Christophe Williams, Data Science Developer in Arlington, VA, United States
Christophe Williams

Data Science Developer in Arlington, VA, United States

Member since January 7, 2020
Christophe holds an MBA from Wharton and leads Cedar Labs, a data science consultancy. He has ten years of data science experience across Capital One, Amazon, the 2012 Obama campaign, and several startups. Christophe has expertise in finance, marketing, and retail. His specialties include data strategy and architecture, hiring data teams, time series and forecasting, regression and classification, machine learning, NLP, analytics, and ETL/pipelines.
Christophe is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

Location

Arlington, VA, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Python, Jupyter, AWS, Docker, SQL, Elasticsearch

The most amazing...

...project I've developed recommended products to cultural diasporas for a large eCommerce platform, starting with the US before rolling out internationally.

Employment

  • CEO

    2019 - PRESENT
    Cedar Labs
    • Led data science consulting practice, focusing on data strategy and growth-oriented data services.
    • Served as fractional chief data officer for early-stage startups: set strategy, built capabilities and products, hired talent.
    • Supported user acquisition, forecasting, resource allocation, product development; specialized in fintech and SaaS companies.
    • Offered the following services; strategy, governance, hiring data teams, architecture, predictive analytics, time series analysis, regression, classification, recommendation systems, machine learning, natural language processing, ETL, and pipelines.
    Technologies: Python, AWS, Node.js, Serverless
  • Lead Data Scientist

    2018 - 2019
    Foundry.ai
    • Served as general manager of hud.ai (the second oldest portfolio company within the Foundry.ai startup studio): led the product roadmap, data science, business development, and customer success.
    • Built dozens of new feature sets/models across full stack, coordinating in-house and offshore developer teams and doubling sales. Executed pivot in product strategy, built new product and go-to-market strategy.
    • Built NLP models with TensorFlow and Scikit-learn, deployed using Docker, Serverless/Lambda, and scaled with Node and elasticsearch.
    • Developed new ETL process and built data pipelines from scratch for large text datasets, using Python, Selenium, AWS Lambda + Layers, and both Postgres and a data lake.
    • Consulted for telecom company and built advanced predictive models for buying propensity, customer churn, and marketing campaign effectiveness. Built large competitive intelligence system using cloud-based crawlers, which along with first-party data were used to train and update predictive models.
    Technologies: Python, Scikit-learn, TensorFlow, Docker, AWS, Serverless, Node.js, Elasticsearch
  • Co-founder, Head of Product

    2016 - 2018
    CitySense Technologies
    • Provided SaaS analytics services to water utilities to reduce lost revenue.
    • Built most popular product, which forecasted resource usage and identified deviations in order to pinpoint equipment degradation.
    • Built an MVP and beta app, launched in three pilot cities.
    • Won third place at the Penn Wharton Startup Competition ($35,000), Summer Venture Award ($10,000), and Innovation Fund ($1,500).
    Technologies: R, Shiny, JavaScript, AWS, Elm
  • Senior Product Manager (MBA Intern), US Marketplace

    2017 - 2017
    Amazon
    • Designed and built machine learning models to target grocery and CPG items to fast-growing Amazon shopper segments.
    • Led partner teams around the world to implement and refine model, scaled to three international markets.
    • Led process by coordinating technical and non-technical teams during scoping, development, and planning for roll-out.
    Technologies: Scala, SQL
  • Product Manager (Earlier roles: business manager, senior business analyst)

    2013 - 2016
    Capital One
    • Led acquisitions of high-spending consumers across the company’s flagship products, Venture and Quicksilver.
    • Created an innovative model connecting the effects of offline and online marketing. Obtained a $10 million testing budget to conduct full analysis. Led a small team in the analysis of results.
    • Delivered learnings that drive millions in annual value to the CEO and Board. Developed product strategy for market-leading cash rewards card, Quicksilver, growing new customers through digital channels by 40% annually.
    • Designed and launched multi-million-dollar campaigns to acquire customers and build brand value in high-impact markets, coordinating a half-dozen internal and external teams. Promoted < nine months after joining the team.
    • Oversaw credit card loss forecasting using advanced financial models in multi-billion-dollar credit portfolios.
    • Managed biannual stress test of $70 billion in card loans, coordinating the process across 15 people, and producing whitepaper for the Federal Reserve.
    Technologies: SAS, SQL, Python, Excel/VBA
  • Statistical Modeling Analyst

    2012 - 2012
    Obama for America
    • Developed finely tuned models of voter turnout and candidate support in 2012 battleground states.
    • Mined massive voter-level datasets with >1,000 data fields (demographics, voting history, household info, 3rd-party data).
    • Discovered prediction discrepancies and created new models which overcame poor state data in key variables (e.g. age, party registration).
    Technologies: Stata, SQL, Excel

Experience

  • Topic Modeling for Sales Intelligence Platform (Development)
    http://hud.ai

    Built an end-to-end system for modeling news article topics for hud.ai, an AI-enabled sales intelligence platform. Led the roadmap, development, deployment, and maintenance of the model, ensuring efficient operation for hundreds of thousands of articles.
    Executed the following:
    • Conducted user interviews to qualify needs and scope project
    • Sourced training data
    • Cleaned and preprocessed data
    • Developed and iterated on topic hierarchy
    • Built, validated, evaluated models, choosing gradient-boosted decision tree approach based on sentence-vectorized embeddings
    • Dockerized models for serving at an API endpoint
    • Built new data tables and API logic to score hundreds of thousands of articles and store scores in RDS and Elasticsearch
    • Updated UI/UX to incorporate topic models, and fine-tuned through additional user interviews

Skills

  • Languages

    Python, SQL, R, Excel VBA, Scala
  • Tools

    Jupyter, Tableau, MATLAB
  • Paradigms

    Data Science, Serverless Architecture, ETL
  • Other

    Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Time Series Analysis, Statistical Forecasting, Data Analysis, Data Analytics, Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Excel, Statistics, Data Reporting, AWS, Financial Forecasting
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, Vue.js
  • Platforms

    Docker
  • Industry Expertise

    Financial Modeling
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MySQL, Data Pipelines
  • Frameworks

    Django, Spark

Education

  • Master of Business Administration degree in Management
    2016 - 2018
    The Wharton School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics
    2006 - 2010
    Williams College - Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

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