Startup vs. BigCo: Industry Experiences Compared

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Ben Peirce (Samsung Research America)
Choosing a career path in industry after spending years in academia can be daunting, particularly when deciding between working for a large company or a startup. In this talk, I'll discuss my experiences in both environments, and consider the pros and cons of each for people with more theoretical backgrounds.

Ben Peirce is Sr. Director of Development at Samsung Research America in Mountain View, CA, where his team builds analytics tools for mobile software services. He joined Samsung in 2018 through the acquisition of his virtual reality analytics startup, Vrtigo, where he served as CEO. Prior to co-founding Vrtigo, Ben spent a decade building analytics systems at several startups as either founder or early employee. He has a Ph.D. in engineering and S.M. in applied mathematics from Harvard, where he studied control theory and robotics, and a B.M.E. from the University of Minnesota.