Meet Benn Stancil
It’s no secret that running a startup is not for the faint of heart. From fundraising, managing teams, collecting data, and more, it’s all part of the painful but electrifying process.
Anyone who has done it before will tell you about the fine line they had to walk between success and failure.
We read it on the news all the time, but today, I will take you behind the scenes and have Benn share with you some exclusive, insider stories.
Even better, his startup develops data analytics software, the very bread and butter of what we do day in and day out at our own organisations, but with an extra touch of sweet jam as Benn focuses on collaborative analytics.
Benn’s Role as a Data Analytics Leader at Mode
Benn Stancil is the Chief Analytics Officer and Co-Founder of Mode. Mode was established in 2013 when Benn and his co-founders recognized the need for a collaborative analytics platform for those who worked on the frontier of data analysis. Mode streamlines analyst workflows with a self-serve experience for business users, making it easy to share actionable data insights and stories across entire organizations.
At Mode, Benn not only runs the data team, but played an integral role in the company’s building process, including fundraising and managing the executive team, all while using analytics at every possible step of the way.
Benn’s Other Experiences in Data Analytics
Prior to Mode, Benn was an analyst at Microsoft and Yammer, where he helped lead product analytics. Currently, Benn is investing a lot of his time in writing about the data industry and where it’s headed on his Substack. So far, he has written articles on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Clubhouse, startup wealth tax, self-serve, modern data stacks, and more.
Building a software company
In this exclusive analytics podcast episode, Benn shares:
- The power of writing and why everyone should start doing it
- His tips for writing
- His corporate career at Yammer and Microsoft
- The internal tool he built at Yammer
- How it serves his business stakeholders
- How and why Benn and his colleagues started their software company
- Stories, challenges, and tips from his journey building up the company
If you’re a data scientist or data engineer with an interest in what it would take to build a company out of your products and solutions, this is the episode you do not want to miss out on.
Find out more about Benn
What is one book that he would gift to his younger self:
- Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Learn more with related episodes in our analytics podcast:
- E83 – Steven Tye – The Data in Your Water – Smart Water Metering
- E76 – Anastasia Leng – From the Frontier of Creative Analytics
- E58 – Shantha Mohan – A Founder’s Perspective in Building an Analytics Solution Using Data Governance & Product Development
- E45 – Rick Hall – Riding the Waves of Technology Changes Over the Decades
Now a word from our sponsor…
This episode is sponsored by a new program at Data Driven Analytics. It’s an analytics leader mentorship program for senior managers and executives in the business team who want to develop a data-driven business to drive customer experience excellence. For a small one-off annual fee, you get to book an Unlimited Strategy Session for a Full Year. For more information about this program, please reach out to our host, Jason Tan.
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