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Dear Analyst #100: Hitting a hunned! A look back at the top 5 episodes of Dear Analyst

Holy cannoli. Somehow we’ve hit 100 hundred episodes of the Dear Analyst podcast. This podcast started off as an experiment because I was lazy and got tired of writing. I figured speaking about Excel and data analytics would be easier than coming up with prose. Ironically, I’m still writing because all the show notes for […]

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Dear Analyst #99: Hyperscaling at Uber Eats and using VBA to automate M&A models with Ryan Cunningham

MLOps, neuromorphic computing, next-generation enterprises. These are concepts you generally don’t hear about in the field of data analytics. This episode shows that you can parlay a career in data analysis into any field you want. That’s exactly what Ryan Cunningham did to become a Senior Associate Builder at AI Fund. Ryan studied finance and […]

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Dear Analyst #98: How a career in graphic design helps you with data storytelling and visualizations with Wacarra Yeomans

When you’re working in a marketing or advertising agency, you’ll work with clients across various industries. The data you analyze will also vary client to client, giving you exposure to various datasets and the business logic that drives these datasets. Wacarra Yeomans started her career as a graphic designer in the agency world. She always […]

Dear Analyst #97: Becoming a data Swiss army knife for marketing, operations, and customer support data problems with Sarah Krasnik

As a flex player on a data team, you might play the role of a data scientist, data analyst, or data engineer. Sarah Krasnik is one of those people who has held all these roles. In this conversation, Sarah gets into the weeds of what most data analysts do: helping business partners make better decisions […]

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Dear Analyst #96: Treating data as code and the new frontier for DBAs with Sean Scott

What did the developer say to the DBA? It doesn’t matter, the answer is “no.” I’ve never worked with a database administrator (DBA) before but know they play an important part in the data lifecycle at a company. Sean Scott stumbled into the DBA world and has been in this field for 25+ years. He […]

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Dear Analyst #95: Nobody ever got fired for choosing Google Sheets

The motivation for this post/episode is a selfish one (scroll to the very bottom or skip to the end of the podcast to see why). As I thought about the framing of this post during my normal “thinking” moments (commuting, on the toilet, during useless meetings), I realized I’m going to take a different approach […]

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Dear Analyst #94: Helen Mary Barrameda on having a “portfolio career” prior to being a data analyst, winning the NASA Space Apps challenge, and wfh tips

A common theme I’ve noticed from talking with many data analysts and data engineers is that they didn’t come from a “data” background. Helen Mary Barrameda someone who exemplifies this theme. She is based in the Philippines and started her career as a freelance writer in 2004 writing lifestyle pieces. She used her earnings from […]

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Dear Analyst #93: How to bring data literacy to schools and teaching Python with Sean Tibor and Kelly Schuster-Paredes

This episode is quite different from other episodes for a few reasons. One, it’s the first time I’ve had two guests on the show at the same time. Second, it’s the first time I’ve had educators on the show. Third, the guests have a podcast about Python so they taught me a thing or two […]

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Dear Analyst #92: Generating insights from vehicle telemetry data and crafting a data strategy with Victor Rodrigues

Data can come from different places, and one area I don’t hear about too often is from vehicles. Victor Rodrigues is from Brazil and transitioned into a career in data six years ago. Before that, he was working in various IT including network and infrastructure administration. He eventually relocated to Dublin working as a cloud […]

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Dear Analyst #91: Growing Peloton’s product analytics team and growth funnel experimentation at Superhuman with Elena Dyachkova

I first heard Elena speak on another podcast and was shocked to hear an analyst talk about one of the biggest companies to emerge during the pandemic: Peloton. Someone from the inside, as it were, is talking about topics that Peloton would likely want to keep confidential. Due to PR and the restrictions that come […]