Jim Leach is a data scientist, originally from the North of England, but now based in Atlanta, Georgia. After studying chemistry at university, Jim joined the consulting firm KPMG and began his career as a data analyst. He later returned to university, taking a sabbatical to study for a Master in Business Analytics at Imperial College, London. In his work, he is a passionate R user and developer and enjoys thinking about data visualization and how to communicate effectively using data. In his free time, he enjoys board games, music, cooking, and being outdoors.
Thomas is a bioinformatician, turned software engineer, who enjoys developing tools for data scientists. His main interests are in the tools that bring the scientist closer to their data, whether it be through intuitive and powerful APIs or through visualization. He describes himself as a creative spirit who enjoys photography as well as generative art and graphic design, and he tends to try and combine this with his interest in programming whenever possible. Thomas lives just north of Copenhagen with his wife and two kids.
Christopher Peters is a full-stack data scientist at Zapier. He was both Zapier and Treehouse's first data scientist. Prior to his work as a data scientist, he was a research associate at LSU’s Center for Energy Studies where he was an energy economist. He has a real passion for working with, sharing, visualizing and analyzing data of all kinds using statistical, visual and machine learning techniques.
Leni Krsová is social media data analyst from the Czech Republic, currently based in Prague. At the beginning of her career, she worked for Czech TV, a public broadcaster in the country, as a social media editor but switched quickly from marketing to the path of a data analyst. Since then she is interested more and more in data analysis of social media and online news media data with R, data privacy and academic research in these fields. She is planning to start her Ph.D. studies in near future.
I would highly recommend you to read The Data Science Handbook. The data scientists in the book have helped create the very industry that is now having such a tremendous impact on the world. They discuss the mindset that allowed them to create this industry, address misconceptions about the field, share stories of specific challenges and victories, and talk about what they look for when building their teams.