ABOUT THE TALK

Good machine learning is built on infrastructure but many startups don't have the bandwidth or resources to build this foundation while scaling. It's difficult to prioritize the pieces of ML Infrastructure that data scientists and engineers need to be productive and successful when the scale of these projects can be months or years for small teams of engineers.

The dividends are large down the road but the cost of pursuing infrastructure that doesn't work or doesn't solve the right problems can leave a team months down the road without necessary progress. This talk focuses on the foundation that any good machine learning system is built on and the elements of ML infrastructure to focus on first.

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Nicholas Handel

Head of Data Science | Branch International

After graduating college at 19, Nicholas Handel eventually landed at Airbnb in 2014 to focus on its early growth efforts before developing Trips, one of Airbnb’s biggest product launches in 2016. Handel then switched to product management and later headed up Airbnb’s Machine Learning teams, helping build artificial intelligence into all of its services, a key strategy for the $31 billion startup, which is tasked with ranking millions of listings based on guests unique preferences.

Nicholas Handel

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