July 18, 2018 • 5 minute read
What makes an analytics team great? To find out, we interviewed the leaders of three. Our discussion ranged from team structure, to mission-driven motivation, to measurement of success. Their responses can help other folks steering analytics ships of their own form high-level philosophies to keep their teams on track.
July 11, 2018 • 4 minute read
Between the thousands of data scientists, analysts and others who use Mode every day, and the hundreds of companies that run their analytical operations on Mode, we hear from both sides of the data talent market. From these conversations, we've noticed some common reasons that companies struggle to hire data talent:
July 2, 2018 • 13 minute read
If you're one of the world's many fans of ggplot2, you may at times find yourself looking for additional bells and whistles to extend its functionality. Lucky for you, the R community has been hard at work building extension packages for ggplot2 over the past 10 years. Today we're featuring 12 of our favorite ggplot2 extensions, to help you add more power and polish to your ggplots—or just to make them easier to create.
June 25, 2018 • 4 minute read
For many of Mode's employees, this is their first job at an analytics company. Those team members often assume that Mode's internal analytics processes mirror the way analysis is commonly conducted within other organizations. In some ways, that assumption holds true. As CEO Derek Steer puts it, "I wish I had a more mind-blowing story for how we do internal reporting... But mostly, it's funnel analysis." That said, we approach analysis from some uncommon angles.
June 7, 2018 • 7 minute read
Jasmine Tsai got her first taste of data engineering through a common gateway: she was tasked with a data project as a software engineer. Tsai was part of a team that rewrote Change.org’s non-profit subscriptions system from scratch, to turn it into a stream processing system. This project introduced her to working with data problems.
May 30, 2018 • 2 minute read
Plotly lets analysts and developers create powerful interactive visualizations, whether offline or right in your browser. Plotly.R is now available in Mode’s new R Notebooks. This means that it’s easier than ever to build all kinds of custom, interactive R-powered visualizations right into your Mode reports and dashboards.