The Network Redux team gets to meet and work with some really interesting and wonderful people. We happen to think Joshua Galbraith is GREAT! Joshua was willing to share some of his experience as a Data Architect with us, check it out:
--What does a day look like for a Data Architect/Scientist in your industry?
The essential task of Data Architect or Data Scientist is to provide a
bridge between the data and the people that need to use that data. There
are a lot of steps in between raw data and useful results. I spend part
of each day writing code in the model layer of our application; I
translate business logic into application logic. I also spend time
designing schemas, writing queries, and optimizing the performance of
our existing databases. I work with other members of our team to find
ways to improve our processes, I look for three things: data we should
be gathering, novel uses for existing data, and data we no longer need
to keep around. Occasionally I'll stumble across interesting trends in
our data and take the opportunity to investigate those further.
--What tools do you rely on the most to complete your work?
Most of the time it's just the standard Linux command line tools and
vim. I use a few third-party tools, most notably Percona Toolkit.
I've recently started to spend time learning graphing and plotting
software. I'd really like to be proficient with programming in R, which
is a language used for statistical computation and plotting output.
--With a degree in Mathematics, how does this contribute to your work as
a data scientist?
Databases are built on concepts that come from set theory and graph
theory. Understanding these concepts is very helpful when designing
schemas, writing queries, and optimizing performance. The statistics
courses I've taken taught me how to analyze variance, determine
statistical significance, and separate correlation from causation.
Understanding statistical methods is very useful in data analysis.
--What is the hardest part about your job?
Not having enough time to do everything I'd like to do.
--What is something about the type of work you do that most people
wouldn't realize or know?
I think a lot of people don't realize how important data is for
companies. There are a lot of large companies that don't put anyone in
charge of keeping their data organized and making it work for the
business. Data gets "warehoused", but it costs money to store it.
Companies like Google and Facebook are making their data work for them.
There's no reason why the same can't be true for much smaller organizations.
--Tell us something about yourself people would be surprised to know.
I majored in math, but I minored in art. For awhile I thought I would
major in art. In a lot of ways studying math is very similar to studying
art or music. Math is a universal language for describing things and
expressing ideas. I think that manipulating data is another way
to do that. There can be hundreds of ways to plot the same data set, but
probably only one that communicates what you need it to.
Supporting young entrepreneurs is something that comes naturally to Network Redux Founder, Thomas Brenneke. When he learned about Start-up Chile, he decided to get involved.
Start-up Chile is a program through YouNoodle called Podium. YouNoodle is an online network for entrepreneurs worldwide to share and interact with like-minded individuals. Podium was developed to offer startups with the most potential an opportunity to share their ideas and get connected with people who can help them do something about it in a competition format. Brenneke decided to get involved when he saw an opportunity to become a judge for the Podium competition. After reaching out and being approved to become a judge, Brenneke sat in on the first round of competition on August 8th where he got to hear from several young entrepreneurs.
--What were some of the highlights of the startups you judged in the first round?
Getting to see the tremendous human capital (as they refer to it) and brilliance cultivating in so many young and aspiring business owners/creators. They are very passionate about their products and ideas, but it was important to not take this into consideration when judging the presentations.
The biggest highlight was getting to see my absolute favorite also get high rankings from other judges in the process. They revealed the score averages for each company we were able to judge when round 5 was completed.
--From your entrepreneurial experience, what was your business perspective on some of companies participating?
There were a great deal of Chilean entrepreneurs in my judging pool, and it was hard not to favor their products because they were so closely tied to a market they understood -- my less favorable were those trying to define a product in a global market. Global economies of scale are huge, and the Chilean's with Chilean focused businesses seemed to have the best chance of success.
--What else did you take away from the experience?
There are so many challenges to starting a new business, I've forgotten just how difficult it is. I applaud all of them for taking the risks and devoting so much energy and passion to their ideas. It is incredibly challenging.
*Brenneke will also be judging the next round of the Podium competition happening in November.
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