Today's Entrepreneur: Jeremy Howard

Kristin Karaoglu · February 10, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: If you don't make a start, you'll never achieve it

Today's Entrepreneur is Jeremy Howard, President and Chief Scientist at Kaggle. According to his VEQ, Jeremy is a thought leader and is good at technology design and product development.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
FastMail, Optimal Decisions

Startups I worked for:

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:
Kaggle, Airbnb, Square, StackExchange

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
It's frustrating to have so many ideas but only so many hours in the day to make them happen. Can someone please invent a machine where I put my idea in one end and a startup pops out the other end?

But it's rewarding to being doing what you believe in, with people you believe in. I could never work for a big old stodgy corporate again.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Most hopeful entrepreneurs I meet haven't yet taken the first step: to actually quit their job and start following their dream. If you don't make a start, you'll never achieve it.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

  1. Listen.
  2. Don't give up.
  3. Never stop learning

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Kaggle is a platform for data prediction competitions that allows organizations to post their data and have it scrutinized by the world's best data scientists. In exchange for a prize, winning competitors provide the algorithms that beat all other methods of solving a data crunching problem. Most data problems can be framed as a competition.


Jeremy Howard

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Kaggle President and Chief Scientist; Founder of FastMail.FM and Optimal Decisions; ex-management consultant, now nearly fully recovered.