What I’m doing now

Location:

Seattle, WA (USA)

Professional Title:

Data & Applied Scientist @ Microsoft (Customer & Market Research)

Former Product Marketing Manager @ Microsoft (AzureIoT)

Young Alumni @ Stanford University ℅ ‘16 (B.S. in Symbolic Systems – Decision Theory)

What do you do?

Leading a team of analytic suppliers to build tools and platforms that predict Microsoft’s marketing ROI. Predominantly responsible for “upper-marketing-funnel” metrics (purchase intent,consideration, etc.), I bring new data sources together (often from disparate places) to clarify our media strategy and inform our decisions, early in the marketing process.

Why?

I’m not the best data scientist– not even close, and certainly not yet. But this role offers me the chance to pursue new skills that weren’t even on my radar in roles prior, with the support of a seasoned team who’s been at the trade far longer that I. All this aligns quite neatly with my philosophy for my 20s: the relentless pursuit of new ideas and destinations… So, why (and how) not then? 

What should we read?

To fundamentally reimagine what you’re capable of: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

To challenge your understanding of self: Waking Up by Sam Harris

To laugh, reflect, and see what inspires me: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

What else should we consider?

Perhaps imagine what a life in accordance with the following quote might be like… and get lost in mesmerizing potential of it:

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.” -Albert Einstein

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