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Hunch Analytics Leads Coalition to Fight Veteran Unemployment


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Hunch and a coalition of innovators, sponsored by the Duffield Family Foundation, including Workday,  LinkedIn,, Mic, PayScale, Glassdoor, and Esri, have launched a website to aid in the fight against unemployment amongst returning veterans. Veterans Talent: An Open Data Collaboration, available at, presents a one-of-a-kind national map of the skills of veterans, the skills sought after by employers looking to hire veterans, and early insights from leading economists on the implications for workforce development.

 Using newly-released public sector data, as well as additional datasets and technology donated from academic institutions and leading technology firms, Veterans Talent represents a data-driven approach for workforce developers  looking to support America’s returning heroes.

 Veterans Talent is an open data project built in response to a White House call to action at a February 2014 Veterans Jobs and Skills open data roundtable. Sponsored by The Duffield Family Foundation, a team of veteran advocates and technologists worked to develop this proof-of-concept, led by Aneesh Chopra, former United States Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Hunch Analytics, and Leighanne Levensaler, Vice President of Human Capital Management Products at Workday, the leader in enterprise-class, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for managing global businesses.

 Veterans Talent visualizes the skills associated with unemployed veterans mapped against the skills associated with job postings from employers who have made a veteran hiring commitment. Produced by Chris Walker of Mic, a leading news and media company for young people, the interactive maps featured on the Veterans Talent website allow a user to toggle between data sets and quickly compare and contrast the supply and demand of veterans’ skills at a county level.

“There is a great deal of goodwill towards addressing the still-too-high levels of veteran unemployment,” said Aneesh Chopra. “I’m thankful for the coalition who voluntarily shared proprietary data, which, when combined with open government data, has just begun to yield some novel insights on the challenges confronting job-seeking veterans.”

“I wanted to be involved in this project because I knew the innovative people, ideas, and technology behind this project would lead to a world-class resource for our veterans,” said Dave Duffield, co-founder and chairman of Workday, Inc. “Our veterans have so many special skills and talents to contribute to our nation’s employers. I’m very proud of both the outcome and all the organizations that collaborated on behalf of our heroes.”

“The pool of returning service people is full of diverse and talented individuals who find it difficult to translate their skills, experience and competencies into the language of business. It proves frustrating because so many American employers are committed to hiring our heroes, yet have trouble executing on this promise and continue to struggle in finding enough qualified workers to stay competitive,” said Leighanne Levensaler, vice president of human capital management products, Workday. “We believe there is an opportunity to bridge this skills gap by applying the best of American ingenuity to this vexing problem. Veterans Talent harnesses the power of modern data harvesting and analysis techniques to bring greater transparency to the largely untapped talent pool of veterans.”

“The abruptness of the veterans transition process, coupled with America’s civil-military divide, makes it difficult to visualize and understand the employment situation of veterans,” said Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. “The same gap frustrates veterans as they cross the divide and look for work in the civilian sector.  Data enables all sides to see the veterans employment situation more clearly. This project leverages data to better illuminate the job opportunities for veterans in the communities they come home to, and in doing so, helps bridge the civil-military divide, one veteran job at a time.”

Veterans Talent, available at, has a variety of features to highlight this data, including:

·       A video detailing the importance of building a smarter workforce system for our veterans

·       A series of interactive maps showcasing a comprehensive view of veterans’ skills and the skills requested in most job openings aggregated to the county level across the country

·       A series of blog posts from leading economists and other stakeholders revealing early insights on veterans and economic mobility; underemployment trends; and the degree to which certain skilled veterans without certified technology experience might fill growing jobs in the technology sector

·       A white paper entitled, “5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Accelerate Veteran Employment” published by the Center for American Progress

Veterans Talent: An Open Data Collaboration is sponsored by the Duffield Family Foundation and produced with the help of Hunch Analytics. We are proud to present this information experience in support of veterans around the country.

By |September 18th, 2014|News|

Aneesh Chopra on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Chopra and Stewart talk “Innovative State”, and using technology and lean startup mentality to transform Government.


By |May 21st, 2014|News|

Aneesh Chopra releases new book: “Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government”


In Innovative State, America’s first Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra tells the story of a new revolution in America. Over the course of our history, America has had a pioneering government matched to the challenges of the day. But over the past twenty years, as our economy and our society have been completely changed by technology, and the private sector has innovated, government has stalled, trapped in models that were designed for the America of the past. Aneesh Chopra, tasked with leading the charge for a more open, tech-savvy government, here shows how we can reshape our government and tackle our most vexing problems, from economic development to affordable healthcare. Drawing on interviews with leaders and building on his firsthand experience, Chopra’s Innovative State is a fascinating look at how to be smart, do more with less, and reshape American government for the twenty-first century.

By |May 5th, 2014|News|

Big Data and Health

What impact can big data have on health care in New Jersey? A panel of distinguished speakers discussed this and more at “Big Data and Health: Opportunities for New Jersey’s Health Care System,” Friday, April 4, 2014, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Robertson Hall

By |April 17th, 2014|News|

Using Open Data to Connect People to Jobs

Team in Washington D.C.

Nathaniel Hundt and Leighanne Levensaler of Workday with Aneesh Chopra in Washington D.C.

Hunch Analytics friend and partner Leighanne Levensaler of Workday comes to Washington for a summit on using open data to connect job seekers with employers. Read about it on

By |March 21st, 2014|News|

Sanju Bansal at Startup Grind Washington DC

Sanju Bansal, along with Michael Jr. Saylor, founded MicroStrategy in 1989 which develops and sells business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services for some of the top Fortune 500 companies and technology companies in the world including Facebook, eBay, and Yahoo. MicroStrategy was one of the first companies to pioneer data-driven enterprises with Business Intelligence and now is enhancing Big Data capabilities with its army of data scientists. It is a public traded company on the NASDAQ: MSTR with almost $600 million in revenues with 3,200 employees worldwide.

Hear this incredible rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story from the perspective of this famous and humble DC area founder. Also, we will talk about his insights in Big Data, social media, cloud, mobile and it’s impact in the enterprise.

By |August 22nd, 2013|News|

Get to know Cvent’s first investor, Sanju Bansal

Sanju Bansal talks about the challenges and accomplishments of serving on the board of Cvent, which filed for an up to $100 million IPO Monday.

By |July 8th, 2013|News|