LinkedIn is a lovely platform, especially for professionals who are looking for jobs, want to connect with like-minded people, people who want to learn more about their industry, and a lot more.

The amount of value that you can get on LinkedIn is truly outstanding. You can look at the professional experience of people you look up to & you can find the rough career steps that they had to take to reach that level.

You can connect with company CEOs, managing directors, COOs, CTOs, CMOs, etc... Just by clicking a button. If you’re lucky, they might even accept your connection request or reply to your message.

Well, this blog post is specifically for data scientists or data enthusiasts. We’re going to tell you 8 successful data scientists that you should follow on LinkedIn.

1. Kirk Borne

Regarded as Captain Kirk in the analytics sector, Kirk is an analytics veteran, educator, a space scientist and more. Currently working at Booz Allen as the principal data scientist, he has taught Data Science, statistics, data ethics, computational modelling and more for 12 years at Mason University. If this fascinates you, let me tell you that he also worked with NASA for over a decade. If you’re serious about Data Science, Kirk is one of the first influencers you should follow.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirkdborne/

2. Ruble Joseph

It’s not every day that you meet someone with 10+ years of experience in this industry. According to him, he is a jack of all trades when it comes to data. He considers himself as a business analyst, an analytics strategist, an applied mathematician cum data scientist, a management consultant, analytics team builder cum program leader.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruble-joseph-8027902b/

3. Jeremy Waite

He was the world number one Data Science influencer in 2015 by Onalytica. With over 72,000 Twitter followers, his authority in Data Science helps him share very useful content on analytics and sometimes playfully make fun of his profession as well. He has worked for the Marketing Cloud of Salesforce as the head of digital strategy and is currently an Evangelist for Watson marketing.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremypaulwaite/

4. Kunaal Naik

Another veteran in the data science space, Kunaal Naik has always been a problem solver from a young age. He also loves teaching Data Science & shares weekly videos on his YouTube channel. He love to provide value to beginners who are just starting out in this sector, and for that reason, he’s put up a free course on Udemy. He also has another more premium course on SkillShare.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kunaal-naik/

5. Craig Brown

With over two decades of experience in the IT industry, he is a Big Data expert and a prominent tech consultant. His tweets are often on technical topics and you’ll find tons of informative content on data analytics. He is also the author of the book Untapped Potential – the Supreme Partnership of Self, a book that deals with self-discovery and tools you will need for success.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigbrownphd/

6. Rahim Baig

He is a seasoned advanced analytics/data science professional with 9 years of experience in advanced analytics, machine learning, consulting in the e-commerce and healthcare domains. He is proficient in machine learning and applications; adept at solving complex problems through data.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahim-baig/

7. Sarita Digumarti

According to her, analytics is everywhere and in everything and it’s this approach that has made her one of the top analytics influencers in India. With a master’s degree in quantitative economics from Tufts University, she has worked across diverse sectors, helping companies with her analytics skills. She is now the co-founder of Jigsaw Academy.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saritadigumarti/

8. Bob Hayes

Bob uses his technical expertise to help companies work on their customer experience and satisfaction. He has a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and has worked for top companies. Bob is now the president of Business Over Broadway. You should definitely check out his articles on customer analytics.

His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobehayes/


The main reason we shared these 8 influential people is that your network is your net worth.

If you don’t surround yourself with like-minded people or people that you want to be like then you won’t get far.

Networking always has been essential; good networking can land you great job opportunities, can help you build long-lasting work relationships (which will eventually help you reach where you want to), and also help in getting promotions!

So start focusing on building your network as soon as possible and you’ll go a long way.