Data science is still white hot, but nothing lasts forever

Maybe it’s time for major #PredictiveTraining in colleges and schools to avoid the disappointment of ‘profession staleness’.


Every day tech industry execs bemoan the lack of data scientists—the people who theoretically know how to look at the data your company generates, and delve into it to derive the all-important insights we keep hearing about.

And on Thursday, the hype continued. At a Big Data panel hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and Hack/reduce in Boston, nearly 100% percent of the speakers talked about the dearth of qualified data scientists and the impact that is having on business. Several actually said the time to hire a data scientist was: “yesterday.”

What do you expect? Two years ago, The Harvard Business Review, apparently an arbiter of such things, dubbed data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.”

So, if you can’t go back in time to hire a data scientist, sooner is still better than later, said Michael Schmidt, CEO of Nutonian, a Cambridge, Mass. data analytics…

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Beyond blood: Theranos’ billionaire founder talks growth

What are your thoughts? #Reflections


Men tend to start business to make a lot of money. Women start businesses to create the companies that they want to work for—and typically don’t dream about building Fortune 500-sized giants that will make them billionaires.

Elizabeth Holmes is not your typical woman entrepreneur. And even though her habitual style of dress—black turtleneck and black suit—is Steve Jobs-ian, this self-made multi-billionaire is unlike anyone Silicon Valley has seen before.

Holmes founded Theranos, a blood diagnostics business, 11 years ago when she was a student at Stanford. She dropped out of college during her second year, relentlessly altered her vision and business plans, went on to raise more than $400 million in funding, and today runs a company that investors value at $9 billion. Holmes, now 30, owns more than half of this fast-growing health-care startup.

Last June, my colleague Roger Parloff did a fascinating Fortune cover profile of Holmes…

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GoPro CEO’s promise to a college friend just cost him $229 million

Precious virtue! #KeepingPromises


GoPro’s top executive Nick Woodman, the highest paid CEO in the U.S., is generating headlines for keeping his word — even if it costs him millions of dollars.

Woodman, who steers camera maker GoPro [fortune-stock symbol=”GPRO”], saw his fortune drop by $229 million this week after he returned 4.7 million shares to the company, according to a Bloomberg report. He was handing back the shares as part of an agreement he struck with the company for stock options that were granted to Woodman’s college roommate Neil Dana, who attended the University of California at San Diego with Woodman.

Why was Woodman so generous? Well, he was making good on a verbal agreement he struck with Dana more than a decade ago, when he agreed to share 10% of any proceeds he received from the sale of GoPro shares held by Woodman. The terms of this promise were even disclosed…

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Wanted: Highly skilled tech workers, $100,000-plus salary, no college required


While the debate over the value of a college education goes on, a peculiar trend is picking up speed in the IT job market. Shortages of certain skills have become so severe that they’re making formal education irrelevant.

The latest case in point: A fast-growing discipline known as DevOps, aimed at coordinating all of a company’s IT operations in a single, nimble system that can streamline operations, speed up the development of new software, and incorporate data security at every step.

For people interested in DevOps, a degree in computer science or software engineering is nice to have, says Alan Shimel, editor-in-chief of, a career site devoted to the field. But it won’t get you hired. “Hands-on experience with actual tools and projects is really the only thing that matters.”

DevOps specialists with only a high school diploma, but with the right experience, now earn a median salary of…

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