Argyris Zymnis is the creator of AdGrok, an online advertising start-up, recently bought by Twitter, and a specialist in data analysis. Born in Athens, Argyris began his academic studies at Cambridge University in 2004 and later received a master's degree (MS) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His research focuses on developing optimization algorithms for various applications in science and engineering. He began his professional career in Adchemy as a research engineer prior to founding AdGrok in 2010. As of 2011, he works for Twitter as a software engineer.
In his own words...
On what it's like working for Twitter:
"It's a great work environment. You enjoy great freedom in what you want or do not want to do."
On how the way of working there differs from Greece:
"The role of management is not to tell you what you do on a daily basis, but to direct you correctly and help you overcome any obstacles. I feel that I have the freedom to go to whoever I want. For example, if I have a serious issue and I want to talk to the General Manager, he will be happy to hear me out."
On how someone can work for Twitter:
"Many companies in San Francisco have paid internship programs. Twitter takes care of all the bureaucracy with regard to the visa and other practical issues. You can come here and gain valuable experience, see how life is in San Francisco, and see how the tech industry works."
On how he would like to help Greece:
"It could be, for example, a tool that would help Greeks find work more easily or something that would improve how education in Greece works or something that would help Greek families in a difficult financial situation."