When you have a product that touches the lives of thousands of people, you need team members who are dedicated to sifting through data and unearthing actionable insights. We chatted with Ravi Surdhar, a Data Analyst at Scoop, to learn more about his career and get a deeper look at how our Analytics team consistently improves the carpool experience.
Hi Ravi! Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Colorado, do a lot of backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and the like. Any outside activity I’m up for. I also love playing guitar—music has played a huge role in my life. And I’ve been working at Scoop for three months now.
How did you get into Data Science?
I’ve had a pretty different path than most people. Before coming to Scoop, I was in the United States Air Force as a pilot for seven years. I earned my Master’s degree in Aerospace at Cornell University and discovered that I actually wanted to fly the planes—not just build them. I loved my job, but around two years ago, I began facing some medical issues that led me to start considering careers outside of the military.
Originally, I thought I wanted to go back into aerospace engineering, but then my wife started working in tech and I thought I’d look into it, too. After doing some research, I found that Data Science would be a field that could allow me to explore my passions.
What led you to Scoop?
Once I found that data science was the field I wanted to double down on, I began looking for roles that could allow me to reach my full potential. My friend Ranjeev introduced me to Scoop, and I found that I completely connected with the people and mission here. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and the product is substantially improving a pain point for thousands of commuters.
I find the way Scoop creates a product that improves the lives of individuals and also has a larger impact on the environment, to be especially inspiring. The challenges I was also told were available for someone in this role to tackle really excited me, and it just became the perfect opportunity to learn and grow my technical skills.
Take us through a few of your projects here.
Over the last few months, I’ve utilized analytics as a means to increase efficiency for the company as a whole. One of the ways I did that was by writing a script that decreased the time it took to process invoices from 45 minutes to just two minutes. Right now, I’m working on a project for understanding the activity behavior of our carpoolers. My current goal is to make a better experience for them through behavior modeling.
What’s Scoop’s Analytics team like?
The Analytics team is a cohort of very, very smart people with mixed levels of expertise. Our team is led by folks who have a lot of experience, and it creates a really great opportunity to not only grow from those who have more knowledge but also grow alongside other co-workers. If I have a technical question about something, I just ask my peers; that way, we learn together. It’s also a small team, so we all work pretty work closely, and it’s just created this amazing problem-solving atmosphere. So, I’d say if that’s the type of environment someone’s looking for in a job, Scoop is the place to be.
Interested in joining Ravi on the Analytics team? Check out our latest job openings to learn more.