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NFTs are all the rage these days. Or are they?

I wanted to find out by exploring sales of wearable items within the game Decentraland.

Decentraland is a blockchain-based virtual world, in which players can buy land, create scenes, hold virtual events, and buy and sell wearable goods within a peer-to-peer marketplace.

In particular I was curious about how popular the marketplace was for selling wearable items.

Wearable items are simply items you can dress your in-game avatar in and look like this in the marketplace.


A guide to transcending your IQ

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Am I stupid?

It’s a fair question.

It’s not the first time I’ve felt like I wasn’t the brightest tool in the shed. See that’s not even the right expression.

I’ve lost more chess matches than I’ve won, I once referred to my boss as “mom”, and I tell people I really liked the movie Tenet, but I didn’t really understand it.

More importantly though, I can’t seem to figure out what I’m good at.

Every time I foray into the internet world, I see a sea of brilliant creators teaching courses, making people laugh or impressing audiences with wit…


With the storming of the United States Capitol in Washington DC in an attempted coup d’etat, the assumption that democracy as an American principle will never be challenged had to be rethought by many.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to look to history for context and lessons around how complex democracies devolve into one-man dictatorships.

In this article, I briefly cover three men who seized on times of political upheaval to consolidate the range of political opinions to just one — their own. …


Hiring is one of the most crucial components of having a high-performing team, yet hiring managers often still rely on intuition rather than preparation.

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Hiring is one of the most uncertain and risk-laden parts of an organization. It’s no wonder then why companies exert so much effort and resources to get it right. Hiring the right person can yield transformative results, while hiring the wrong candidate can end up being a waste of company resources, doubly so when factoring in your time.

When it comes to hiring data professionals, hiring the right person is that much trickier because you need to evaluate potential candidates on their technical, behavioral, and critical thinking skills.

An additional challenge in hiring a data professional is that the needs…


Opinion

Hint: It’s not because your models aren’t accurate enough.

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Have you ever sunk weeks into building a dashboard, ML model, or datamart only to have it collect cobwebs? Or started building something and just kept building and building with no end? Or maybe you delivered insights to your stakeholders that ended up being not very insightful. Unless you’re god’s gift to data, you can probably cringe remembering a project that fell into at least one of these traps. Failing is okay and is a part of life, but hopefully, we also learn from our failures sometimes.

I’ve definitely had my fair share of underwhelming projects and want to share…


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As a technical professional it’s easy to believe that your success is directly tied to how strong your technical skills are. Consequently, many professionals in our industry put all their stock in learning new programming languages, bettering their grasp of visualization tools and tinkering with new cloud-based technology stacks. However, what they often gloss over is the importance of communication skills.

Don’t get me wrong, being technically proficient is a really valuable quality for a data professional to have. If you can’t competently execute on a defined ask, no amount of communication will make up for that.

But for the…


Congrats. Here’s what nobody told you.

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You probably got promoted because you were good at your job, technically strong, and understood the business. So your company decided to make you a manger and have you impart all that wisdom onto others. But the thing nobody tells you until it’s too late is that the skills that made you succeed at your prior job are not the same as the ones that will make you succeed at your current one.

If you’re like me, after becoming a manager you probably approached your new role in a similar fashion to how you thought about your prior one. In…

Nikita Goldovsky

Data Geek. Professional Dad. Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

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