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A Brief History of Adam and Seth

Seth and Adam as kids

Although Tika Analytics was founded in 2014, its seeds were planted more than twenty years earlier in 1992 in Portland, OR. It was then, at the age of eight, that Adam and Seth excelled in the weekly multiplication table time trials of Mrs. Mason’s 3rd grade class. Over the following decade, Adam and Seth honed their analytical abilities in middle and high school, teaming up on everything from the strategy board game Diplomacy, to the state math team, to their nationally competing chess team.

Adam and Seth parted ways for college and graduate school, but kept in close contact, playing Diplomacy by email and getting together over holidays when both were in Portland. After earning numerous accolades and degrees in the sciences, they decided to reestablish their historically successful collaboration, applying their data science skills by providing customized analytical services to you.

The Company Name

Adam and Seth both feel a strong connection to their hometown of Portland, OR, which is located in Multnomah County. The area was originally inhabited by Chinook peoples; the Multnomah was a tribe within this population. As such, Adam and Seth selected a name from the pidgin language Chinook Jargon, which was used for trading around the Pacific Northwest. The word “tika” (pronounced TICK-ah) means to want, desire, or wish for something. So the company name, Tika Analytics, simply means that you want analytics!

Seth Kadish, Ph.D.

Seth developed a passion for mathematics and problem-solving early in life, reading Martin Gardner books, playing strategy games, and memorizing digits of pi. He admits that this last item is both useless and embarrassing, but is proof of his love for math.

After high school, Seth attended Pomona College, where he completed an interdisciplinary degree that combined courses in mathematics, physics, astronomy, geology, and environmental science. He graduated magna cum laude from Pomona, and immediately enrolled in a doctoral program in planetary geosciences at Brown University. Over the next five years, Seth researched climate change on Mars, publishing articles on the interactions between glaciers and volcanoes, and the morphology of impact craters.

After earning his Ph.D., Seth moved back to Portland, OR, where he works remotely as a data scientist for Chegg, a student services company in Santa Clara, CA. He also has analytics experience as a professional consultant in energy services and environmental remediation, and as a contractor in a variety of fields including construction, finance, medicine, and marketing.

To relax, he enjoys exploring the Portland food scene with his wife, Dana, writing a data visualization blog, reading dystopian science fiction, and playing fetch with his short-haired dog, Fluffhead.

Adam Calhoun, M.Maths, Ph.D.

Adam grew up interested in computers from a young age. He learned to program from a young age with the intent of making numerous video games. Instead, he ended up with a job as a programmer at Intel in the Intel Architecture Labs.

He then left the rainy climate of Portland for the equally rain climate of Scotland, where he earned a dual undergraduate and masters degree in Mathematics. His dissertation combined traditional mathematical tools with programming to understand the fundamental structure of equations. During his college days, he also worked at a high tech startup and an economic consulting firm.

Upon graduation, he began a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California – San Diego and the Salk Institute. His research focused on learning and decision-making, from a biological, psychological, and computational standpoint. These studies combined techniques from economics, machine learning, and information theory.

He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, a Pathology resident at the University of Pennsylvania. He works at Princeton University where he investigates how social context affects how we make decisions. Beyond research, he is also a science writer who attempts to connect neuroscience, economics and ecology in order to understand how our brains relate to the social world that we live in.