What Your Data Scientist Wishes You Knew

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 04:19:38 AM. By Daniel Wesley Big data: It’s the topic on everyone’s lips. Even high schoolers are clamoring to get into the data science field -- they realize ...
By Daniel Wesley Big data: It’s the topic on everyone’s lips. Even high schoolers are clamoring to get into the data science field -- they realize jobs in the data sector are expected to grow more than sevenfold, totaling nearly 3 million positions by 2020. The demand for data experts is high, but will entrepreneurs be able to leverage relationships with their data scientists to create successful businesses? It’s a true concern: Leaders aren’t always great at communicating, and without a strong bond with their data scientists, entrepreneurs and small business leaders could find themselves unable to foster the trust necessary to reach their goals. In other words, you could find yourself with lots of data and no way to effectively relate to the person on your team who can manage it. It’s like finding an antique treasure chest without the key. Sure, you could forcefully pry it open, but that risks irreparable damage. It’s better to seek smooth access than court destruction and dismay. Why Math, Science and Tech Pros Perplex If you’ve spent half an hour with data scientists, you know they’re smarter than smart. These are folks who look at a set of random data points and see connections. They’re multifaceted and insightful. Still, they can be a frustrating lot from the viewpoint of a gregarious, sales-minded founder. The disconnect happens on numerous levels, starting with personality types. Data scientists tend to be introverts; rather than gab incessantly, they listen and...Read more
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