Scatter Podcast

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


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






Episode 030: R-Ladies Irvine's Data Science Career Panel

Scatter Podcast host Javier Orraca moderates a data science career panel hosted by R-Ladies Irvine. Tune in to hear five ladies in different data science industries discuss their academic and career journeys. This episode is loaded with career advice and recommendations on how to break into analytics and data science. Special thanks to Alyssa Columbus and Madeline Bauer of R-Ladies Irvine for helping make this event a reality! Enjoy the show and please visit the links below for more...


Episode 029 - Plotly w/ Alex Johnson

On Episode 29 of Scatter Podcast, Joel interviews guest Alex Johnson, Founder of Plotly, a leading platform and library (Python & R) for creating data analytics visualizations.


Episode 028 - Guidehouse w/ Carlos Brown

Scatter Podcast interview with Carlos Brown, Data Scientist at Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets. Passionate about his job, Carlos talks to us about the power of telling stories with data. Using open source programming tools, machine learning, statistics, and data visualization, Carlos helps his clients solve challenging business problems. We discuss what life as a data scientist in business consulting is like, data privacy...


Episode 027 - Kung Fu Factory w/ Joel Dayrit

After several months of break, Scatter Podcast is back and excited to introduce its new co-host, Joel Dayrit. Joel is an Associate Data Analyst at Kung Fu Factory, an independent gaming developer of popular mobile games based in Los Angeles, CA. At Kung Fu Factory, Joel analyzes everything from player activity to in-game data, looking for insights into behavior and finding opportunities to capitalize on creating engagement and giving users an improved experience. Joel is one of the smartest...


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."...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Episode 020 - MaCher w/ Ben Denzinger

Scatter Podcast interview with Ben Denzinger, Product Designer at MaCher. This isn't a traditional data science episode but one focused on a topic that analytics and data science teams should become familiar with: Design Thinking. Design thinking is not a new concept, product designers like Ben have used it for decades, yet it is a framework that can be used in almost all aspects of business to justify your existing solution or to develop alternative solutions. Ben's design journey is great...


Episode 019 - Amazon w/ John Peach

Scatter Podcast interview with John Peach, Sr. Data Scientist at Amazon. John has an extensive data science background ranging from academia, to early-stage startups, to large data drive organizations such as Amazon. His team helps to improve and expand the capabilities of Alexa Skills (third party applications). John actively participates in his local data science community, he is one of the leaders of the Orange County R Users Group (“OCRUG”), and he frequently speaks at data science...


Episode 018 - Saatchi & Saatchi w/ Leondra James

Scatter Podcast interview with Leondra James, Manager, Analytics & Operations at Saatchi & Saatchi. From violinist and music major to data scientist, Leondra has had a unique mix of academic and professional experiences that have shaped her career in data. Saatchi & Saatchi is a global advertising agency operating in 76 countries and Leondra works in their Los Angeles office. While she only joined the agency in January 2019, she's no stranger to media & entertainment having previously held...


Episode 017 - ViralGains w/ Justin Fortier

Scatter Podcast interview with Justin Fortier, Principal Data Scientist at ViralGains. Justin and I met at the Data Science GO conference in 2018 and I enjoyed getting to learn about his journey as a data scientist. ViralGains is a video advertising technology startup that helps publishers push video ad content to the most appropriate consumers. Given that ViralGains operates within the real-time bidding ("RTB") domain, their ad bidding and classification algorithms need to transact and...


Episode 016 - MeridianLink w/ Ben Lewis

Scatter Podcast interview with Ben Lewis, Business Intelligence Analyst at MeridianLink. Ben and I met at a hackathon hosted by the Orange County R Users Group ("OCRUG") and I was immediately impressed by his R programming capabilities. Ben has an industrial engineering and operations research background from UC Berkeley, and as a BI Analyst at MeridianLink, he builds dashboards and web-apps via R Shiny. MeridianLink provides enterprise business solutions for financial services organizations...


Episode 015 - General Motors w/ Meltem Ballan

Scatter Podcast interview with Meltem Ballan, Ph.D., Data Scientist and Architect at General Motors. Meltem's deep analytical and data science expertise developed over her 20 years of experience in academia, consulting, and the corporate world. Before "data science" became a popularized catchphrase in business, Meltem was known as an Algorithm Developer. At GM, Meltem's team aims to enhance the driver experience where she applies neuroscience theory to analyze massive data sets via machine...


Episode 014 - Fehr & Peers w/ David Wasserman

Scatter Podcast interview with David Wasserman, Transportation Planner & Data Scientist at Fehr & Peers. Specializing in transportation planning and engineering services, Fehr & Peers is a consulting firm that has serviced public and private sectors since 1985. David has worked with them for four years at the intersection of data science, transportation and urban planning, and he gives us a deep dive into some of the work he's done. David has spent significant time working with GIS systems...


Episode 013 - Method Data Science w/ Beau Walker

Scatter Podcast interview with Beau Walker, Founder and CEO of Method Data Science. Beau is a data scientist and passionate R and Python programming educator for analytics and data science. He's actively involved in the data science community and it was a pleasure to have Beau on the podcast to discuss his education and data science journey. Method is on a mission to inspire and train the next generation of data scientists, and they're accomplishing this by managing small teams of resident...


Episode 012 - TBWA\Chiat\Day with Matt Segal

Scatter Podcast interview with Matt Segal, Data Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day, a global creative advertising agency based in Los Angeles, California. Chiat/Day's "1984" ad campaign for Apple, introducing the Macintosh computer, gave the agency global notoriety with their forward-thinking and disruptive ads. Matt discusses the benefits of agency life as a data strategist, shares several project examples, and covers several tools that his team uses for social web listening and analytics....


Episode 011 - CBRE w/ Vince Giovannini

Scatter Podcast interview with Vince Giovannini, Data Scientist at CBRE, a commercial real estate investment company that also offers a wide range of real estate consulting services. Vince works in the Labor Analytics team at CBRE and shares great insights about the labor products he has worked on and how labor is connected to the real estate market. Vince shares several project examples that he's been a part of at CBRE and it was great getting to hear how his firm uses data science to...