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Ople, Inc.

411 Borel Ave Suite 205 · San Mateo, CA

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Ople is on the 2nd Floor #205. From elevator, turn right then right.

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In this inaugural meetup, all of our speakers are pioneers who have made a major impact on business. This is a great mix of technologists who have made a substantial impact on either a company or a whole industry. They will provide an understanding of the importance of tools, technology, and process along with lessons learned in transforming an entire enterprise through machine learning.

6:00 Networking
6:30 Presentations
8:00 Networking
8:30 Program End

|| Technical Knowledge for Business Leaders ||
|| Tim Sears, VP Data, Science Target ||

|| Machine Learning & Software Product Lifecycles ||
|| Ahmet Gyger, Director Product Management Salesforce Serice Cloud Einstein ||


Tim Sears
Former VP of Data Science, Target

Tim Sears built the Data Science & Engineering team at Target, taking it from 30 to 140 data scientists, data engineers and platform engineers over his 4+ years at Target. During that time Target underwent a major transformation in its software development strategy. In this talk, Tim will share his experiences about how to maximize the value of data science to an organization that is on the journey of "transformation with a capital T". He will explain how learning how to talk about data science as a "product" is the first step and how to manage the risks and opportunities along the way. Finally, he will explain the importance of showing the value and business impact, which is critical to guiding future investment in this fast-moving area. All these lessons have helped Target build a sophisticated, well-integrated team using machine learning to compete successfully with Amazon and Walmart.

Ahmet Gyger
Ahmet has deep experience in managing machine learning products, including Einstein, Siri, Azure ML and Bing. He is currently Director of Product Management for Einstein at Salesforce where he works on conversational AI. When it comes to managing processes with cross-functional teams for Machine Learning products, few people have expertise at Ahmet's level.