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Startup Data Science and Zipfian Academy Graduation w/ Tim Eller and Nick Elprin

Join us in congratulating the Zipfian Academy Fall 2013 Cohort on their graduation! Meet the graduates as they transition from learning data science at Zipfian Academy to exciting positions in data science and analytics.

We're honored to have two special guest speakers for the evening, who will talk about data science at startups. 

Startup data science is different - it takes a savvy kind of data scientist to execute well in a constrained environment. Nick Elprin and Tim Eller each came to data science at startups in a unique way. We're excited to hear the stories they have to share.

Thank you to Tagged, our generous sponsor for the evening. Join us at their beautiful downtown HQ for an evening of celebrating and talking startup Data Science.


6:30pm: Check-in

6:40pm: Congratulations to the Zipfian Academy graduates

6:45pm: Tim Eller shares his startup consulting work

7:15pm: Nick Elprin presents about Domino (

7:45pm: Networking

About Tim Eller, Founder of ZetaScient:

Tim Eller founded his own data science consultancy, and spent the last year working on projects for stealth startups in Silicon Valley. He recently accepted a position as a Data Scientist at Lyft.

Tim will talk about how to use mathematical models to efficiently track a phone or fitness band moving in space. He'll also give some tips for managing life as a freelance Data Scientist.


For the last year I have been consulting as a data scientist. On the business side, this has entailed lots of networking and convincing companies that I can improve their practices using math. And on the math side, this has entailed lots of ingenuity, both because I have generally worked solo and because real world data problems almost never have textbook solutions. To illustrate, two projects I encountered made use of accelerometer and gyroscope sensor data coming from either a phone or a fitness band. In my analysis, I used both machine learning techniques (e.g. PCA and SVM) and contemporary geometry. Specifically, I used quaternions, which are efficient representations of spatial rotations that were discovered/invented in the 19th century, and which were popularized in computing by the video game industry. Ultimately, deft manipulation of quaternions and accelerations can lead to features that are useful in classifying driving habits or body movements.

About Nick Elprin, Founder of Domino:

Nick is founder of Domino, an SF-based startup building a platform for data scientists that provides easy access to cloud computing, version control and collaboration in tightly integrated package. Before starting Domino, Nick spent seven years designing and building analytics software at a large hedge fund.

Nick will share with us the story of Domino, and give you an opportunity to preview the beta version of the product.

About Tagged:

Tagged makes social discovery products that enable anyone to meet and socialize with new people. Our mission is to help everyone feel love and belonging, and we're building toward a vision where anyone can use a device to instantly connect with interesting new people anytime, anywhere. 

Founded in 2004 and profitable since 2008, Tagged is a market leader in social discovery with over 300 million registered members in 220 countries who make over 100 million new social connections every month. 

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