Achieving data-driven growth starts with the team—not just the data analysts but the engineers, product managers, and marketers. Everyone in your organization needs to have a data mindset along with the tools and sufficient analytics skills to understand and make decisions based on what’s happening in the product.
A data scientist’s worst nightmare is to work on some really complex meaningful analysis that people will look at and say, “Oh yeah, that’s cool,” but then nothing happens. Analysis and action need to go hand in hand. That’s why when you’re starting a company, you need to make sure the values and culture of data focus are there from the start. But this can only happen if you start lean. Jessica Chen Riolfi explains how to build an organization with decentralized, data-driven decision making that enables teams to focus on the products and features that matter and ultimately unlock exponential growth.
Jessica Chen Riolfi is the head of Asia at TransferWise, where she accelerates TransferWise’s mission of money without borders throughout Asia. Jessica has spent her career building global products. Previously, she led growth at eBay, where she focused on reaching new customers in China, Brazil, and Mexico, and helped launch the eBay store on WeChat. Jessica holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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