Erik Bernhardsson is the CTO of Better. Better is on a mission to change the enormous and hopelessly broken mortgage industry. Erik runs the technology team, which consists of roughly 50 engineers.
Before Better, Erik spent six years at Spotify, mostly building the core of the music recommendation system. He started out writing recommendation algorithms and eventually built a team of 20 people to help out with this.
In his spare time, Erik enjoy building open source software, for instance Annoy (6k stars on Github) and Luigi. Erik also co-organizes the NYC Machine Learning meetup, and writes a tech blog which has a few hundred thousand visitors per year.
Earlier in his life Erik used to do a lot of algorithm competitions. He won an IOI gold medal in 2003 and won the Nordic programming competition five times.
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“The most impact a CTO can have in many ways is recruiting.”
“At Spotify, for the first year, no one told me who my manager was. No one told me a single thing about what to do. I just did things I thought would be valuable to the business.”
“I’m very happy I chose physics. There are so many things you learn including solid state physics, control theory and complex analysis. When I started doing machine learning and statistics it turned out to be super valuable.”
You’re going to want to find vectors of who wants to listen to what track. Using these vectors you can do all of these recommendation operations.
Check out Erik’s website/blog - https://erikbern.com/
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