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Dear Analyst #102: Building a culture of experimentation on a data analytics team with Mel Restori, former Director of Analytics at Trove

Experimentation is a valuable activity in a variety of functions. A product team should be constantly experimenting with features to see which variant leads to the most engagement, sales, or some target metric. But what about on a data analytics team? Mel Restori is the former Director of Analytics & Analytics Engineering at Trove, a […]

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Dear Analyst #101: How to invest in modern data startups with David Yakobovitch

Outside of Excel, you’ve seen and heard multiple data platforms on this newsletter and podcast. Everything from commercial data platforms to open-source platforms driven by communities. In this episode, you’ll hear the other side of the data platform ecosystem. David Yakobovitch is a general partner at DataPower Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in […]

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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 […]