Data Science Career Map provides proven strategies for landing your first job as a data scientist. While our advice is applicable across many different types of working environments, it is targeted to landing jobs at startups and in the tech industry. Our goal is to help students and professionals in transition who are struggling to break into the industry, without an existing network of connections who can help them get their foot in the door.
Susan Holcomb is the former Head of Data at Pebble, the world’s first major smartwatch company. At Pebble, she built the data science team from the ground up. She has worked as a data science consultant at both high-growth startups and multinational corporations. Before leaving to take a job in Silicon Valley, she was a PhD candidate in Physics at Cornell, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has bootstrapped a number of small businesses ranging from data mining software to education to online retail, and in 2018 she was a Visiting Entrepreneur working on economic development projects in Queensland, Australia.
Susan has hired and trained dozens of data scientists and continues to mentor students and professionals new to the field. Her mentees have gone on to work at Facebook, Google, Stitch Fix, Misfit, Wish, Flatiron Health, Kleiner Perkins, DFJ Venture Capital, and in director-level roles at other startups. Several have also gone on to found their own startups and data science consultancies.