Hilary Mason: Fast Forward Labs CEO

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Erin Carson

Fast Forward Lab’s Hilary Mason talked to TechRepublic about taking data and making useful products for clients.

It’s an age-old battle: Cats versus dogs.

One day while working as link-shortening company Bitly’s chief scientist, Hilary Mason and a coworker decided to run an 8-hour computational job to figure out whether more people shared pictures of cats or dogs on the Internet. And, why not?

“That just made me realize that the technology had become so cheap for this large scale analysis that we could play with it, and when you can play with technology, then really creative, awesome stuff can happen,” Mason said — the least of which is finding out that dog pics are shared most.

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