is President & Chief Scientist at
Kaggle is an innovative solution for statistical/analytics outsourcing. They are the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions. Companies, governments, and researchers present datasets and problems — the world’s best data scientists then compete to produce the best solutions. At the end of a competition, the competition host pays prize money in exchange for the intellectual property behind the winning model. Kaggle has improved the state of the art across a range of fields, including mapping dark matter and HIV research.
Jeremy previously founded FastMail because he was frustrated with the poor state of email services available in the 1990s. He built FastMail into a successful global business and after about 10 years of growth sold it to Opera Software, who now use it as the infrastructure behind OperaMail (and they still maintain the FastMail brand as well).
He also came up with the idea for Optimal Decisions Group and worked with his university friend (and math guru) Bruce Davey to turn it into a business. The idea was to move insurance pricing from the risk-minimization approach used up until that time, to a profit-maximization approach (incorporating price elasticity, competitor prices, multi-period simulations, and so forth). The idea turned out to work really well in practice, and Optimal Decisions built a strong presence in the US, UK, and Australia. After nearly 10 years of constant growth he sold the company to ChoicePoint, Today the product is sold as “LexisNexis Optimal Decisions Toolkit”.
Jeremy contributes to a number of open source projects, particularly the Perl programming language, Cyrus IMAP server, and Postfix SMTP server. He has been active in the development of the Perl language, as chair of the Perl6-data working group, and author of numerous RFCs.
Watch Getting In Shape For The Sport Of Data Science, Jeremy Howard — From Predictive Modelling to Optimization: The Next Frontier, Strata NY 2011 Talk by Jeremy Howard, Jeremy Howard interviewed at Strata 2012, Jeremy Howard — Language Acquisition Performance, Triangulation 57: Jeremy Howard, and Jeremy Howard, President, Kaggle at the NYC Data Business Meetup. Read Designing great data products, Accidental Scientist Hawks ‘Online Marketplace for Brains’, and How we did it: Jeremy Howard on winning the tourism forecasting competition. Read his Google+ profile, LinkedIn profile, and his Wikipedia profile. Follow his Twitter feed.