consulting services

Launch your company’s AI efforts … and take them to the next level

Consulting services for company leadership, product teams, and investors

AI can be a powerful, transformative force for your business. But AI success requires new knowledge, new ways of thinking, and new discipline. This might be why the vast majority of data projects never make it to production and adoption of AI continues to pose a challenge.

Do you need to develop AI capabilities in your organization? Uncover actionable use cases for your AI strategy? Build AI into your product? Check on a portfolio company’s AI work?

Let’s work together.


I start, restart, and evaluate companies’ AI efforts.
Work with me to make the most of this technology while reducing risk and inefficiency:

Coaching for CxOs and Product Owners

Develop confidence in using AI.

Engage in a structured, one-on-one program with me to develop your executive-level understanding of AI. Get access to a trusted sounding board who will provide guidance and candid feedback on your company's AI plans. Learn how to navigate tough AI discussions with your peer executives and vendors. Reduce risk and dysfunction in your use of AI.

Due Diligence and Risk Management

Catch problems early and course-correct.

Reduce your exposure to downside risks, while leaving yourself open to AI's upside gains. Confirm that your use of AI is real, meets industry standards, and is living up to its potential. Ideal for company self-checks and investor/acquisition scenarios. Please head over to Risk Management for AI for details.

AI Strategy and Product Consulting

Uncover actionable, meaningful AI use cases.

Answer the question "What should we do with our data?" Develop your company's AI strategy (road map). Unlock ideas on how to apply AI to your business model and products. Improve data literacy among key leaders and stakeholders. Restructure your existing AI team and approach.

Fractional Head of AI & Research

Bring experinced AI guidance in-house.

Best suited for companies that are on the first steps of their AI journey. I can build out your company's data practice, prepare it for my successor, and mentor your team along the way.

The Secret Menu

Need something that's not listed above? I've provided a variety of other services over the years, so I may still be able to help. Please contact me with a description of your project description, your proposed timeline, and budget.


Who’s behind this?

I’m Q McCallum. I help companies navigate their AI journey from zero to production and beyond.

I’ve been in the tech industry since the Dot-Com era, and have focused on data since the terms “predictive analytics” and “Big Data” were still gaining traction. I’ve helped clients with everything from explaining AI to executives, connecting data analysis to the business model, guiding product teams, developing predictive models, and performing due diligence.

I’m a published author with bylines from O’Reilly Media. My articles cover topics ranging from AI to business models to N-sided marketplaces. I’ve delivered talks at major industry conferences and private events.

I periodically publish blog posts (including executive-level data literacy, hiring data scientists, and AI risk management ). I’ve summarized some of those blog posts into one-pager guides like “Will AI Help Here?” and “How Do I Do AI?

With all that I still manage to host a podcast where I interview people data scientists should know: their fellow practitioners, economists, data leaders, and the legal department.

Working with me

CEOs and product owners like how I explain AI: in plain language that focuses on business goals. They know that I’ll be candid about what looks feasible and where the plan may go awry.

CTOs trust me because I’ve taken AI projects all the way to production. I shipped plenty of code as a professional software developer before I found my way to AI. Thanks to that experience, I can guide software teams through the dreaded “model handoff” and other trials that can stall an AI project.

All in all, I can take your company’s AI plans from idea to implementation.

Next steps

Are you ready to begin your company’s AI journey?

Contact me to get started.