26 episodes

Scatter Podcast, hosted by Javier Orraca, explores data analytics, insights, and data science in business.

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Scatter Podcast, hosted by Javier Orraca, explores data analytics, insights, and data science in business.

    Episode 026 - RStudio w/ Jonathan Regenstein

    Episode 026 - RStudio w/ Jonathan Regenstein

    Scatter Podcast interview with Jonathan Regenstein, Director of Financial Services at RStudio. Having spent several years at J.P. Morgan where he worked alongside quantitative analysts and researchers, Jonathan turned from Excel to R for more robust reporting, visualizations, and reproducibility of financial models. After joining RStudio, he continued to develop his R programming skills and eventually authored "Reproducible Finance with R - Code Flows and Shiny Apps for Portfolio Analysis."

    For anyone interested in careers at the intersection of Finance and Data Science, or anyone interested in learning more about R, this episode is certainly a treat. We cover a lot popular packages, programming best practices, and upcoming tools that will enhance your modeling work flows. He offers a ton of valuable insights, be sure to follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter, and enjoy the show!

    Links:
    Jonathan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkregenstein/
    Jonathan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jkregenstein
    Reproducible Finance with R: https://www.amazon.com/Reproducible-Finance-Portfolio-Analysis-Chapman/dp/1138484032
    RStudio: https://rstudio.com/
    Shiny: https://shiny.rstudio.com/

    • 46 min
    Episode 025 - Business Science w/ Matt Dancho

    Episode 025 - Business Science w/ Matt Dancho

    Scatter Podcast interview with Matt Dancho, CEO and lead Data Science instructor at Business Science University. I'm currently enrolled in Matt's R Shiny 102 course and have really enjoyed his training style full with sample code and video explanations of his modules. If you're interested in developing your analytics and data science chops with R, Matt's offering a special 15% discount for his 4-course R machine learning bundle (discount link below!). Matt is an incredible educator and passionate about adding value to the business organization through machine learning and artificial intelligence. Enjoy the episode, follow Matt on LinkedIn, and subscribe to Scatter Podcast if you enjoy what you're hearing!

    Links:
    Business Science: https://www.business-science.io
    Matt's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattdancho/
    15% off R 4-course bundle: https://university.business-science.io/p/4-course-bundle-machine-learning-and-web-applications-r-track-101-102-201-202a/?coupon_code=scatterpodcast

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 024 - Google & IE w/ Christina Stathopoulos

    Episode 024 - Google & IE w/ Christina Stathopoulos

    Scatter Podcast interview with Christina Stathopoulos, Analytical Consultant at Google and Adjunct Professor at IE Business School in Madrid. Christina has a BS in Science, Technology, and Society from North Carolina State University and holds a MS in Business Analytics and Big Data from IE Business School in Madrid. Having spent seven years in Spain and traveling frequently for business, workshops, and leisure, Christina shares a unique, international perspective on the state of data science and the tech world in 2019. At Google, she uses advanced analytics tools to drive insightful and actionable business impact for her clients to achieve their marketing goals. Christina is also a facilitator of Google's #IamRemarkable initiative to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond. For two years, Christina has also been an Adjunct Professor at IE Business School, teaching Big Data and Analytics-related courses for MBA students.

    I really enjoyed getting to know more about Christina's work and she provides a lot of great resources to learn more about analytics and data science topics. We had an engaging discussion around diversity and inclusion in the tech world, and potential ways to tackle the inequality gap. Enjoy the show and feel free to reach out to Christina directly via LinkedIn!

    Links:
    Christina's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinastathopoulos/
    Google's #IAmRemarkable: https://iamremarkable.withgoogle.com
    Extended Show Notes: https://www.javierorraca.com/scatterpodcast/episode-024/

    • 36 min
    Episode 023 - Blizzard w/ Hayden Balow

    Episode 023 - Blizzard w/ Hayden Balow

    Scatter Podcast interview with Hayden Balow, Organizational Development Analyst at Blizzard Entertainment. In the mid-1990's, I was a fanatic of the Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft series so I really enjoyed hearing how Hayden's team utilizes research, statistics, and people analytics to make the Blizzard work environment better for their employees. Hayden attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for his Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology, and he received his Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Lamar University. Hayden kicked off his career as a People Data Analyst at Zappos and later moved to Blizzard, so he's got solid academic and practical experiences in people analytics.

    I am personally very interested in people analytics so I enjoyed understanding the kinds of problems that are being tackled by I-O Psychologists and People Analytics professionals. Hayden describes some of the latest trends in this space including how NLP and organizational network analyses are being used to understand employee sentiment, organizational outcomes, drivers for churn, ROI on company trainings, etc. Hayden wrote an extended list of people analytics resources that are posted on my blog so be sure to check that out and enjoy the show!

    Links:
    Hayden's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haydenbalow/
    SoCal People Analytics group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13609176/
    Extended Show Notes & Resources: https://www.javierorraca.com/scatterpodcast/episode-023/

    • 46 min
    Episode 022 - UPenn w/ Will Chase

    Episode 022 - UPenn w/ Will Chase

    Scatter Podcast interview with Will Chase, Data Scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. I stumbled upon one of Will's interactive, web-based data visualizations ("Visualizing Risk: Remotely Triggered Earthquakes" - link below) and was fascinated by the way he leveraged the power of R, Mapbox, and D3 for this stunning data storytelling project. Will has a BS in Microbiology and is almost entirely self-taught in the programming, data science, and advanced visualization space. He provides solid resources throughout the episode and lists some of his favorite, world-renowned data visualization designers, and it's great to see him contributing back to the data science community by open-sourcing as many projects as he can. Will is a great resource for anyone wanting to up the ante on their visualization skills. He's responsive via email, Twitter, and GitHub, and I'd definitely recommend following Will on your platform of choice... I have no doubt that he'll rise to be a visualization influencer in the years to come. Enjoy the show!

    Links:
    Will's website: https://www.williamrchase.com
    Will's visualizing risk project: https://www.williamrchase.com/vizrisk/vizrisk_main/
    Will's Twitter: https://twitter.com/W_R_Chase
    Will's GitHub: https://github.com/will-r-chase

    • 34 min
    Episode 021 - Zeff w/ Ben Taylor

    Episode 021 - Zeff w/ Ben Taylor

    Scatter Podcast interview with Ben Taylor, Co-Founder and Chief AI Officer at Zeff. I met Ben at the Data Science GO conference in 2018 and was blown away by his artificial intelligence experience and thoughts about how to break into data science. Self-described "PhD dropout," Ben taught himself programming and data science and has a sincere passion for transforming the field with AI. Prior to founding Zeff, he held various roles including hedge fund Quantitative Analyst, Data Scientist, and Chief Data Scientist. He attributes his success in part to his stubbornness and continuously pushing current technological limits.

    Ben discusses a fascinating AI side project that he's been developing - an AI-operated Call of Duty player that battles humans over Xbox Live! We talk about career tips for students, resources for business managers, hiring complexities, data science conferences, and how to find balance between work and family life. Great conversations and I had a blast having him on the show. Enjoy!

    Ben's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bentaylordata/
    Zeff: https://zeff.ai
    Data Science GO: https://www.datasciencego.com

    • 39 min

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Content is everything

The topics discussed in this podcast are top notch conversation points in the Data Analytics, Data Science, and Quantitative Analytics spaces. These podcasts provide great value to those listening by exposing the audience to a multitude (sometimes divergent) of view points. Everyone, from those trying to break into the data space to seasoned Data Scientists and enthusiast, will benefit from it.

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