It’s an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up. … the predicament of data wrangling [is] big data’s “iceberg” issue, meaning attention is focused on the result that is seen rather than all the unseen toil beneath.

“For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights” via NYTimes

A great article that covers the inherent issues of dealing with unstructured data. “Data wrangling” is as important as the actual magic delivered by “data science.”


Good article describes the different personalities that can exist in a company and how they map to the way people take vacation. It’s certainly harder to long vacations here at Contactive because we are trying to grow a brand-new business with minimal resources, which was almost the opposite of my last role, but I still value immensely taking time off. I try to be as disconnected as possible when I’m actually on a vacation; it helps me to decompress and avoids my wife threatening to throw my phone into the water. 🙂

The employees who never take vacation time: How companies are prodding them go


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