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Notes From Industry

Update: You can read this article in Japanese (Thanks to Koki Yoshimoto!)

The analytics leader of a US-based Fortune 200 company was under severe pressure. Her team supported 45,000 employees of the global energy company, and the business users weren’t happy. …


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How would you define ‘data science’? How about big data, AI, or data culture? These are just a few of the many jargons that are commonly tossed around in data speak. You might wonder what people really mean when they use one of these cool buzz words.

Just as data…


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For more than two decades, Netflix has been obsessed with machine learning models.

In 2006, the company announced a million-dollar prize to anyone who could improve its recommendation algorithm’s accuracy by 10%. Over 40,000 teams participated in the global challenge.

The competition ran for three years, and only two teams…


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Update: You can read this article in Japanese (Thanks to Koki Yoshimoto!)

How do most organizations begin their Artificial Intelligence (AI) journey?

Let’s look at how leaders of some large enterprises planned their foray into AI. Here are a couple of recent examples from McKinsey:

  • The leader of a large…


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Digital transformation is the flavor of the season. Every company has accelerated its efforts to digitize operations, gather intelligence, and rapidly respond to a changing market.

McKinsey senior partner Kate Smaje says that organizations are now accomplishing in 10 days what used to take them 10 months. …


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In 2012, Disney invested $350 million in a movie that seemed to have all the elements of a box office success. It was action-packed and had stunning visual effects. It was helmed by a star writer and the director of “Finding Nemo.”

When things looked very optimistic, they roped in…


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I’ve been writing and speaking about data science and business applications of AI. In the pandemic year that was spent largely indoors, I spent more time writing and shooting videos at home.

As part of my yearly reflections, I took stock of my writing across channels. …


Word cloud created using all of my 2020 LinkedIn posts’ content

Through 2020, I posted 5 days every week, on average. This came up to a total of 274 posts for the entire year. 😀

As part of my year-end reflection ritual, I relooked at my LinkedIn activity. I wanted to understand the past year and do some ‘analysis’ to find…


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Update: You can read this article in Ukrainian (Thanks to Katerina Moshkola!)

You’re launching a digital transformation initiative in the middle of the ongoing pandemic. You are pretty excited about this big-ticket investment, which has the potential to solve remote-work challenges that your organization faces.

However, the executive board’s response…


The spread of coronavirus is delivering a massive blow to the global economy. The lockdown and work from home restrictions have forced thousands of startups to halt expansion plans, cancel services, and announce layoffs.

The virus is also having an impact on startup funding and deal activity, with seed-stage deals…

Ganes Kesari

Co-founder & Chief Decision Scientist @Gramener | TEDx Speaker | Contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur | Publishing “Our data-driven future” gkesari.substack.com

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