Judd Antin

Judd Antin is Director of Research at Airbnb, where he leads a global organization of over 100 amazing humans across 6 research functions. Prior to joining Airbnb in 2015, Judd was Research Manager at Facebook. Judd completed his Ph.D. in Information Management & Systems at the School of Information at UC Berkeley in 2010. In 2011 Judd was named one of MIT Technology Review's top 35 innovators under 35.

RRS '19 Talk

To become a Research Leader, You Have to Stop Being a Researcher

Our model of leadership in research has to be broader than it currently is. Researchers are too often stuck in their lane, territorial. We’re too prone to viewing leadership only as doing something more advanced within research - a harder, more complex, more foundational research problem or a bigger research organization. For research to take its place as a leading function in industry, we must embrace our potential as business leaders and get outside of the research lane.


In this talk I’ll draw from experiences not only as a research leader but also as a leader of cross-functional design and product organizations. I’ll share examples, learnings, failures and successes. I’ll share observations and ideas on how every researcher can get out of their own way and embrace the power of our transferable skills for product and business leadership.

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