The 21st century will be defined by the Data Revolution. The widespread availability of data unbalances incumbent power structures, and reshapes wealth and resource distributions. Data becomes a new economic asset participating in the fundamental law measuring the worth of citizens and workers. Those who don’t understand data stand to lose social and economic status.
Data can create serious harm. Data can be manipulated, falsified, cherry-picked, planted, deleted, mislabeled, misaligned, or misleading in any numbers of ways. Bad data also arise naturally, without malice or carelessness. The best way to protect oneself against bad data is to become data-literate.
Data has the potential to be a great equalizer. The discipline of statistics and data analysis encompasses both art and science, utilizes both objective evaluation and subjective assumptions, and requires both hard knowledge and soft skills. As a result, all persons of any age, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation can be trained to become expert interpreters of data. Indeed, any nation that wants to thrive in the 21st century is smart to ensure data literacy across its citizenry.
The mission of Principal Analytics Prep is to prepare citizens and workers to negotiate the Data Revolution, so that they may emerge as winners in the 21st century realignment.
The Certified Data Specialist program, run by Principal Analytics, opens the door to new careers in business analytics and data science.
A member of the Harvard Business School Startup Studio in New York City, Principal Analytics Prep is the brainchild of Kaiser Fung, a widely-cited industry expert and educator in business analytics and data science. He is the author of Junk Charts, an influential blog on data visualization; and Numbers Rule Your World and Numbersense, best-selling books that explore how data analytics transform decision-making in business and government.
Kaiser was founding director of the Master of Science in Applied Analytics degree at Columbia University, and has over 12 years of experience teaching data visualization and business analytics at Columbia and New York Universities. He is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences.
Prior to founding Principal Analytics Prep, Kaiser established and managed data teams at SiriusXM Radio, Vimeo, and [X+1], a pioneering ad-tech startup. Kaiser is a graduate of Princeton and Cambridge Universities, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vice President, Digital Strategy & Analytics, Eleven Seven Music Group
Taking Kaiser’s class on careers in data science was invaluable to my recent career change from the music business to analytics. Kaiser is one of the few people in the data arena who is a high-powered scientist, a great communicator, and has had extensive business experience. Kaiser’s perspective takes in everything from coding to management skills from the highest levels of academia and business.Kaiser Fung’s class on careers in data science is not only a comprehensive overview of the field, its roles and the skills associated with them, it is also probably the only one of its kind.
Kaiser is one of the few people in the data arena that I have met who is a high-powered scientist, a great communicator and has had extensive business experience.
As a result, Kaiser’s perspective takes in everything from coding to management skills from the highest levels of academia and business.
His class enabled me to identify an area that makes sense for my technical skills a personality-based, human point of view as well. The information in this class was invaluable in my recent career change.
To quote the great scientist, Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get onto it and the perseverance to follow it.”
Data Analyst, Gravity Media
What most coding and technical classes can teach you is the ability to absorb a particular language and its nuances, but Prof Fung’s class groomed me with a critical and analytical mindset towards handling complex data problems, the potential to model data based on core statistical concepts, and the ability to determine the integrity of data in a very realistic way. I definitely think the world of analytics needs more Professors like Prof Kaiser Fung because anyone can teach you numbers but not everyone can give you a “Numbersense”.I have had the pleasure of being a part of Prof Kaiser Fung’s Business Analytics class at New York University. I think my biggest takeaway from his class was a strong number sense and the approach to handle data in a very logical and practical way. Prof Fung gave us a complete insight into the world of data analytics and simplified the process of data cleaning, analyzing and visualizing.
At the end of the class I walked away with a very objective attitude towards the complex world of data analytics. I really appreciate the invaluable real world insights and cases that were discussed in class. What most coding and technical classes can teach you is the ability to absorb a particular language and its nuances, but Prof Fung’s class groomed me with a critical and analytical mindset towards handling complex data problems, the potential to model data based on core statistical concepts, and the ability to determine the integrity of data in a very realistic way.
Being a statistician, Prof Fung not only gives you the requisite quantitative skills, but being an industry expert for years, he also gives you the soft skills which most analytics classes do not give. I definitely think the world of analytics needs more Professors like Prof Kaiser Fung because anyone can teach you numbers but not everyone can give you a “Numbersense”.
Principal Analytics Prep is located at the Harvard Business School Startup Studio in New York City. The HBS Startup Studio nurtures innovative startups founded by HBS alumni.
We can help you navigate your career transition into business analytics or data science, an exploding field with huge growth. Fill out the following form to schedule a free consultation with our counselor, to receive program announcements, or to request an application.
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