Hilary Mason is the Chief Scientist at bit.ly, where she finds sense in vast data sets. Her work involves both pure research and development of product-focused features. Before joining bitly she was Chief Scientist at Path101 and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at J&W University.
She’s also a co-founder of HackNY (hackny.org), a non-profit organization that connects talented student hackers from around the world with startups in NYC. Hilary recently started the data science blog Dataists (dataists.com) and is a member of hacker collective NYC Resistor.
Hilary speaks widely, including PyCon 2011 (keynote), Web 2.0 Summit, Strange Loop (keynote), TechCrunch Disrupt, Strata 2011 (keynote) and more. In the previous year she has been named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list, and been featured in publications as diverse as Glamour, Fast Company, and Scientific American.
She has also discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.
Why are you an entrepreneur?
I like to make things that make the world more interesting. Sometimes these things are businesses, sometimes they are technology, and sometimes they are just things that make people think a bit differently. I’m curious about everything and like to get into just a little bit of trouble. It’s more fun than doing anything else!
bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. We are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web.
bitly is available via our website, browser extensions, mobile web, and numerous third-party tools integrated with our open public API. All links shared via bitly allow users to view complete, real-time traffic and analytics data. bitly also powers more than 10,000 custom short URLs and offers an enterprise analytics service that helps web publishers and brands grow their social media traffic.