Articles by Monica Rogati
Our open-to-the-public LinkedIn tech talks have always been exciting to people interested in big data, machine learning or distributed systems. However, the most popular event in the series highlighted a different type of scalable online learning — one where humans are interpreting new data, receiving feedback, and constantly improving.
Our speakers were Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, world-renowned computer science professors at Stanford and machine learning superstars. They recently launched Coursera, which is partnering with Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania to offer free online courses to everyone.
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What makes entrepreneurs different, and where do they come from? Are they born or taught? Are they unusually mobile in their careers? Does geography play a role? Do mentors and relationships matter?
Numerous studies explore these questions by surveying hundreds of entrepreneurs. At LinkedIn, we take a different approach, on a different scale. By sifting through more than 120 million public profiles, we can analyze tens of thousands of startup founders’  profiles – and find common threads linking their careers.
Are some names more successful than others? Is your name influencing your career (as David Brooks suggests, noting that Dennis is more likely to become a dentist and Lawrence a lawyer)? Or are both your career and choice of name influenced by factors like personality and values?
Any attempt to explore these questions would need some cold, hard data. LinkedIn is the perfect place to start: you can find 100 million professionals, their first names and their corresponding career histories (or, as our data science team calls it, a fun project waiting to happen). I took advantage of one of our InDays to examine the correlations between people’s first names and their career choices. We’d like to share our findings with you in an infographic designed by Anita Lillie:
January is almost over. But if you didn’t get that promotion, don’t worry – there’s always April, especially if you’re in India.
One of the questions we’ve heard from you is whether there is an ideal time of the year to ask for a promotion. Does the answer depend on whether you are in Australia or in France? Does it change if you are a teacher or an engineer?
Recently, our Chief Scientist, DJ Patil highlighted an interesting trend around the migration of professionals post the collapse of several of the major financial institutions. In that post, we also solicited your ideas and questions. Well, this week we take on one of the more popular topics – the emergence of new job titles.
What’s an example of one of these emerging trends? Between 2002 and 2007, we have noticed a surge in the percentage of job titles that include the term “ninja”. Modern day ninjas are not experts in martial arts or stealth soldiers – today they are more likely to throw Java exceptions rather than steel stars.