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The Data Incubator Featured in The Next Web

Today, The Data Incubator was featured in The Next Web. The article, “Data Incubator opens a West Coast campus to groom the next generation of data scientists,” can be found below and on The Next Web here.

 

golden-gate-bridge-388917_960_720Data Incubator, an East Coast fellowship program, is expanding to the West Coast with a new office in San Francisco. Its goal is to prepare highly qualified scientists and engineers for work as quants or data scientists.

The Bay Area campus has already accepted 10 fellows for its inaugural class.

Data Incubator takes fellows with “most of the advanced education and foundational knowledge required to pursue a professional data science role.” Those with Masters degrees or PhDs in computer science, mathematics, social science, statistics, and physics are best positioned to be accepted. Continue reading

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Computer World profile of The Data Incubator

Computer World’s Jaikumar Vijayan recently profiled us:

But even with such skills, some additional prep work is generally needed to handle such a job in private industry. The Data Incubator, a New York-based startup with funding from Cornell Tech, aims to do just that by offering a six-week bootcamp with programs designed to prepare science and engineering PhDs for careers as data scientists and quants.

The program is the brainchild of Michael Li, a former data scientist at Foursquare and a PhD in computational and applied mathematics from Princeton University, who used his experience transitioning from academia to private industry to design the program. The bootcamp will focus on helping academics sharpen their programming, communications and business skills.

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The Data Incubator Featured in Business Insider

Business Insider recently made a list of “15 Things That Are Harder To Get Into Than Harvard” and included The Data Incubator.

Foursquare’s Michael Li began work on another startup in 2014: The Data Incubator.

It’s essentially a boot camp for data scientists. While many programming Ph.D.s have solid research skills, few can meet the pace of a startup. They need training.

Li hasn’t picked the first class of attendees from a batch of more than 1,000 applicants, representing more than 80 universities. But he told VentureBeat, “We cannot accept 5.8%,” referring to Harvard’s rate. “It’s just not possible.”

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Featured in Venture Beat: “It’s free, but harder to get into than Harvard”

For those of you who haven’t seen, we got written about in Venture Beat, who note that we’re more competitive to get into than Harvard: 


Finding a great data scientist can feel like searching for Princess Peach. She’s always in another castle.

There are plenty of programmers who can match a startup’s pace. There are plenty of PhDs with solid research backgrounds. But there’s a serious dearth of job applicants equipped with both skill sets.

Foursquare veteran Michael Li is working on a solution: a hacker bootcamp for data scientists. It’s called The Data Incubator.

The New York startup intends to take the brightest science and engineering PhDs and propel them into data science careers. The inaugural program is scheduled to begin this June.

It’s not designed for folks starting at square one. Applicants should already have some programming experience as well as strong qualitative and communication skills. Li plans to further familiarize his fellows with the tools and technology stack employers actually care about.

That’s an attractive proposal for PhDs uncertain about their next move. But it gets better.  Continue reading

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