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Solving Big Problems With Big Data - Dan Wagner / Founder of Civis Analytics


Dan Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Civis Analytics, a startup that helps companies, non-profits, and campaigns leverage their data to develop smarter strategy, make better decisions, and build stronger, data-driven organizations. 

Before founding Civis Analytics, Dan Wagner was the Chief Analytics Officer on President Obama's 2012 campaign, overseeing a 54-person team of analysts, engineers and organizers that provided analytics and technologies for voter contact, digital, paid media, fundraising and communication. After a discussion with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., on election night, Dan decided to keep his team together and start a company. 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • How Civis Analytics started with great people and no set idea
  • How President Obama built an empowered meritocracy in his 2012 reelection campaign
  • The differences between building a company and a campaign
  • How Civis Analytics got their first customers
  • What you need to do excellent data science
  • Why the government is getting involved in fighting cancer 
  • The timeline for making progress on the cancer moonshot
  • Why they decided to build an innovative data science company in Chicago
  • Why Dan would like to see more risky financing in Chicago
  • The three things you need to ask yourself before starting a company

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A Few of Dan's Favorite Books:

Sponsored By:

  • Bevy: a Chicago startup delivering everything you need, but don’t want to own, for amazing experiences. Own Less. Live More. 



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