Think Tank Member Spotlight - Kerry Gross and Carn Analytics
We have many exceptional members here at Think Tank, but only one of them has biked across the United States and produced a podcast about the experience. We were curious about what could possibly follow that type of adventure, so we caught up with member Kerry Gross to ask!
Think Tank: What brought you to Think Tank?
Kerry Gross: I originally came to the Think Tank to finish producing a podcast called Women Who Dare. (The podcast chronicles a bike trip I took across the country in 2017 and features interviews with incredible women.) Working on the podcast was a big endeavor, occupying much of my time for two years. After I finished the last episode, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next except that I wanted to keep being my own boss.
In my life before the biking and podcast adventure, I had a career in research and have always enjoyed data visualization. So, I decided see if I could build these skills into a viable business venture on my own. When the idea still seemed good after crunching a few numbers, I launched Carn Analytics in January 2019.
TT: Tell us a little bit about what you do now
KG: Now, Carn Analytics is still in its infancy, so I spend a lot of time in meetings, listening to business and non-profit stakeholders, and figuring out how to provide useful, data-driven responses to key business questions. For some organizations, this process involves mining already existing data and for others it means putting together a data collection strategy (including web tracking, customer interaction tracking, and survey development). Once I have data in-hand, I distill it into meaningful metrics and then convey the results back to the business stakeholders.
TT: And what's next?
KG: I'm most interested in data visualization (and that might perhaps be my biggest strength), so I'm looking to keep finding more clients who need to be able to tell a compelling data story---either in the form of static reports and infographics or through interactive data portals and other web platforms. After that, who knows! I'm just following where my interests lead.
TT: Where can people learn more?
KG: More information about Carn Analytics can be found here: http://www.carnanalytics.com/
And for more information about Women Who Dare and the podcast, people can head here: http://kerrygross.com/