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August 21, 2014 2 minute read

Crowdsourcing Labor Day Adventures

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Emily Ritter

Marketing

With just over a week left before we put our white pants away (or not—who does that?), we teamed up with our friends at CrowdFlower to start building a map of outdoorsy adventures we could do this Labor Day in state and national parks across the country.

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August 14, 2014 2 minute read

Say Hello to Mode's Public Table API!

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Josh Ferguson

Chief Architect

The public table API makes it easier to get your datasets into Mode using scripts written in languages like Python, Ruby, and R. Data uploaded through the API is available as tables in our public PostgreSQL data warehouse.

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July 23, 2014 15 minute read

Five Public Datasets, and Lots of Ideas for Exploring Them

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

The world is full of interesting datasets. But even though data is increasingly accessible, it's sometimes hard think up an interesting problem to analyze. Maybe there are just too many possible questions, maybe it's a pain to set up analytical tools, or maybe it's just too easy to get distracted by animal GIFs.

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July 8, 2014 3 minute read

A New Way to Learn SQL—and Five Reasons to Start Now

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

Several years ago, I made the jump from being an Washington, D.C. policy analyst to a data analyst at a San Francisco tech company. Prior to making the transition, I didn't see value in learning SQL. I analyzed data day in and day out, but found little reason to leave Excel.

Learning SQL changed my perspective on the how to analyze data. Here are five of the biggest reasons why, which I've learned apply to all sorts of people who ask questions of data:

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June 17, 2014 2 minute read

Welcome to Mode

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Derek Steer

CEO

The world is producing fascinating data at an unprecedented pace, on subjects ranging from air quality in Chicago, to the economics of healthcare, to tattoo trends in the NBA. Hidden in this data is a wealth of insights. We're not uncovering them fast enough.

We started Mode last August to make data analysis more open and collaborative. We believe that, when empowered to work together, analysts can significantly speed up how quickly we learn from data. Today, we open Mode to public beta.

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January 30, 2014 7 minute read

Are Experienced Founders Better?

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

What makes a good startup founder? It’s a question asked from all angles, on topics ranging from education to technical literacy to personality types. But one of the most interesting debates centers around founder experience.

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