The Stanford Economics Alumni Speaker Series is excited to announce our second event of the year, “Economists in Tech.” Our guests will include a range of Stanford Econ alums and other economists working throughout the tech world. They’ll share their insights into how to apply an Econ major in the tech industry, as well as anecdotes and wisdom from their own careers.
Guests of honor will include:
Mike Bailey is a senior economic research scientist at Facebook and manages the News Feed Science and News Feed Integrity teams. The News Feed Science team is the group of data scientists who study the News Feed ecosystem and build models of consumer and producer behavior to better understand user preferences for content and the incentives of content producers on Facebook. Previously Mike founded and managed the economic research group within the Facebook data science team. The economic research group is a team of economists, data scientists, social scientists, and engineers conducting use-inspired research in the areas of pricing, forecasting, macroeconomics, mechanism design, auctions, and economic modeling and simulation. Mike joined Facebook in 2011 as one of its first economists and helped design and build Facebook’s advertising demand estimation and forecasting system. Mike holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in economics from Utah State University. Prior to Facebook, Mike was a research intern at Yahoo! studying the effectiveness of targeted advertising.
Owen graduated from Stanford in 2012 with a BA in Economics and a MA in East Asian Studies. He now heads sales at a Real Estate technology startup called Opendoor.
Tilman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. His current research interests include machine learning, applied microeconomics and -metrics, and household, behavioral, and corporate finance. Tilman holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn. As an undergraduate student, Tilman founded and sold a startup that traded in virtual goods.
Duncan Gilchrist is a data scientist and economist who recently joined Uber’s Marketplace Optimization Data Science team, focusing on pricing. Prior to Uber, Duncan spent two years at Wealthfront where he worked on automated financial planning products. He has a bachelor's in applied mathematics and a PhD in business economics from Harvard, and has half a dozen publications across the fields of market design, industrial organization, and behavioral economics. In 2014, Duncan was an Exchange Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Dan Knoepfle got his PhD from the Econ Department at Stanford in 2015; his research was on internet commerce, and my advisors were Jon Levin, Liran Einav, and Muriel Niederle. After an internship on Facebook's Economics team, he joined Uber in August of 2014. He's now a Senior Economist on the Policy and Communications team at Uber.
Edward Marks is an artist, designer, developer and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. While a senior at Stanford University, Edward co-founded Inedible Software, a company that created some of the most popular applications in the early years of the iPhone App Store with over 12M downloads between them. After Inedible was acquired in 2011, Edward co-founded a venture-funded ($6M raised) startup called Twist, where he built the iPhone development team and led design. For the last two years Edward has worked on a series of projects, most recently focusing on creating public art. He has exhibited in several galleries, gathered over 30k Instagram followers, and created street art and murals in San Francisco, LA, Miami, and St. Louis.
Eric Mayefsky is a Product Manager at Quora in the Ads product group. Previously, Eric worked on ads data and product at Facebook, and in between he co-founded WeFinance, a loan crowdfunding platform driven by real identities and social connections. Eric has a PhD in Economics (and some other undergraduate stuff) from Stanford, focusing on Behavioral Market Design.
Issi Romem is Chief Economist at BuildZoom. He has always been fascinated with cities and earned a Ph.D. in economics at Berkeley to study them. He currently teaches econometrics at Berkeley. In the past, he has consulted for clients engaged in complex economic litigation, as well as for the Bay Area Council on matters involving housing, transportation, and the regional economy.
Emily Glassberg Sands
Emily Glassberg Sands leads a team of data scientists and data science managers at Coursera, an online education company with a mission to transform lives through access to high-quality education. Her team works on decision science and data products for platform growth, user content discovery, the learning experience, and Coursera's new enterprise offering. Emily received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 2014 where her research focused on experimental and applied methods to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making.