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Innovation at the Intersection (Guest: Linda Holliday

Our guest today is a perfect example of the kind of combination of humanities and science in a single person. Linda Holliday is the founder and CEO of Citia. Linda grew up in a family of engineers but decided to go her own way and pursue design in college. She was able to use her home-brewed love of engineering and math together with her sense of design to start two companies, build a very unique understanding of the intersection of data, engineering, and the human.


Establishing Trust with Customers (Guest: Scott Vlaminck)

Our guest today, Scott Vlaminck, cofounded SmartThings with 6 other guys in the spring of 2012. Their goal was to make your world - your house - smarter. In the fall of 2012 they raised 1.2 million dollars in one of the biggest campaigns on Kickstarter. Only two years later in 2014 they were acquired by Samsung for $200 million dollars. Now their IOT devices are in your inner sanctum - your home - and they work hard to earn your trust.


Data and Customer Experience (BONUS Episode)

In October, Ben was a guest on Ned Bellavance’s podcast - Anexipod. We talked about one of Ben's favorite subjects - how data is essential to driving better customer experiences.


Master of Flavor (Guest: Jason Cohen)

Who knew that the food and beverage industry was ripe for disruption using the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data? Well, Jason Cohen did. Jason Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems - a startup focused on bringing the power of A.I. and machine learning to the world of flavors and sensory science. Jason started his company after studying sensory science and computer science at Penn State, as well as founding The Tea Institute, a research group...


Analytical Storytelling (Guest: Karthik Krishnamurthy)

Our guest today, Karthik Krishnamurthy, is the Senior Vice-President of Cognizant Digital Business - AI & Analytics, Interactive and Intelligent Products. In his two-decade career at Cognizant, he has worked across many strategic areas. One of his focus areas today is analytical storytelling and the human connection, where he has collaborated with Christian Madsbjerg, a guest in a previous episode. In the end, it's all about bringing the human to data.


Moving from Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Wisdom (Guest: Yoon Lee)

Our guest is at the intersection of innovation and creation at one of the most important technology companies in the world. Yoon Lee is the Senior Vice President and Division Head, Content and Services, Product Innovation at Samsung Electronics America. In today’s world, our lives are connected to our devices in a way inconceivable even a few decades ago. Yoon is in a unique position to understand how A.I. and an understanding of the human context can make for better experiences for users.


Fighting Data-Driven Inequality (Guest: Virginia Eubanks)

Our guest today has been on a long crusade to raise awareness about how our digital tools are continuing and exacerbating the problems we already have around poverty and inequality. Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of the book “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor”.


The Data Driving Political Campaigns (Guest: David Shor)

Our guest was there in one of the seminal elections in the last decade, working on the 2012 Obama campaign in the legendary “cave” doing political data science. David Shor is now the Head of Political Data Science at Civis Analytics. Civis Analytics was founded in the afterglow of Obama’s win with the backing of Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google. These Obama campaign alums were building on the successes in polling and data science used so successfully in that campaign.


Why Curiosity Matters (Guest: Sarah Davanzo)

You could be forgiven for thinking that curiosity gets pretty short shrift in our culture today. Our guest on this episode, Sarah Davanzo - VP of Consumer and Market Insights and Foresights at L’Oreal is also referred to as the Chief Curiosity Officer. She takes exploration and curiosity extremely seriously and has applied data science and analytics to the field in an unprecedented way. On top of that, she is an extremely interesting person to talk to.


Just a Spoonful of Honey (Guest: Terry Young)

Our guest on this episode started a company with one of the best names ever! Terry Young, the founder and CEO of Sparks and Honey, has created a very different way of approaching cultural trends. Sparks and Honey’s active learning system, Q, brings top-grade data science and machine learning to the art of trend spotting and understanding how our culture is changing. I sat down with Terry at his Madison Ave headquarters in New York City.


