ALL EPISODES

49: MLops – The Finalization of the Data Stack with Ben Rogojan of Facebook

Kicking off season three of The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric converse with Ben Rogojan, perhaps better known as Seattle Data Guy. In addition to being a data engineer at Facebook, Ben is also a consultant for a number of smaller organizations and shares his insights on some of the unique issues data engineers face at companies with such a vast difference in scale.

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45: Open Source and Attribution with Ophir Prusak of Codesmith

On The Data Stack Show this week, Eric and Kostas are joined by Ophir Prusak, head of growth at startup Codesmith, a boot camp for software engineers. For nearly a decade, Ophir has been the initial marketing hire for a number of startups and has a variety of experience working with open source tools. He contributes his thoughts on the open source ecosystem and offers perspective on data attribution and the resulting conversations between engineers and marketing.

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44: Leveraging Data in a Post-Covid World with Ruben Ugarte of Practico Analytics

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas talk with Ruben Ugarte, principal at Practico Analytics. As a consultant, Ruben has worked with a wide variety of companies who are emerging from the pandemic with wildly different data landscapes whether they’ve seen tremendous growth or have seen their business struggle. For both kinds of organizations, Ruben has helped them make sense of their data. Eric and Kostas also discuss Ruben’s new book, The Data Mirage.

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42: Scaling Data Science with Ryan Boyer of Shipt

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas talk with Ryan Boyer, principal data scientist at Shipt. Ryan, who’s been with Shipt since before its acquisition by Target, offers insights on the evolution of data science at the company and more in this conversation.

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39: Diving deeper into CDC with Ali Hamidi and Taron Foxworth of Meroxa

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas have Meroxa back on the show, this time talking with co-founder and CTO Ali Hamidi and developer advocate Taron Foxworth. Together they discuss uses and implementations of change data capture, formulating open CDC guidelines, and debate the use of reverse ETL.

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38: Graph Databases & Data Governance with David Allen of Neo4j

In this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas talk with David Allen, a partner solution architect at Neo4j. Together they discuss writing technical books, integrating something like Neo4j with an existing data stack, and many different use cases for graph databases.

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32: Cooking with Data Ops with Chris Bergh from DataKitchen

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas talk with Chris Bergh, the CEO and head chef at Data Kitchen. DataKitchen’s mission is to provide the software, service, and knowledge that makes it possible for every data and analytics team to realize their full potential with DataOps.

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30: The DataStack Journey with Rachel Bradley-Haas and Alex Dovenmuehle of Big Time Data

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas are joined by the co-founders of Big Time Data, Rachel Bradley-Haas and Alex Dovenmuehle, formerly of Mattermost and prior to that, Heroku. At Big Time Data, they work together to provide companies with the ability to derive value and insights from decentralized datasets, improve business processes through data enrichment and automation, and build a scalable foundation to enable a data-driven culture.

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28: Next Gen Data Governance with Stefania from Avo

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas are joined by Stefanía Bjarney Ólafsdóttir, the CEO and co-founder of Avo. Avo, started in 2018, provides data analytics governance as a service, helping organizations make data-driven decisions to improve their customer experience.

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27: Building B2B Marketplaces with Mike Luby from LeafLink

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas are joined by Mike Luby, director of engineering at LeafLink. LeafLink is a cannabis industries B2B wholesale marketplace where thousands of brands can manage and track their orders and relationships.

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24: Demystifying AI with Duc Haba

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Eric is joined by Duc Haba, an AI researcher and enterprise mobility solution architect consultant who most recently did AI consulting work with Cognizant. Their discussion revolves around demystifying artificial intelligence and why so many people either fear AI or place too much trust in it. Duc talks about some of the AI projects he has worked on, some successes and some failures, and points to how the data biases that humans bring into the models can radically alter the outcome of those endeavors.

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23: Migrating from On-Premises to the Cloud with Alex Lancaster from Intuit

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by the risk data engineering manager at Intuit, Alex Lancaster. Alex has been with Intuit, known for its products like QuickBooks, TurboTax, Mint and more, for 15 years and was part of a recent massive and successful re-architecturing from on prem to cloud-based.

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22: Season One Recap with Eric Dodds and Kostas Pardalis

Season One of The Data Stack Show is in the books, and in this episode, Kostas and Eric take a look back at some of the biggest takeaways, trends, and topics from the season. With some great guests already set for season two, the next slate of episodes is shaping up to take an even deeper dive into the world of data and the people shaping it.

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21: Data Integrity and Governance with Patrick Thompson and Ondrej Hrebicek from Iteratively

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by the co-founders of Iteratively, CEO Patrick Thompson and CTO Ondrej Hrebicek. Iteratively helps companies know that their data can be trusted by helping capture clean, consistent product analytics. Today’s conversation digs into the behind the scenes of Iteratively and how trust in data can help accelerate the velocity of an organization.

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20: Transforming the Real Estate Market with Predictive Analytics with Arian Osman from Homesnap

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by Arian Osman, a senior data scientist at Homesnap who is also nearing the end of his PhD in computational sciences and informatics and is the developer of an e-commerce clothing brand. Homesnap is designed for both homebuyers and agents to access data from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), providing real-time, accurate information to all parties involved.

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18: Data Science in Health Insurance with Jason Haupt of Bind

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by Jason Haupt, data science lead at Bind, a no-deductible health insurance company determined to give immediate answers and clear costs before point of care. Jason’s unique background of having a Ph.D. in particle physics and working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have informed the way he goes about approaching data at Bind.

