Most data teams don’t come “built-in” to most companies that don’t start with data as the primary product.
There will usually be a team in charge of sales and distribution (Sales, Marketing, Growth, Operations), a team in charge of product purchasing or development (Product, Engineering), and general administration (Finance, Leadership, HR).
By the time companies begin to even consider the concept of a data team is when they have achieved some non-trivial amount of scale (read: post Product Market Fit).
That doesn’t mean that data teams are of no real use — it just means that people who find themselves…
We spoke at the Philippine Startup Week 2020, a fully virtual conference. The recording is below.
We talked about building a data team, initial data infrastructure, starting out with analyses, models, and data products that add value. We also highlighted our experience evolving both the team and the products that serve internal and external users.
As software moves closer and closer to traditional industry (think ridesharing, fin-tech, agri-tech, etc.), more and more data products are being built to support or automate decisions that would normally be made by human experts. As this happens, there typically is a valid doubt as to whether a data product can automate a solution to a high enough standard that it becomes worth the investment.
When unmanaged, this uncertainty can stall the production of otherwise good data products. Either the data product will be developed in a way that materially harms the business because the data scientists overestimated the value…
A look at school capacity in the Philippines (EduData Part 2)
This article is part of the EduData series, which explores the state of the Philippine education system, and what we could do to make it better.
The Philippine population is relatively young, and to ensure that they are competitive in the marketplace when they grow up, we need enough capacity in our schools. In the previous post, we tackled dropout rates and explored where, when, and who are the dropouts in the Philippine Education System. …
A look at dropout rates in the Philippines (EduData Part 1)
This article is part the EduData series, which explores the state of the Philippine education system, and what we could do to make it better.
Education is one of the cornerstones of development, particularly in a country where majority of the population is of school age. Luckily, the Department of Education has released tons of data that allows us to shed light on the state of the Philippine education system. …
It’s getting more expensive to be poor in the Philippines.
Everyone knows about inflation — a pervasive, unstoppable force that moves prices (and hopefully wages) upward in the economy, but do we really understand it? Further analysis reveals that official overall inflation statistics understate the effect of rising prices on the poor.
Inflation is measured through changes in what is called the Consumer Price Index or CPI. This is an aggregate measure of prices based on a certain ‘basket’ of goods composed of those typically consumed by households. …
VP Data at First Circle. Formerly Data Scientist at Uber, Grab, and EY. Fan of aviation, pintxos, and Bayesian statistics.