There is no doubt about it: the tasks that happen in data science can be complicated and unpredictable. The way we do business, sell, promote, strategize, and grow in today’s world ultimately has become data-driven. That’s why you need to have a good team that can keep up with the data. Now most organizations, from small start-ups to large-scale companies, are using the help of data scientists and data-minded folks to tap into the many opportunities that data possesses. And some companies are only just getting started.
Today’s episode is part of a recording of a live fireside chat we hosted just a few weeks ago here in Indianapolis, where we discussed the topic of “Unlocking the Power of Data Science and Visualization.” Joining me on this special podcast episode is the VP of Data Science at High Alpha, Mark Clerkin.
Mark is an experienced data science leader with an exceptional track record of conceiving, developing, and delivering innovative processes and products. He is a mentor with Techstars and The Last Mile. Mark and his team are the architects of building statistical analysis, data pipelines, data visualization, and machine learning solutions for High Alpha’s portfolio companies.
Throughout this episode, you’ll get to hear Mark discuss the benefits of possessing soft skills, using data in startups, and bringing diversity to high performing teams. Also, you’ll get to listen to a featured interview with KSM Consulting’s Director of Talent, Louonna Kachur where she shares the fantastic energy and culture that KSM is building and the kind of talent they’re currently looking for on this episode of Powderkeg Igniting Startups.
In this episode with Mark Clerkin, you’ll learn:
- How to make meaningful connections with other tech folks
- The biggest opportunities in data science and visualization
- Why startups should use data science to capture key data
- How Data Science has become inherently diverse
- Mark’s hope for the Indianapolis tech community and data science
Please enjoy this conversation with Mark Clerkin!
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Mark Clerkin quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“There’s such a robust tech scene here in Indianapolis that it’s easy to come back in and plugin and have amazing jobs for the people who are coming out of university right now who are people are making midlife career changes. There’s a lot going on.” — @MarkClerkin on @PowderkegCo
“So really, with data science, it really just comes down to are you creative? Are you technically oriented? Are you human? Right, let’s work together.” — @MarkClerkin on @PowderkegCo
“You don’t have to be a pure data scientists, you could be business intelligence, you could be an analyst, you can be a data engineer, anything by being data, and numerically competent is a skill set that we must have to go forward and be competitive on a global landscape, not just within the United States.” — @MarkClerkin on @PowderkegCo
“Emphasize the importance of being able to both speak plain English and then speak math. And being able to bridge that gap is incredibly important because, you know, in business it is a team sport and everybody needs to be on the same page in order to win.” — @MarkClerkin on @PowderkegCo
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