Dr. Andreas Weigend is interested in the impact of data on individuals, business, and society. As the Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, he helped build the customer-centric culture central to Amazon’s success. He now directs the Social Data Lab, and currently teaches at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Andreas works with innovative startups and global companies alike, helping them ask the right questions, define relevant metrics, and understand their customers based on their data. His clients include Alibaba, AT&T, BMW, DBS, Founders Fund, GE, Lufthansa, MasterCard, IBM, SingTel, Tencent, Thomson Reuters, Walmart and the World Economic Forum.
Andreas studied physics, and philosophy in Karlsruhe, Bonn, and Cambridge (UK). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford for his work on neural networks and was a post-doc at Xerox PARC. His career as a data scientist combined with his industry and startup experience allows him to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry. He is currently writing the a book about the new data refineries and transparency, Data for the People (to be published by Basic Books, Fall 2016), putting forth a digital bill of rights for a world where everything is recorded.