Steve Levkoff

Steve Levkoff

Lecturer/Data Science Consultant


University of California, San Diego/Nerd Kingdom

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I helped co-found Nerd Kingdom with three or four other people.
This was my first venture into data science; I worked my way up to chief economist.
I also acted as the chief financial officer of the company for some time, which was eye-opening.
We ran a Kickstarter campaign, raised a quarter of a million dollars, and launched the company.
The company has grown from 4 to over 60 employees over the last 4 years.
I hold appointments at UCSD in the Department of Economics and School of Global Policy & Strategy.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Economics, General
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, General
Johns Hopkins University
Graduate
Economics, General
University of California-Riverside
Doctorate
Economics, General
University of California-Riverside

Career

Lecturer/Data Science Consultant

I watch and analyze people playing video games in a strategic setting to learn about human behavior.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I might be in my office on campus, lecturing or working problems on the whiteboard; or I could be on my computer coding, which means I could be anywhere from my house to the beach, as long as there's wifi. The beauty of data science and the nature of technology right now is the ability to work on collaborative problems in a remote fashion, without being bound by the geographical differences within your team.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There are a lot of different routes you can take, but for me personally, I took an economics-based route, so I had to supplement my knowledge with some computer programming classes. For others, if you come up through a computer science background, you might want to supplement your education with some more statistical methods and learn how to do more data-based modeling.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

First of all, make sure you're in a good position to acquire your technical skills: that means you're doing well in your math, writing and/or computer science courses. Without some demonstration of the basic skill set needed, it's going to be hard to augment your education and extend your portfolio of knowledge in a meaningful and applicable way.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, General
graduate
Graduate
Economics, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Economics, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Why should I believe in your business?"