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? 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:
(Coming soon!) Coaching for CxOs and Product Owners
Engage in a structured, one-on-one program with me to develop your executive-level understanding of AI. Receive guidance and candid feedback on your company's AI plans. Learn how to navigate tough AI discussions with your peer executives and AI vendors.
Due Diligence and Risk Management
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
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.
(Limited supply) Fractional Head of AI/Research
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to begin your company’s AI journey?
Contact me to get started.