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17: Working with Data at Netflix with Ioannis Papapanagiotou

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by Ioannis Papapanagiotou, senior engineering manager at Netflix. Ioannis oversees Netflix’s data storage platform and its data integration platform. Their conversation highlighted the various responsibilities his lean teams have, utilizing open source technology and incorporating change data capture solutions.

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16: Applying the Event Sourcing Pattern at Scale with Andrew Elster from Earnnest

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric finish part two of a conversation about Earnnest, a digital platform originally designed for facilitating real estate transactions. In the previous episode, they talked with the CTO and co-founder Daniel Jeffords, and in this week’s episode, they talked with the other co-founder, Andrew Elster, CIO and chief architect. Andrew describes more about Earnnest’s stack and their decision to utilize Elixir and talks about their vision for scaling up their product.

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15: Early Stage Analytics and Learning from the Y Combinator Experience with Axel Delafosse from Pool

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric are joined by Axel Delafosse, founder and CEO of Pool, a messaging app designed to help couples spend less time deciding what to do and spend more time together. Axel shares his story of how he went from having his idea being shot down in person by Paul Graham to being accepted for Y Combinator. While Pool is still a young startup, Axel offers wise insight from lessons he’s learned along the way.

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14: Breaking Down Electronic Money Transfers and Modernizing Real Estate Transactions with Dan Jeffords of Earnnest

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas and Eric chat with Daniel Jeffords, CTO and co-founder of Earnnest, a financial tool for the real estate industry. Earnnest’s digital platform allows buyers to securely and electronically deposit funds directly to an escrow holder and keeps agents, buyers, and escrow holders in the loop with automated emails and tracking information.

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12: Building a CDP on your Data Warehouse with Nicholas Ziech-Lopez of MessageGears

In this episode of The Data Stack Show, hosts Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds talk with Nicholas Ziech-Lopez, director of product strategy at MessageGears. MessageGears is designed to reduce data friction for marketers by connecting directly to a brand’s data source and using their live data. This episode centered around the world of CDPs and where MessageGears fits in that space.

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11: Why Modern Cyber Security is a Data Problem with Jack Naglieri of Panther Labs

This week’s episode of The Data Stack Show features a conversation with hosts Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds and guest Jack Naglieri, founder and CEO of Panther Labs. Panther, a San Francisco based startup, is an open platform that helps security teams detect and respond to breaches in cloud-native environments, providing a modern alternative to traditional SIEMs.

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10: The Evolution of the BI Market with Huy Nguyen of Holistics

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds are joined by CTO and Co-Founder of Holistics, Huy Nguyen. Holistics takes an approach to business intelligence and data analytics that they call DataOps. They focus on data team productivity and company-wide access to insights. 

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09: Building the Operating System for Work with Ivan Kanevski of Slapdash

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds are joined by Slapdash co-founder Ivan Kanevski. Slapdash describes itself as the operating system for work. Slapdash emphasizes reducing the time people spend controlling their computer in relation to the time they spend expressing their intent.

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08: When data alone is not enough – Reinventing book shopping at Bookshop.org with Mason Stewart

In this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds chat with Mason Stewart, the lead engineer at Bookshop.org. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Their hope is to help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling and keep local bookstores an integral part of our culture and communities.

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07: Discussing Data Engineering Best Practices with IFTTT’s Peter Darche

In this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds connect with IFTTT data scientist Peter Darche. IFTTT is a free platform that helps all your products and services work better together through automated tasks. Their discussion covered a lot of ground involving their data stack, their use cases, and clearing up once and for all how to pronounce the company’s name.

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06: The Technical Challenges and Opportunities of Building a Startup Inside a Large Bank with Sam Bledsoe of Ruby

This week on The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds continue their conversation about Ruby, a start-up designed to help families navigate their financial situation in some of life’s most challenging moments, by talking with the Nashville company’s CTO Sam Bledsoe. This follow-up discussion digs into how their data engineering and marketing setups co-exist and how they rely on Azure.

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05: The Convergence of Data Engineering and Marketing with Nic Discepoli of Ruby

On this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis and Eric Dodds are joined by Nic Discepoli for the first of two conversations about Ruby, a startup where he is the customer analytics lead. This Nashville-based company is designed to help families navigate their financial situation in some of life’s most challenging moments, often corresponding with a medical event. Their conversation included topics like: 

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03: Turning All Data at Grofers into Live Event Streams

In this week’s episode of The Data Stack Show, Kostas Pardalis connects with Satyam Krishna, a data engineer at Grofers, India’s largest low-price online supermarket. Grofers boasts a network of more than 5,000 partner stores, a user base with three million iOS and Android app downloads, and an efficient supply chain that allow it to deliver more than 25 million products to customers every month. 

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02: The Importance of Data During a Global Pandemic with Utkarsh Gupta of 1mg

In this episode, Kostas Pardalis sits down with Utkarsh Gupta, senior engineer of data science at 1mg, India’s largest online healthcare platform.

Together they discussed 1mg’s data infrastructure, its response to the global pandemic and how data drives their product and their business. Highlights from the show included discussions about:

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00: Welcome to the Data Stack Show!

Each week we’ll talk to data engineers, analysts, and data scientists about their experience around building and maintaining data infrastructure, delivering data and data products, and driving better outcomes across their businesses with data