Related Event: Duncan Watts – Oct. 25, 5-7pm

From McGill’s Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science (

Join us on the evening of October 25th at the McGill Faculty Club for a keynote and reception to celebrate the official launch of the Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science.
Exciting ideas and research happen when social and cultural questions are brought together with computational and quantitative methods.  The newly-formed Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science is a new home for students and faculty interested in these exciting frontiers.  Come learn about the new centre, its activities over the past year, and how you can join this vibrant interdisciplinary community.
  • When? October 25, 2017 from 5-7 PM
  • Where? McGill Faculty Club Ballroom
  • Keynote on “Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges” presented by Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founding member of MSR-NYC lab, bestselling author, and pioneer of computational social science.
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Bronfman 245

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All are cordially invited to attend.

We investigate the expectations individuals have when they join startups as employees and whether these expectations are generally met. Our inductive study suggests that individuals join startups because they expect to experience greater professional growth, personal fulfillment, and financial rewards than they would in more established firms. These expectations are widespread and persistent, but the anticipated benefits mostly do not materialize. We find this paradoxical outcome is the result of three structural issues associated with startups: 1) misaligned interests among investors, founders, and employees, 2) the startup experience only allows for superstitious learning, and 3) high levels of homophily in startup employees’ social networks.

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