Building a well rounded and effective data team is an iterative process, and the first hire can set the stage for future success or failure. Trupti Natu has been the first data hire multiple times and gone through the process of building teams across the different stages of growth. In this episode she shares her thoughts and insights on how to be intentional about establishing your own data team.
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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Trupti Natu about strategies for building your team, from the first data hire to post-acquisition
- How did you get involved in the area of FinTech & Data Science (management)?
- How would you describe your overall career trajectory in data?
- Can you describe what your experience has been as a data professional at different stages of company growth?
- What are the traits that you look for in a first or second data hire at an organization?
- What are useful metrics for success to help gauge the effectiveness of hires at this early stage of data capabilities?
- What are the broad goals and projects that early data hires should be focused on?
- What are the indicators that you look for to determine when to scale the team?
- As you are building a team of data professionals, what are the organizational topologies that you have found most effective? (e.g. centralized vs. embedded data pros, etc.)
- What are the recruiting and screening/interviewing techniques that you have found most helpful given the relative scarcity of experienced data practitioners?
- What are the organizational and technical structures that are helpful to establish early in the organization’s data journey to reduce the onboarding time for new hires?
- Your background has primarily been in FinTech. How does the business domain influence the types of background and domain expertise that you look for?
- You recently went through an acquisition at the startup you were with. Can you describe the data-related projects that were required during the merger?
- What are the impedance mismatches that you have had to resolve in your data systems, moving from a fast-moving startup into a larger, more established organization?
- Being a FinTech company, what are some of the categories of regulatory considerations that you had to deal with during the integration process?
- What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned along your career journey?
- What are some of the pieces of advice that you wished you knew at the beginning of your career, and that you would like to share with others in that situation?
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- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
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