Stayin' Alive in Technology

Stayin' Alive in Technology

The tech industry is great at talking about the future, especially on podcasts. What we're not so great at is taking the time to understand our past. And that's what this podcast is all about. From the Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor generation through the founding of social media, the history of Silicon Valley has many lessons for us. And we'll be interviewing the people who lived through these experiences to bring their knowledge to you. You'll get explanations for how we got where we are, which can also suggest where the future might be; along with a few laughs and inside stories from those who lived through it. So pull up a seat and listen to the tales of the past, in which may lie seeds for our future. New Episodes twice a month on Thursdays. ... Show More
March 28, 2019 63 min

"We didn't let tools define what we wanted to do. We figured out what the business value is and then we created a data existence that allowed us to answer those questions.”

A sense of awe runs throughout this episode with Avinash Kaushik, one of the godfathers of web analytics. Avinash is a data visualization expert and Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google and takes a step back with us to wonder at the magic of the Internet while delving into how data can better serve businesses.

Avinash has maintained Occam’s Razor, one of our favorite blogs, since 2007, and has been encouraging us to reimagine how we gain business insights from the massive amounts of data laid at our feet in modern times. He speaks about the practitioner’s role in data analysis and how having access to every possible data point doesn’t make humans smarter; it can often lead us astray or paralyze us without the proper analysis.

And for those of you who are interested in making a career in digital marketing, Avinash is the person to listen to. He tells us why one of the most future-proof professions will prove to be data analytics and the number one personality trait that will make a person great at it.

But most notably, Avinash brings sincere optimism for finding the balance between data and humanity. Enjoy hearing what this humble guest has done to help transform the industry of web analytics, both for marketing and for strategic decision-making at the highest levels.

Find Avinash on LinkedIn and Twitter.

SHOW NOTES/LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
  • Avinash’s bi-monthly blog, Occam’s Razor, including the article that is required reading for Timeshare CMO employees: “It’s not the ink, it’s the think.
  • Be Real-World Smart: A Beginner's Advanced Google Analytics Guide
  • Avinash’s two best-selling books: Web Analytics: An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0
  • AntennaPod.org podcast manager
  • Customer Centric Web Decision Making” Avinash’s Google Tech Talk
  • Udacity’s Nanodegree in Digital Marketing
  • Jim Sterne and his book “Artificial Intelligence for Marketing: Practical Applications
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