Welcome to Locally Optimistic – a community for current and aspiring data analytics leaders. Started in NYC in early 2018 as an outgrowth of a slack channel / extremely informal meetup group, we hope to share our thoughts / opinions / experiences / trials / tribulations with others in the community.

If you have content that you would like to contribute (or if you just want to chat about data stuff), please reach out.

Quick note: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers

Principal contributors & editors

Scott Breitenother

Scott Breitenother

Scott is an investor and advisor who specializes in building data driven organizations. He currently leads Brooklyn Data Co., a consultancy offering full-stack data and analytics team as a service. He was employee #16 at direct-to-consumer mattress startup Casper and founded the company’s data and analytics team. When he’s not blogging about analytics trends, you can find him walking around Brooklyn with his wife and children.

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Michael Kaminksy

Michael Kaminsky

Michael is the co-founder of Recast a marketing optimization platform and the co-founder of Analytics Engineers Club a training course for data analysts looking to improve their engineering skills. He has experience applying econometric research methods to fields including environmental economics, child welfare policy, and medical treatment efficacy. Michael is passionate about helping organizations “make better decisions faster.” In his spare time, Michael studies Spanish, reads, and pets dogs around Mexico City.

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Sam Swift

Sam Swift

Sam is the Head of Data at Bowery Farming, where “seed funding” refers to budget allocations between kale and arugula. He hails from an academic background in behavioral economics, but has led data science teams in national intelligence and fintech before landing in agriculture. He enjoys building communities and hearing about the details of other people’s projects, so don’t be shy in the comments.

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Ilan Man

Ilan Man

Ilan is the Head of Data Science and Analytics at Lokavant, where he’s using data to improve the drug development process. He loves thinking about numbers, musing philosophically and mapping optimal bike routes around the city. When he isn’t over-analyzing, he’s running around Prospect Park with his boys.

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Caitlin Moorman

Caitlin Moorman

Caitlin is the VP of Data at Trove Recommerce, where she helps brands create circular retail models at scale – buying back and reselling their products to extend their useful life. She previously led data teams in crowdfunding and self-publishing. When she’s not optimizing single-item pricing or operations, she’s usually drinking a cup of tea and watching her chickens peck around the back yard.

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Emilie Schario

Emilie is Head of Data at Netlify. She was previously the first Data Analyst at GitLab where she watched the org grow from under 300 to over 1300 team members. She lives in Columbus, GA with her husband Casey, son RJ, and dog Bo.

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Brittany Rosenau

Brittany is a BI Engineer at Outreach.io, and co-runs the internal Data Champion program. When she’s not playing with Tableau, she enjoys playing percussion, reading, and exploring her community. After living in the midwest and Seattle, she currently resides in Florida with her aquarium.

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Guest contributors & supporters

Randy Clinton is an Associate Software Engineer at Real Capital Analytics.
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Harlan Harris is Engineering Manager for Data Science and Search at Teachers Pay Teachers.
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Ana Kravitz is the founder of Mixed Analytics.
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Michele Ballen is Director of Data & Analytics at Billie.
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Jeremy Salfen is Director of Data at Atom Finance.
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Nelson is Engineering Manager, Data at Coalition, Inc.
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Paige is a Staff Data Analyst at Netlify, where she loves being a “data investigative journalist” (e.g. finding “the scoop” in the data) and making custom emojis for the company Slack. She and her husband, Jay, live in Portland, OR with their three ridiculous cats, one of whom really enjoys stepping on faces.
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Rifat has a varied background, but throughout his career the common thread has been data. He has held roles in analysis, software, strategy and product. He is excited to see the progression of modern data team practices and technologies to help organisations leverage their data better and faster.
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Alex Jia is Co-founder and Head of Product at Glean.
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Margarita creates illustrations for Locally Optimistic.
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Analytics Consulting Manager at Brooklyn Data Co.
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I'm a scientist, engineer, and data-geek that loves pulling data from every corner possible and discovering meaningful insights hidden in the numbers. I'm currently helping to lead the Meltano project to build an open source DataOps platform https://gitlab.com/meltano/meltano
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Danielle is on the data team at Trove Recommerce, a sustainability-focused company helping brands to take back used products from their customers and resell them to extend their life. Previously, she studied cognitive science with a fascination in the intersection between people and technology.
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