Accel Partners hires ex-Bitly chief scientist Hilary Mason


masonVenture capital firm Accel Partners has hired former Bitly chief scientist Hilary Mason as a data scientist in residence.

Mason previously served as chief scientist of link sharing platform Bitly and has been an advisor for Accel Partner’s Big Data Fund since it launched in 2011. She has also been a member of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council since 2011.

She specialises in building systems that help analyze data and extract insights from the social web in real time.

Accel partner Ping Li said, “Hilary’s data science expertise coupled with her interest in mentoring entrepreneurs makes her the perfect addition to our team.

“As one of the prominent thought leaders from NYs vibrant tech scene, we’re excited to work with her as we add more data driven software start ups to our portfolio.”

In the meantime, Accel could lose the backing of the £5bn Church of England pension fund following a crackdown from the church on payday loans business Wonga.

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