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December 4, 2018 10 minute read

How to Develop the Five Soft Skills That Will Make You a Great Analyst

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Derek Steer

CEO

Analysts often assume that the best way to advance their careers or provide more value is to improve their technical chops. While it's true that you need a baseline of technical skills to conduct analysis, most of us need further development of our soft skills rather than further honing of our hard skills.

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Analysis

November 28, 2018 4 minute read

Chess Fans Booed This Year's World Championship, but Computers Cheered

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Joel Carron

Analyst at Mode

The World Chess Championship 2018, a match between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana, just came to a conclusion in London. Since all twelve classical games were drawn, the players entered a tiebreak round, where Carlsen was crowned world champion. This is the first time all classical games have been drawn, and many chess fans expressed disappointment in what seemed to be a “dull” or “bloodless” series of games.

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Analysis

November 2, 2018 2 minute read

Don't Choose Dashboards Over Analysis

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

When we talk to analytics teams about what they're working on and what big projects are coming up, this is a common refrain we hear:

“Right now, we're working on getting data out to people and making sure everyone has the right dashboards. We also want to answer some of the bigger questions that are causing problems for our business, but it's important that people have what they need first.”

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Analysis

October 25, 2018 8 minute read

How to Make Your Product Freemium

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

In case you missed it, we launched a free product earlier this year, Mode Studio.

Free products aren't common in the world of analytics. Even less common, we launched ours after already having built a strong business around a paid product. Quite often in the last six months, we've been asked why we did it.

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General

September 25, 2018 2 minute read

The Role of an Analyst in the Age of the Citizen Data Scientist

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Derek Steer

CEO

Anytime you look for patterns in previous experiences, or make a tradeoff between one option and another, you're analyzing something. This means nearly everyone in the workforce does some sort of analysis every day, every time they make a decision.

The need for hard data to help make these decisions in the workplace gave birth to the idea of an “Analyst” as we know it.

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General

September 18, 2018 8 minute read

More Cool Public Datasets and Lots of Ideas for Exploring Them

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Asha Hill

Customer Success Analyst

A few weeks ago, Google announced a new feature, Dataset Search, that aims to make it easier for anyone to discover public datasets. Journalists, analysts, and data nerds will likely find Dataset Search useful: it uses metadata to help people discover different versions of a dataset and publications that reference it.

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