Sam Bhagwat

Econ nerd turned programmer. Currently software engineer at Zenefits. Contact me at calcsam _at_ gmail.com


Bridging Economics and Data Science

A data-based discipline, impeded by a dated toolset


As a Stanford undergraduate, I decided to major in economics because clever uses of data were always in the air.

One of my professors hand-classified 10,000 records from a 19th century industrial fair, finding an incredible story about how patent laws…


The Next Time A Recruiter Pings You, Ask Them How Much You’re Worth

Two problems, one solution


If you’re an engineer living in the Valley, you’re probably…


Finding your second engineering role

A contrarian view


I’d been a backend engineer at Boingo Wireless for about a year when I learned that they were moving my position from SF down to LA.

The next three weeks were a maelstrom of interviews, culminating in me accepting an offer from Zenefits.


Data analyst to data scientist

Four paths


I’m an analyst who’s made the transition to programming and data science.

This career transition can be abrupt and discontinuous — two successive jobs will have little to do with each other. Or it can be indirect and gradual — where a series of jobs or roles leads you generally towards data science.


Three approaches to early retirement

If you didn’t have to work, what would you do?


Get-rich-quick schemes are an American staple, going back to Horatio Alger.


Outsource your job search

My people clicked through job boards as I networked and learned to program


Breaking into programming: customer development and the art of landing your Minimum Viable Job (MVJ)


I fell in love with Silicon Valley at my first startup.


Bridging Economics and Data Science

A data-based discipline, impeded by a dated toolset


As a Stanford undergraduate, I decided to major in economics because clever uses of data were always in the air.

One of my professors hand-classified 10,000 records from a 19th century industrial fair, finding an incredible story about how patent laws…