Tianhui Michael Li

Founder and President

The Data Incubator

Building and Scaling a Data Science Culture

As your data and AI teams scale from one to thousands of employees, you will encounter roadblocks along the way. From handling messy data to productionization and customer adoption, these obstacles can delay or even derail otherwise strong teams. Drawing on experiences gleaned from hundreds of clients, Michael Li presents a framework that successful companies have embraced to build and scale their data teams. The talk goes over how organizations progress along three maturity curves: Analytical, Operational, and Organizational.

As enterprises strive to move along each of these maturity curves, they must solve various organizational challenges and develop new capabilities and skills in order to become data-driven organizations. We will provide key takeaways for managers and executives for each step of the maturity curves.

About Tianhui Michael Li:

Michael Li is the founder and president of The Data Incubator, a data science training and placement firm. Michael bootstrapped the company and navigated it to a successful sale to the Pragmatic Institute. Previously, he headed monetization data science at Foursquare and has worked at Google, Andreessen Horowitz, J.P. Morgan, and D.E. Shaw. He is a regular contributor to Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, Wired, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Entrepreneur, Venture Beat, Tech Target and O'Reilly. Michael was a postdoc at Cornell Tech, a PhD at Princeton, and a Marshall Scholar in Cambridge.