Hi! I’m Ben Tanen. I have a passion for thinking about, working with, and visualizing data of all forms. I’m a data scientist and data journalist looking for looking to use interesting data to tell more interesting stories.
I graduated from Tufts University in 2017, where I studied computer science and math, and since then I’ve worked in a number of roles in data science and data analytics consulting. Through my work, I’ve dealt with projects about patent infringement in cars, grassroots political campaigns, foreign exchange trading, streaming music editorial, healthcare economics, television showrunning, podcasts, cryptocurrencies, and the (over)prescribing of opiods. I currently focus on music and talk content as a data scientist and visualization specialist at Spotify. Prior to that, I worked at Analysis Group and Data 2 The People.
I currently live in Utah with my fiancée and our dog. I love to cook and am trying to get my skills up to match my enthusiasm. I’m a huge fan of live music and I’m always looking for great new stuff to add to my digital or vinyl collections. I love movies (catch me at Sundance and on Letterboxd) and am always down to chat about law and politics. When possible (i.e., pre- and post-COVID), I rock climb, ski and snowboard, and play a little pick up hockey. On occasion, I also make generative art sketches and take pictures with my camera.