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HYATT BAILEY: Data Scientist

“It was a bit painful at first, but it was an incredible learning experience” is how Hyatt describes College Pro, and I’m sure many of our alumni can relate. After trying a bit of everything, from selling Hawaiian shirts at pop-up sales to starting his own company, he now specializes in data science for businesses.


Education: Yale University, B.A. Political Science
Rookie Year: 2009 (turf: Connecticut)
Current Home: New York City


College Pro story

It all started with an article in the Yale Daily News – a fellow Yale student had spent his summer running a College Pro franchise and wrote a piece about the experience. Hyatt had a friend who was an entrepreneur, and he was interested in picking up some skills so he could try it himself. “College Pro seemed like a great way to learn about how to run a business, without having to come up with my own idea”. His first summer was tough, to say the least. Hyatt struggled with managing people, he was a perfectionist, and he didn’t like dealing with the messiness that came with running a painting business. “I also struggled selling jobs at first. I was promising my customers this incredible paint job, but I hadn’t even managed to hire painters yet.” In the end, Hyatt admits to micromanaging a bit too much, and not laying down the line with his painters. He then took a year off before coming back, but definitely wanted to tackle the business again, and do it better. His second year saw a lot more success; all it took was a bit of trial by fire. “I learned to be more forgiving of myself and my shortcomings, and I left the business with so much more confidence. I also accomplished what I set out to, which was understanding the fundamentals of running a business”.


The Skills

When we asked Hyatt about what he left College Pro with, he had a lot to say. “I have a tremendous amount of appreciation and respect for the leadership at College Pro and the skills they gave me”. Hyatt references the ability to manage as being hugely important – in both his professional and personal life. “There’s a huge responsibility that you learn in management, to your business and your people and your customers.” Hyatt also mentioned the one phrase that has stuck with him since, and will stick with him forever, which is “Instead of saying I should have done this, or I did this wrong, say ‘next time, I’ll do it this way’”.


The Journey to Data Science

After College Pro, Hyatt ended up at an ecommerce company called Quidsi, Inc. He worked in merchandise and buying, and learned a ton about sales analysis and the back end of the company. However, vendor management wasn’t for him, and he moved on to a position that allowed him to do more with data analysis. That was at JackThreads, an online clothing shop where he took on the role of operations analyst. “My job was to forecast returns going forward, and analyze potential risks and issues. It was an interesting analytical problem that I got to solve every day.” At the same time, Hyatt had not given up on the entrepreneurial lifestyle. He started playing around with pop-up shops, inviting his friends to huge parties where he sold vintage Hawaiian shirts that were becoming trendy. He even partnered for a while with a comedian friend, selling his product at stand up shows. In the end, he only made enough money to break even, “the thing that I loved about it was doing it with my friends, and the only way to make a real profit would have been to sell out on that, which I wasn’t interested in”. So, not ready to give up on entrepreneurship, he and his wife started their own company. They went hard for three months before realizing they kinda hated it. Live and learn! “I decided to go back to data science, so I went to a three month bootcamp called Metis on data science. It was based on a really advanced program called Python. Data science is all about applying statistics and computer science tools to business analysis. It’s scientific and rigorous. You get huge amounts of data and build statistic models to predict things, like Discover Weekly on Spotify or the Recommended For You section on Netflix.” After the bootcamp, Hyatt got on the business track for data science at Capital One. After a recent conversation with a recruiter, he discovered his business background from College Pro combined with his data science skills was what got him the gig!

 

Interesting Tidbits

  • Hyatt is from Hawaii
  • His favourite book (apparently it’s life-changing) is ‘I Will Teach You To Be Rich’ by Ramit Sethi
  • Hyatt is an active volunteer for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, which aims to organize communities in anti-racism
  • Some of his favourite memories are hanging out with his fellow franchisees, going to returner’s conferences and skydiving with his division
  • He is a newlywed!

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