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Coworking with Manuel Oros

He’s staff product manager for personalization and search at Crunchbase.
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Manuel Oros

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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?

Herding really, really smart and passionate cats. Joking aside, I believe my role is to exercise sound judgment and ensure we focus on the most valuable features to Crunchbase’s customers. Specifically, by figuring out what we should create next and why, how it can be done, and how to gauge if we’re succeeding.

What’s your favorite emerging tech project you’ve worked on?

I loved working on our new Similar Companies feature at Crunchbase. It uses machine learning to help dealmakers discover companies they should know about and prospect to based on the profile they are already viewing.

On the surface, the task seems simple. Given company A, return similar companies. Pretty straightforward. But the journey proved challenging. We started simple, but with a forward-looking infrastructure. This allowed us to progressively build a more complex neural network that continuously improves the data quality for our users. It’s a project the team is very proud of and a benchmark for future data science projects here.

What emerging tech are you most optimistic about?

I’m most hopeful about self-supervised learning enabling us to make real headway in artificial intelligence. It presents a solution to the bottleneck for building more intelligent generalist models without requiring massive amounts of labeled data. I believe these future models will someday allow us to create software that does the job for you.

For example, Spotify can connect people with artists. But what if Spotify could actually make music specifically for you? Or if Airbnb could design and manage vacations on your behalf?

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