Data Scientists Are Gaining Importance : Saurav Kumar, CEO and co-founder of Cube26
Updated on: 11 May 2016
Data mining and big data analytics have been on the rise since last five years, with new startups entering this space. A 4-year-old startup which has been in this business and has worked with major Indian tech companies is Cube26. It is an India-based technology innovation firm focussed on revolutionising user experience across multiple devices and platforms.
Saurav Kumar, the CEO and co-founder of Cube26, pursued his undergraduation in Computer Science from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University. During his undergraduate study, he raised funds from the President of India to build an autonomous ground vehicle.
We caught up with the young entrepreneur on his thoughts on big data and data mining startups in India and also about what Cube 26 does.
What is Cube26 and what has been your biggest learning in running a start-up?
Cube26 is an India-based technology innovation firm focused on revolutionising the user experience across multiple devices and platforms. We are focusing on three major areas – software, connected devices and data science. Software has been our strength from inception and we have worked with multiple OEMs to help them reach out to their target audience in a non-intrusive way. Another huge focus area for us is the data science arm of our business. It is an integral part of our business. We use data mining to analyse customer behaviour in order to manage attrition and maximise expected customer value. After managing a startup from past four years, my biggest learning and struggle has been around hiring the right set of people. The expansion of team from 4 people to more than 100 now has been a big challenge. It's very important to hire people who understand your company's vision, the work-culture aspect and are keen to work as a partner rather than an employee. Being a tech company deeply involved with the software part, it's very important to keep yourself updated with new tech and innovate continuously. Do you think India is ready for connected device experience?