My name is Ante Odić. I’ve been with the
Outfit7 Group since the end of 2013 and I’m the principal data scientist. Data science at Outfit7 is great because we work with all the different teams in the company and we actually use data to try and help them make data-supported business decisions. After college, I moved to Ljubljana and worked at the university on my Phd and I was a bit afraid
about starting something new. When moving from academia to business and industry, you’re afraid because it’s a bit different. In academia, you do research to create articles
and all that stuff. In business, you do research that will have an immediate impact on the
business, which is actually great because when you invest your time in research, you
want to see results immediately. So in the academia,
we had samples of 30 people doing something. Here, we have huge amounts of users and 2TB
of data every day. The best part is proactivity – our team is now generating basically most of the
research questions that we are doing and we are always looking for ways to improve different systems like cross-promotion, ad mediation, and different systems like that. The data science team is the best thing for me – why I it like working here.
I actually started as one man doing hands-on data science.
And now, after a couple of years, that’s already 10 people in the analytics department. It’s great, energetic, and proactive people from different areas, like psychology, mathematics, computer
science, and so on. There’s a great drive to improve
– not just what they’re doing, but improve all processes, the whole team, company, products, everything. And every person brings some new knowledge to the team, and I learn huge amounts of things from them,
and they learn from each other, so we are constantly growing together. We also try to have a lot of fun. It’s not just work, work, work. So if you come by our
department, you’ll see and hear a lot of jokes – both appropriate and inappropriate!
We also have “mini teambuildings” as we call them … and all these different fun and stuff that we do together. I’m from Croatia and before moving to Ljubljana
I lived in Zagreb, where I’m from. There I had a lot of hobbies,
so when I moved here, I brought all those hobbies with me, like playing guitar and making
music, mountain biking, and all that. It’s great here. Besides work there’s also a lot of free time to do what you like. Now, at this moment in time, all those hobbies
are kind of paused a bit because I have a great new thing in my life, which is my baby
girl – her name is Bruna. It’s really amazing how things actually turned out, living
here with my girlfriend and our baby girl – everything’s turned out great.