The World's Largest Analytics Networker

1) What prompted you take a career in science, and what has been the reason you stuck to it, and been a success in it ?

I was doing mathematics for fun at a very young age when my friends were interested in sports, cars and movies. When I finished my master, I was approached by one of the professors to pursue a PhD program. It was in statistics (image analysis, bayesian clustering), and I thought that choosing statistics rather than number theory  or numerical analysis would increase my chances of getting a job after presenting my thesis. At that time, my favorite subject was indeed number theory – I was even published in J. of Number Theory. After earning my PhD, I moved to Cambridge, then North Carolina, then the Internet industry – with a very interesting detour into finance and risk management / fraud detection between 2002 and 2005.

2) AnalyticBridge is the world’s largest network for analytic professionals ? What prompted you to build it, what were the critical milestones, and what is your vision for it ?

It is a convergence of multiple factors. The feeling that the startup I was involved with at that time wasn’t doing well, the fact that I had a large network (thanks in part to LinkedIn) and that I discovered Ning.com (while browsing recruiter networks) on February 16th, 2008 – the date AnalyticBridge was born. I decided to create and grow AnalyticBridge very fast, both through networking, quality content, and significant paid advertising. I hope that within 5 years it will be five times bigger in terms of members, and even more profitable

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The World’s Largest Analytics Networker

1) What prompted you take a career in science, and what has been the reason you stuck to it, and been a success in it ?

I was doing mathematics for fun at a very young age when my friends were interested in sports, cars and movies. When I finished my master, I was approached by one of the professors to pursue a PhD program. It was in statistics (image analysis, bayesian clustering), and I thought that choosing statistics rather than number theory  or numerical analysis would increase my chances of getting a job after presenting my thesis. At that time, my favorite subject was indeed number theory – I was even published in J. of Number Theory. After earning my PhD, I moved to Cambridge, then North Carolina, then the Internet industry – with a very interesting detour into finance and risk management / fraud detection between 2002 and 2005.

2) AnalyticBridge is the world’s largest network for analytic professionals ? What prompted you to build it, what were the critical milestones, and what is your vision for it ?

It is a convergence of multiple factors. The feeling that the startup I was involved with at that time wasn’t doing well, the fact that I had a large network (thanks in part to LinkedIn) and that I discovered Ning.com (while browsing recruiter networks) on February 16th, 2008 – the date AnalyticBridge was born. I decided to create and grow AnalyticBridge very fast, both through networking, quality content, and significant paid advertising. I hope that within 5 years it will be five times bigger in terms of members, and even more profitable

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Bollywood Review -Rock(ed) On

This is a cool movie. Mix great music, lovely acting, all the right dudes and dudettes. Bet it will take you to your college festivals where the music was loud and thus nice, the hair was long , we wore jeans that were NOT ironed, and the future was a hazy thing in the past. Its about the investment banker called Farhan Akhtar (yes the path breaking director himself) whose wife finds his stash of 
rock band memorabilia.

An indie style movie with a mainstream cast.

Cut to the past, and forward to the future, this is about how friendships change, nostalgia, good music, and how ageing poets can sometimes get a second chance to get their chance in the spotlight. And Arjun Rampal gets to do a cool lead guitar act, while Poorab and Luke (MTV VJs )chip in with sidekick show. Reminds you of the beatles, Parikarma and what not. This movie rocks on and on.

Go watch it.

or stick to investment banking.

India and the Internet:SimplyMarry.com

What prompted you to enter the internet media space, and what qualities do you think made you succeed in it.

I just loved the internet since I started using it, somehow I always felt this is the medium for me. I created a portal long time back and then joined an internet firm. The best thing about the medium is that the product, marketing, content and sales are close-knit than in any other medium. Another great part of it being it’s flexibility, you can create lot of designs of experiments at almost zero cost, and implied risk.

Whatever little success I have had is because of my passion for the field, which has given me a sound understanding of behaviour of web consumption. I think consumer behaviour is the key here, which has to driven by great data interpretation skills, which is basically the level of understanding of the medium.

What’s your most challenging project ever (anonmous details)

My most challenging project has been the C2C engine success challenge. This is a case of concurrent profiles, threshold traffic, registered traffic, returning traffic and overall site engagement metrics. Now this is tough t build and tough to break as well, still very tough to build. The returning traffic is a component of current traffic, which makes it a chicken and egg story in C2C domain. This is the toughest part, the “engagement metrics” forecasting is the key, and you can never be precise on this, the engine needs to be fueled on scientific data analysis, industry trends, consumer research and believe it or not, lot of heuristics. And if you go wrong, you can waste millions of dollars for

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Poetry Books :Online Orderable Anywhere

Using Self Publishing On Demand Website , www.pothi.com (an Indian start up and pioneer in the on demand publishing space) ………………..here are both my poetry books.

You can order them online (including international shipping at

http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ajay-ohri-corporate-poetry

and http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ajay-ohri-case-i-dont-see-you-again

Episode 2:The Chrome Wars

So Microsoft announced a nifty looking Internet Explorer 8.0 while Google announceds

a browser called Chrome. Here is a screenshot .So many new browsers and so little time.

This is inspite of the 10 % share of Mozilla Firefox,

Opera , and Apple’s Safari. An a huge percentage that still sticks to IE 6.0

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OT :Poetry

Using Self Publishing On Demand Website , www.pothi.com (an Indian start up and pioneer in the on demand publishing space)  ………………..here are both my poetry books.

You can order them online (including international shipping at

http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ajay-ohri-corporate-poetry

and http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ajay-ohri-case-i-dont-see-you-again