Managing Data Science Teams and Hiring Machine Learning Engineers with Harikrishna Narayanan (YC Stealth Startup)

Machine Learning Engineered

Feb 9 2021 • 1 hr 15 mins

Harikrishna Narayanan is the co-founder of a YC-backed stealth startup. He was previously a Principal Engineer at Yahoo, a Director in Workday's Machine Learning organization, and holds an M.S. from Georgia Tech. Every Thursday I send out the most useful things I’ve learned, curated specifically for the busy machine learning engineer. Sign up here: https://cyou.ai/newsletter (https://cyou.ai/newsletter) Follow Charlie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlieYouAI (https://twitter.com/CharlieYouAI) Subscribe to ML Engineered: https://mlengineered.com/listen (https://mlengineered.com/listen) Comments? Questions? Submit them here: http://bit.ly/mle-survey (http://bit.ly/mle-survey) Take the Giving What We Can Pledge: https://www.notion.so/charlieyou/Content-Pipeline-af923f8b990646369a85a00a348a1e12 (https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/) Timestamps: 02:45 How Hari got started in computer science and machine learning 06:00 Making the transition from IC to manager 14:35 What it means to be an effective engineering manager 19:20 Differences in managing machine learning vs traditional software teams 24:30 The importance of explaining complicated topics simply 30:15 How he thinks about hiring for data science and machine learning 36:50 Mistakes Workday made as it adopted machine learning 41:50 Essential skills for machine learning engineers 54:05 Why the future of AI is augmentation, not automation 58:30 His experience so far with YC 01:02:00 Rapid fire questions Links: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/ (Growth Mindset) https://fs.blog/2012/04/feynman-technique/ (The Feynman Technique) https://www.radicalcandor.com/ (Radical Candor) https://www.trilliondollarcoach.com/ (Trillion Dollar Coach) https://thewisemangroup.com/books/multipliers/ (Multipliers) https://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/good-to-great.html#articletop (Good to Great) https://hbr.org/books/watkins (The First 90 Days) https://www.harpercollins.com/products/crossing-the-chasm-3rd-edition-geoffrey-a-moore?variant=32130444066850 (Crossing the Chasm) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_to_One (Zero to One) http://theleanstartup.com/ (The Lean Startup) https://hardthings.bhorowitz.com/ (The Hard Thing About Hard Things) https://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens-2/ (Sapiens) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/20549/a-short-history-of-nearly-everything-special-illustrated-edition-by-bill-bryson/ (A Short History of Nearly Everything) https://numenta.com/resources/on-intelligence/ (On Intelligence) https://www.predictionmachines.ai/ (Prediction Machines) https://algorithmstoliveby.com/ (Algorithms to Live By) https://sdv.dev/ (The Synthetic Data Vault)