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White House names DJ Patil as the first US Chief Data Scientist

DJ Patil, who is exclusively represented by Chartwell, has been named by the White House its first Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. Recruited personally by President Obama, DJ will work in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, reporting to US Chief Technology Officer and former Google executive Megan Smith.

DJ – who has worked inside several big-name Silicon Valley operations, including LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Skype, and venture capital firm Greylock Partners – will now act as an evangelist for new applications of big data across all areas of government, with a particular focus on healthcare. He joins the Beltway after four years as Vice President of Product at RelateIQ, a data-mining start-up that was acquired by Salesforce last year.

There is arguably no-one better suited to help the US better embrace the relatively new discipline of data science than DJ; he is often credited with coining the term. Over the course of two decades of work in the private and public sectors and in academia, he has pioneered new ways for institutions to benefit from data.

A press release from the White House’s office of Science and Technology Policy said, “DJ will help shape policies and practices to help the US remain a leader in technology and innovation, foster partnerships to help responsibly maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and help to recruit and retain the best minds in data science to join us in serving the public.”

Megan Smith wrote a blog post for the White House to welcome DJ to the team. Read it here.

DJ Patil joins the startup RelateIQ

It has just been announced that the leading authority on digital media, social networks and data science DJ Patil has joined startup company RelateIQ. Moving on from his position as Data Scientist in Residence at Greylock Partners, DJ Patil has officially joined the team at RelateIQ.

The company use large-scale data-mining technologies to automate relationship tracking in the enterprise and CRM world and launched their public beta in 2013 with a mission to help people build better relationships and make smarter decisions.

Described on the RelateIQ’s blog as their “newest stellar hire”, DJ Patil has become their first VP of Product. He has been adviser to the company from the start, helping founders Steve Loughlin and Adam Evans with tasks such as developing data strategies with engineers.

In the article announcing DJ’s new role, TechCrunch believe he is the ideal candidate: “He brings a significant amount of experience in both data mining and data security, areas where RelateIQ will benefit from Patil’s expertise.” In fact Steve Loughlin told TechCrunch: “We are thrilled to have DJ join the team as his abilities are world-class.”

Click here to visit RelateIQ’s website

Click here to read TechCrunch’s article

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