What Is Data Science, Really? Peering Into the Future with Hilary Mason [Traction #15]

What is data science? Hilary Mason is among the very best in the world in answering that question in ways that others understand. That’s because, according to Hilary, one of the three main areas of expertise all great data scientists must possess is the ability to communicate to those who aren’t as mathematically minded.

In this episode, we mix up our podcast format a little bit and host an “unplugged” chat with Hilary about her career as a data scientists, her work at Fast Forward Labs peering into the future, and her views on the mistakes startups make when managing their data.

Additionally, you’ll hear:

  1. Why Hilary has spent time data-hacking cheeseburgers. Yes, cheeseburgers.
  2. What core skills makes for a great data scientist, and how organizations can use them to their advantage.
  3. Terms that have spilled into buzzword territory and what they should actually mean instead.
  4. And a lot more about this field, where it’s going, and why.


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Be sure to follow Hilary @hmason and visit fastforwardlabs.com to learn more about her work.

And let me know what you think of the show — tweet me (Jay Acunzo) @Jay_zo.

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Channel links: iTunes | Stitcher


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