Looking for skilled data scientists? Don't neglect Belarus and Ukraine in your search.

"We've hired people and have partners doing development from these countries," Sid Banerjee, CEO of text analytics company Clarabridge, told InformationWeek in a phone interview.

Why does data science talent cluster in some places and not others? Seasoned technology executives offer plenty of informed speculation.

"In conversations I've had with folks in Ukraine, their theory is that a lot of the tech talent in the former Soviet Bloc was [directed at] military programs," Banerjee said. "Their schools still teach fairly advanced science and engineering concepts, but the jobs aren't there anymore. So, these people are applying themselves to next-generation commercial problems." Read full story on InformationWeek

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