April 9, 2022

Being the best in the world with Tarush Aggarwal

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Show Notes

In this conversation with Shiv, Tarush Aggarwal, CEO at 5X, shares his experience and views on:

  • Starting as a software engineer and realizing that his interest lay in the bigger picture
  • Working on a benchmarking application that later became an analytics theme
  • Discovering the big picture from a lot of detailed data
  • How zooming in and out of data lets one discover insights
  • Data engineering being the bridge between business and the engineering team
  • Handling unstructured data and data warehousing based on SQL
  • Unstructured data still having some niche applications
  • Having the contextual information on top of data
  • Predictive analytics is like building a skyscraper
  • It takes time to understand the company’s data to start having effective models
  • His trigger moment to turn entrepreneur: being in Bali on the first day of covid
  • Why 5X as the name for his company – inspired by Robin Sharma
  • An unfamiliar familiar feeling – turning CEO
  • Working with people and emotions as well as data without emotions
  • Tips for people consuming data based solutions
  • Why one should focus on data as a key strategy for any company
  • His tips for people considering a career in data : where the playbook is just getting started to be written : #the moderndatastack

Tarush is one of the leading experts in leveraging data for exponential growth, with over ten years of experience in the field.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2011, he became the first data engineer on the analytics team at Salesforce.com. Data was in its infancy, and the log metric framework which Tarush built was critical in allowing Salesforce to analyze data across customers and provide benchmarks across different industries and verticals.

Most recently Tarush led Data for WeWork. WeWork leveraged data to be able to grow 10x in 3 years, supporting a footprint of 800+ offices in 120+ cities in 23+ countries with over 12,000 employees, making WeWork one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Tarush scaled the data org from 2 to 100+ and their unique approach allowed them to stay lean while supporting every functional area of the business. In 2019 he moved to China to help establish WeWork’s Asia operations and focus on the hyper-growing Chinese market.

Social handles & reachout email – 

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOHdgLesV3FesXXl9-8V_w

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DataWith5x

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/datawith5x/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DataWith5x

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/datawith5x

Email – hello@5x.co

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