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Long before Steve Jobs or Bill Gates were even twinkles in their fathers’ eyes, the word computer was a job title for someone who computes or performs mathematical calculations.  Depending which online resource you trust most, its use dates back to the 1600’s.  Not until much later, sometime in the 1800’s, did it come to refer to a device rather than a human.  From what I can gather, the word calculator underwent a similar evolution.

I’ve taken you on this little jaunt back in time in part because I’m under the influence of a book that I’m currently reading, Etymologicon, but mostly to make the point that another title – “data scientist” – is likely to follow the same trajectory.

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I’ve taken a long hiatus from posting on here while I immersed myself in the burgeoning world of data and analytics, and today, I’m finally back.  Around the time I left off, I was just starting to explore two new areas of interest: quantitative models as a way to prototypes business model designs and the parallels between programmatic advertising and my former life in algorithmic equities trading.  Both interests quickly converged for me in a new role for me at a marketing analytics company, and soaking up all the knowledge I could has been my focus ever since.

A life not lived isn’t worth examining so I’ve just been living.  Equally true, though, the unexamined life isn’t worth living.  Before this blog, I was in business school, learning as much as I could.  When I entered a period of reflection, this blog became a mechanism by which I continued to evolve my thinking.  I’m entering a new period of reflection with lots of excitement about what’s beginning to percolate.  Stay tuned . . .

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 860 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Apparently I need to post more in 2014 and get back some of that 2011 mojo.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Let the air in

Business needs a breath of fresh air.

There’s a better way to organize than highly political, hierarchical silos and overly complex matrices.

There’s a better way to compensate than inflated bonuses, golden parachutes and exaggerate long right-tailed income distributions.

And there are voices worth listening to other than just the tired voice of experience that becomes  laden with confirmation bias, group think, cynicism and risk aversion.

That’s what this blog aspires to be.  It’s  an exploration of what’s possible – a better way.  Better ways of collaborating.  Better ways of innovating.  Better ways of doing business.

I myself am a business professional, not an academic, so I will build my cases anecdotally more often than empirically.  My intent is to irreverantly question convention with no particular claim to authority. I’m not pretending to have any definitive answers here.  I’m just trying to develop my own thinking, and I invite you to join me in the conversation. The floor is now Open.

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