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Data Stories: Leaders at Work [Episode 8]

Data Stories: Leaders at Work [Episode 8]

Experience Is What You Get With Failure

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In this episode, Rahul talks to the Head of Data and Enterprise Solutions at Twitter, Joe Rice, about his diverse career.

Armed with a degree in Public Affairs and a keen interest in politics, Joe launched his career as a Consultant in Geographic Information Systems, before joining various other industries including pharmaceuticals, international development, and technology. Joe shares his incredible journey so far, and where he sees his career going in the future. He gives some valuable advice to young professionals starting their career in technology sales, all on the 8th episode of Data Stories: Leaders at Work.

Episode Highlights

  • “If you’re interested in something, don’t necessarily just follow the rules in terms of what they’re looking for, or qualifications or experience, there actually might be a fit for you somewhere in that organisation.”
  • “Experience is what you get when things don’t go as you hoped.”
  • “It will all work out. It’s easier to connect dots looking back than forward.”
  •  “Sometimes you have to go back to go forward. Titles aren’t everything - don’t get too wound up about titles, but about what you’re learning. Titles are usually free, and usually inflated in young businesses.”
  • “You have to win the battle in front of you. You have to do the best you can with that job and that role. It may not be the perfect one, but take what you can, do the best you can, and take the next step.”
  •  “Some of the best opportunities are when you don’t expect them.”

About - Joe Rice

Joe Rice heads up the Data and Enterprise Solutions at Twitter. His 20 -year career spans across various industries, from consulting in Geographic Information Systems, to program managing in Pharmaceuticals, to Economic Development for the USPC, and top roles in Technology. He enjoys taking the road less traveled, and seeking the challenges of building things from scratch. Throughout his journey, he’s constantly asked himself, “where do we grow from here?”

Joe holds a BSc in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington and an MBA from the University of Oxford Said Business School.


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