Datacamp is still a great way to get your feet wet and determine whether or not pursuing data science is right for you — but it won’t get you the job.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid posting — I do not have any relationship with Datacamp (outside of being a subscriber), nor am I using a referral link in this post. This article represents my independent opinion as a user of the platform.

In my previous post, I discussed the pros and cons of Datacamp. While I still think what I wrote is largely true and I recommend reading that post first, I wanted this post to serve as an update and addendum for 2020.

Datacamp Keeps Providing Value as a Gateway to Data Science

Datacamp is still proving one of the best ways to get your feet wet in…


A story about the importance of financial intimacy.

I’ve talked about my family being well off. Oddly enough, when I was growing up I didn’t really understand that. I’d like to say it’s because my parents sheltered me, but I also acknowledge that some of it was willful ignorance on my part.

Anyway, this story is specifically about why you should be honest with your kids about money, the importance of financial intimacy, and finding empathy with children growing up in financially insecure households.

When I was six, I asked my dad how much money he made. He didn’t want me to take that information and brag about…


In the face of fear and uncertainty, choose to grow and improve yourself.

Recently I had the misfortune of seeing a woman licking a toilet seat as part of a ‘coronavirus challenge’ during my daily social media perusal. After the boiling rage subsided, I realized that at a time like this, we should have a coronavirus challenge, so here it is: I challenge you to dedicate yourself to some form of self improvement over the next few weeks.

Many have compared the Coronavirus Pandemic to a war, and it’s important that we do our part: social distancing, good hygiene, and helping our neighbors when we can.


There are a lot of publications that say that they’re about one thing and then publish everything. At The Opus, we only publish stories and articles about work in its many forms.

That being said, we’re always looking for more writers who want to help others excel at work by sharing their content on our publication.

Sample articles include:

  • Tips for getting a promotion
  • Advice for negotiating offers
  • Examples of side hustles anyone can start (including writing on Medium)
  • A reflection about your startup journey
  • Tools and resources for launching your next venture

If you want to submit a story…


From mitigating the impact of coronavirus to reducing deaths of despair, here’s how remote work helps society:

Remote Work Helps Prevent the Spread of Disease


FIRE is about living intentionally, improving our relationship with money, and becoming happier in the process.

When I talk to people about FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early), the generic response I receive is: “Oh, you mean the thing where tech bros spend no money, work in high paying jobs, and retire at age 30?” At this point I go into damage control mode: the fact is, FIRE is for everyone, and in fact, it has nothing to do with how much money you make, how wealthy you are, or really how much you save. …


You’ve worked hard and are nearing the end of your job search. Maybe you’ve even received a few offers. But how do you choose your next job? This question can be even more confusing when you’re debating staying in your current role. In this article, I want to share the simple framework I used to help make the right decision.

Link to worksheet (Google sheet) here. You can make a copy to follow along with the process and fill out your own worksheet. …


Common reasons data science projects fail and how PMs save the day.

In 2019, Gartner predicted that 80% of AI projects wouldn’t scale to provide business value — that the data science projects would fail. While numerous other posts (see here, here, and here) have provided differing reasons for data science failure, they mask the underlying cause: the lack of a data science product manager.

Most project failures in any business can be boiled down to two main causes: a failure of personnel or a failure of process (however, failures of process are typically caused by failures of personnel). As Ray Dalio stated in The Principles, “Getting the right people in the…


Unique ideas to kickoff the next decade

Lessons learned the hard way, from movies, podcasts, books, and literal ancient wisdom: here’s a collection of ideas I’ve gathered over the past year that are worth sharing.

1. The Stoics Had it Right.

Some of the best advice I ever had was ‘Control what you can control’. Little did I know that advice was essentially a one sentence summary of the school of thought known as stoicism. While I’ve just gotten my toes wet with Letters from a Stoic by Seneca and The Discourses by Epictetus, I’m pretty bought into the idea that happiness comes from aligning your expectations with reality, and the only thing…


I know, it’s hard enough to train people up on Excel. You’re going to have them learn Python? Really? Yes, really. My prediction: within the next 5–10 years Jupyter will overtake Excel. While there’s already been some great posts comparing Excel and Jupyter usecases, here is why I think Jupyter will overtake Excel:

A Low Barrier to Entry

Nick Stager

Analyst, writer, Harvard ’16. Creating a FIRE movement for everyone with Hannah Lombardo here: bostonfirecouple.com

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