dear advisor: Who should be my first data hire?

Or: When should I hire a Data Scientist?

Originally published in April 2021, updated for relevancy in May + December 2023

Having collaborated with companies of all shapes, sizes and industries -- on how to use data to improve the product and have happier customers for the past 10 years, I’m here to tell you that your first hire should not be in Data. :)

Since technology and data will be core to your business, I recommend building out your team in phases, with alignment on different end goals.

Phase 0 end goal: Understand how you're bringing value to your customers

Phase 1 end goal: POC to evaluate if there’s value in your data as early as possible

Phase 2 end goal: POC to understand who your customers are now and historically

What happens next? 

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