Building Trust from the Ground Up (Guest: Sarah Guo)

The world of startups moves incredibly fast, and venture capitalists have a very unique vantage point from which they can synthesize a really deep understanding of what innovation is actually going on. That is literally part of their job. Our guest on this episode, Sarah Guo, is a general partner at Greylock Partners - a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. In only 5 years with Greylock, Sarah has already cemented a reputation as a savvy operator that understands what it is...


The Most Connected Man on Earth (Guest: Chris Dancy)

Chris Dancy became the “most connected man on earth” by wrangling the data for over 700 sensors, applications, and services that analyzed his life.


A Data Science Super Hero Fighting the Creepy Algorithms (Guest: Cathy O'Neil)

More and more of our world today is being evaluated, analyzed, and driven by algorithms. You need look no further than your car insurance, your kids’ educations, or your mortgage to see the results of algorithms processing and delivering verdicts on you and your ability to do something you want to do. Our guest today is Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist, mathematician, activist, and author of the New York Times best-selling book “Weapons of Math Destruction”. She has spent years talking about...


Confessions of a Converted Climate Skeptic and his Data (Guest: Dr. Richard Muller)

In the world of science, Physicists have a long and well-deserved reputation for being on the cutting edge of data acquisition, data analytics, and big data in general. Our guest today, Dr. Richard Muller, is a larger-than-life figure in the world of physics and beyond. Dr. Muller is a Professor of Physics Emeritus at Berkeley University, where he has had a long and successful career across particle physics, astrophysics, geophysics, and in the couple of decades - climate science. He has won...


How to Measure Ethical Behavior (Guest: Roberto Rigobon)

Dr. Roberto Rigobon is Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been teaching and advising students at Sloan for over 20 years, and he has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times. He has an exuberant personality and made an interview effortless with his stories and analogies. We sat down in his office and talked about his theory of “Aggregate Confusion” and how we measure the wrong things at the...


Bringing the Human to Data (Guest: Christian Madsbjerg)

We don’t often read books that change how we think about the world. Our guest on this episode, Christian Madsbjerg, wrote a book “Sense Making” that did just that. Christian’s consulting firm ReD Associates has, in their own words, led a quiet revolution in business thinking. This book is a treatise on Christian’s underlying philosophical framework for ReD’s goal to bring the humanities and social sciences into today’s businesses dominated by technology, data, artificial intelligence, and...


Intro to Data Bias (Guest: Christian Beedgen)

Christian Beedgen, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sumo Logic, has had a long history in the world of data and is a fantastic person to have deep conversations about meaty topics with. And that’s good because our topic is meaty! Christian has been spending a lot of time lately thinking about Bias - Bias in Data and Data Analytics, in particular - and that’s what we are going to talk about.


Critical Thinking, Ethics, and Analytics (Guest: Alistair Croll)

Our guest today has had a long and varied career in technology. Alistair Croll is a serial entrepreneur, much sought after speaker, prolific author - including the best selling Lean Analytics - which is a must read, an organizer of conferences like Forward50, and consultant to companies large and small. Alistair is a big thinker in the area of Data and Analytics, and we got to cover a lot of ground in this episode.


Confronting Our Humanity - and Bias - in Artificial Intelligence (Guest: Bill Welser)

Our guest today has had an amazing journey. He was a Captain in the Air Force, had a decade-long career at the RAND organization - a world-renowned, non-profit research organization, - and now as a partner at ReD Associates. ReD is a strategy consulting company based on the human sciences. Bill Welser has done groundbreaking work around privacy, artificial intelligence, industrial ecosystems, commercial drones, and cryptography. We talked about Artificial intelligence, and how our humanity -...


How People Really Use Data to Make Decisions (Guest: Matt Ballantine)

Our guest today has had a really long relationship with technology from learning to program on a BBC Micro as a child, to designing the first full-program streaming application at BBC, to Reuters, to Microsoft, and now being his own boss. Matt Ballantine loves to talk technology - he has his own podcast WB 40 - check it out at It was a lot of fun to pick his brain. In this episode, we talked about how people really use data to make decisions, and how innovation happens. We...