Aditya Agarwal Dropbox
  6. 6. VP, Search & UX 2005 CEO 2012 Software Engineer 1999 Stanford University Class of 1999 What do these industry leaders have in common? Mohak Shroff LinkedIn Marissa Mayer Yahoo! Aditya Agarwal Dropbox
  7. 7. What do these industry leaders have in common? Career✔Job Didn’t get a job Found a career launching employer
  8. 8. I-Missed-The-Boat Syndrome
  9. 9. What does Computer Science teach us about picking the right career? (Hint: Hill Climbing Algorithm) You could start here …or here “People early in their career should learn from computer science: meander some in your walk (especially early on), randomly drop yourself into new parts of the terrain, and when you find the highest hill, don’t waste any more time on the current hill no matter how much better the next step up might appear.” - Chris Dixon (General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)
  10. 10. How do you discover these career launching companies? 1. Discover
  11. 11. How do you tell if it is a career launching company? 2. Evaluate
  12. 12. Before we put machines to work, lets first ask us humanoids this question?  Is it a company that is: • Solving a critical problem in a huge market with an innovative solution • Has hired a top-notch team from well known companies • ..and great universities • Team that is growing fast and one that is paid well • Hypothesis that investors believe in are willing to fund • Business with a lot of customer traction already • …… 2. Evaluate
  13. 13. 1. Which tech company with hired the most talent in the past year? 2. Which employer did Airbnb hire the most from? 3. Alums of which university has Spotify hired the most? 4. How much more does Square pay to its engineers as compared to others? 5. Which tech company sponsored the most H-1B visas last year? Sept 2015 http://ios.500miles.io http://android.500miles.io Trivia
  14. 14. Lets talk technology
  15. 15. How do we learn more about users? What powers the app? How do we optimize our users’ experience? How do we get all the data needed? How should this information be presented?
  16. 16. Logical architecture Collect user dataData ingestion User analytics Insights generation Recommendation engine
  17. 17. Big Data ingestion Collect user dataNews feed Proprietary data Public data / API Social network Entity extraction Entity de-duplication Relationship mappers Big DB Processing engine
  18. 18. IBM International Business Machines IBM Corp IBM Corporation IBM inc. … Entity De-duplication Michigan Univ of Michigan University of Michigan, Ann Arbor IBM University of Michigan
  19. 19. Google Facebook Microsoft Apple LinkedIn, etc Square Dropbox Sprinklr, etc Cloudera Dropbox Uber SurveyMonkey, etc Twitter Tableau Box, etc Brands - Large cap Brands - High growth Heavily funded Recent IPOs Cloudera Salesforce Box Amazon, etc Uber Lyft, etc Enterprise, Cloud Consumer 500 Miles, etc Early stage Classification 23
  20. 20. Company Data Machine learning challenges Example Jobs Connections User behaviors User preferences Skills Recommendations
  21. 21. Recommendations – Square, Dropbox (high- growth) – Facebook, Google (Brands) – … Company Data Personalized recommendations User preferences User analytics Example
  22. 22. So, is this still the best way to find the right employer that will launch your career?
  23. 23. Our members come from over 500 campuses Bootstrap
  24. 24. Egnyte at a glance • Pre-IPO company with $62M in funding • 200+ employees in Mountain View, CA (heart of Silicon Valley) & Poland • Looking for interns and full-time graduates • Winning over Dropbox & Box in the enterprise space • Millions of paid users and thousands of customers including IKEA, Home Depot, AppDynamics, Aerohive Networks, Red Bull and others
  25. 25. ThoughtSpot at a glance • ThoughtSpot’s vision to become Google for Business Knowledge • Team of top industry veterans including co-founder of Nutanix (Pre-IPO), technical leaders from Google, Amazon, Microsoft (Research) and Oracle • Scale-out architecture supports searching 10+ billion records in a matter of ms • Series B funded company ($40M) and 95+ employees in Palo Alto, CA • Looking for interns and full-time graduates
  26. 26. Chartcube at a glance • Chartcube’s product offers compelling data visualizations and collaboration experiences from a complex excel spreadsheet in a mobile app • Team of industry veterans from eBay, Apple, McKinsey and Sun. • Backed by investors of Nest, Lithium and Zuora • Looking for interns and full-time graduates
  27. 27. 500 Miles Coding Challenge Email your answers to flock@500miles.io 1. Write a function to return top-K elements in an array. Ordering is not needed. Assume large data sets. (Extra credit: What is the time complexity and space complexity of your solution?) 2. Write a function to find the minimum number of coins to make change. Input is the actual amount to make change for, and the denomination set itself. Example: function(77, {1, 5, 10, 25, 50}) = 4
  28. 28. Responsibilities • Evangelist & Marketing champion for the campus • Speak at university forums on this topic • Support students and answer questions • Channel feedback & suggest product improvements Requirements • CS/ECE background • Well spoken & committed (3-5 hours/week) • Leadership experience (preferred) • Interested in data mining & machine learning (preferred) Campus Lead
  29. 29. Perks • Early access to 500 Miles products • Access to 500 Miles dataset for university projects • First dibs at internship and full-time openings • Interact with team and ambassadors from other colleges • Referrals & recommendations for positions at other Tech employers • Recognition from the company Process • Come talk to us today or drop us an email flock@500miles.io • In a few sentences, explain how you would support students and get the word out Campus Lead
  30. 30. Questions?

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