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Nicholas P. Desbarats

As an independent educator, Nick Desbarats has taught data visualization and information dashboard design to thousands of professionals in over a dozen countries at organizations such as NASA, Bloomberg, Visa, The United Nations, Yale University, Shopify, The Internal Revenue Service, The Central Bank of Tanzania, and many others.
Nick was the first and only educator to be authorized by Stephen Few to deliver his foundational data visualization and dashboard design workshops, which he taught from 2014 until launching his own workshops in 2019. He has held senior executive positions at several software companies and was a co-founder of BitFlash Inc., which raised over $20M in venture financing and was sold to OpenText Corporation. In 2012, Nick was granted a United States patent in the decision-support field.
Nick’s articles in Nightingale (the journal of the Data Visualization Society) are among that publication’s most widely read and shared, and he regularly delivers main-stage talks at conferences such as Tableau Conference, TDWI World Conference, Data Innovation Summit, and SAS Explorers. He has extensive knowledge of data visualization, information dashboard design, business intelligence, data analysis, cognition and cognitive biases, perception, memory and learning, software design and development, and product management.
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