A Timely Discovery
His early quest searching for industrial applications for his mathematics and computing skills opened his eyes to the then-evolving world of big data and machine learning.
Amid the explosion of available digital data, it was becoming increasingly evident for corporations of the need to utilise data science technologies to clear the noise to support critical business decision-making.
“The future of humanity is certainly going to be integrated with big data,” thought Himanshu, “and I’m standing right at the precipice of that seismic change.”
With that revelation, Himanshu chose to join payment leader Visa straight out of college.
There he dabbled and honed his big data and machine learning skills, experimenting and building cutting-edge artificial intelligence models from zero to one while enjoying the thrills of problem-solving fresh daily challenges as competitors tried to catch up.
He also pioneered a Queue Management Tool that drove a more than 30% improvement in operational efficiency for the Visa Big Data Platform and experienced the joys and satisfaction of building an impactful data science product from scratch.
These milestones became the hallmark of his three-year stint at Visa.
So intrigued was he by the massive value creation data science brings to the payment field that he started musing about the expansive possibilities this would mean for a myriad of more conservative industries including food, oil & gas, and manufacturing.
This intense curiosity reminded him once again of his ambition of solving big-world challenges.
He might have achieved much at Visa and was on a fast-paced, upward trajectory, but fintech was fast becoming commonplace. If he wanted to ride on his quick momentum at an accelerating rate, he needed a bigger problem in a still-traditional space – that’s where there will be the largest value add with data science.
And he had to decide on that ‘mystical’ industry fast – being the earliest entrant in an old fashion market yields the highest return for his quality and robust machine learning solutions.
His only roadblock: he knew no one outside of the finance and information technology domains.
When he chanced upon Entrepreneur First, it was as if the door to a new world of untold possibilities swung open.
“Immediately connecting with a pool of exceptional individuals from diverse fields was exactly what I needed to kickstart my entrepreneurial dream,” recalls Himanshu, “I have to jump on this opportunity and so leaving Visa to join Entrepreneur First was a straightforward decision for me.”