Domino Data Lab team members gather to celebrate the start of Company Kickoff 2020 at the San Francisco office. (All photos in this piece provided by Domino.)

The most impactful companies in business today — from Pfizer to Netflix to Facebook — use data science as their primary engine of growth and expansion. And predictive modeling — Domino Data Lab’s specialty — allows the world’s leading innovators to peer into the future and see what they’ll need to thrive. Below, Domino co-founders Nick Elprin (CEO) and Chris Yang (CTO) discuss the growing fields of quantitative research and machine learning, the power of iteration, and how understanding customer needs can lead to the next big success.

What does Domino Data Lab do today, and how will that change in the next 5–10 years?


A StockX Detroit team member. (All photos in this piece provided by StockX.)

StockX was launched in 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, as an online marketplace for hard-to-find sneakers. In the years since, StockX has expanded geographically — with 13 offices and authentication centers around the world — and commercially across several categories, including apparel, electronics, collectibles, and accessories. The company now employs more than 1,000 people globally and serves consumers in more than 200 countries. We talked with StockX CEO Scott Cutler about the exciting challenges of the company’s rapid growth, as well as the guiding values that keep it on track.


The importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work may be obvious, but implementation requires dedicated effort. At Confluent, the team has moved from community-driven DEI efforts to deliberate and structured initiatives spanning the entire company. A critical part of this work has been the leadership of Confluent’s new and currently-forming Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), headed up by a team of committed employees. …


Photo provided by Standard Cognition.

How many hours have you spent standing in line so far this year — and what could you do if you got those hours back? For the team at Standard Cognition, making in-person shopping seamless means not just removing friction from your next trip to the grocery store, but fundamentally changing the way people spend their time. …


(Illustration provided by URx)

With a career spanning university admissions and career counseling, venture capital, startup recruiting, and D&I, Wahab Owolabi has emerged as a leader in inclusive early career development. We recently caught up with him to discuss his organization URx, and to learn more about how it’s helping recruiters and companies think about internships — in the time of COVID and beyond.

For those who don’t know, what is URx?

URx is an organization that champions building a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our goal is to enable recruiters to practice inclusive hiring, increase their access to diverse talent, and stay on top of the changing recruiting landscape as it relates…


Note: At Job Portraits, we default to honesty. And the truth is, the world looks a lot different now than it did when we began production on the below story. But we also believe that now more than ever, it’s important to share stories of good people doing good work, like the folks at Quizlet. During this time of uncertainty, we’re sending well wishes to all our readers. May you be safe and healthy.

VP International Richard Gregory on Taking Quizlet Global

When Richard Gregory first got a call about Quizlet, he hadn’t heard of it. But his teenage son and daughter definitely had. They and their classmates…


Note: At Job Portraits, we default to honesty. And the truth is, the world looks a lot different now than it did when we began production on the below story. But we also believe that now more than ever, it’s important to share stories of good people doing good work, like the folks at Quizlet. During this time of uncertainty, we’re sending well wishes to all our readers. May you be safe and healthy.

Quizlet Engineering Manager Genevieve Krzeminski on Using Data to Help the World Learn

As a lifelong Denverite, Engineering Manager Genevieve Krzeminski was already sold on the location of Quizlet’s second HQ. But it was the people — and the…


Note: At Job Portraits, we default to honesty. And the truth is, the world looks a lot different now than it did when we began production on the below story. But we also believe that now more than ever, it’s important to share stories of good people doing good work, like the folks at Quizlet. During this time of uncertainty, we’re sending well wishes to all our readers. May you be safe and healthy.

A Product for All of Humanity: CEO Matthew Glotzbach on Quizlet’s Vision for the Future and What Sets the Company Apart

If you ask Matt Glotzbach whether to join an edtech company, he’ll say, “Don’t do it.” But as for Quizlet? “Luckily, we’re not an edtech company.”…


Five years in, Confluent is one of the fastest-growing enterprise companies in history — and with more than half of a massive market still unaddressed, the Sales team is just getting started. Below, Marie Gassée (VP, Growth and Revenue), Erica Schultz (President, Field Operations), Dani Traphagen (Senior Systems Engineer), and Sona Vohra (Account Executive) share why they joined the company, what’s challenging about their work, and how Confluent’s growth-centric culture supports team members at every level.

For those who aren’t familiar, what is Confluent?

Dani: Confluent provides an event streaming platform that enables enterprises to build a new class of applications that can leverage real-time data from anywhere…


Diego in a central hallway of Digit’s HQ, located in San Francisco’s Financial District (photo provided by Digit).

Four years after joining Digit as its first data practitioner, Diego Represas now helps lead the Data Science/AI team. Below, he explains what drew him to the 10-person company (now 80 people), discusses what’s different about Digit’s business model and vision, and shares some of the unique technical challenges the team is tackling with cutting-edge ML and AI.

For those who aren’t familiar, what does Digit do?

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