Interview Episodes

Episode 156

September 20, 2023

with Alex Gallego

 – Founder & CEO, Redpanda Data

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Alex Gallego, the Founder & CEO of Redpanda Data. During the episode, the group discusses the importance of Kafka in data infrastructure and the lack of competition in the market. Alex shares his background in streaming systems and the development of Redpanda. The conversation also includes the challenges of operationalizing streaming systems and the evolution of storage systems, using WebAssembly as the interface for writing functions, the key differences between Redpanda and other streaming platforms, where the name Redpanda came from, and more.

Episode 154

September 6, 2023

with Pardis Noorzad

 – CEO, General Folders

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Pardis Noorzad, the CEO of General Folders. During the episode, Pardis Noorzad shares her journey as a data scientist and entrepreneur in founding a company. The conversation includes the importance of data collaboration and sharing, the challenges and complexities of data sharing in various industries, the need for efficient and secure solutions, the underlying definitions and dimensions of the data exchange problem, including infrastructure, security, economics, and user needs, and more.

Episode 153

August 30, 2023

with Jakub Jurových

 – Founder and CEO, Deepnote

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Jakub Jurových, the Founder of Deepnote. During the conversation, the group discussed the role of notebooks in data science and engineering. They explore the history and purpose of notebooks, the challenges of collaboration in notebook workflows, the potential of notebooks in the AI revolution, the importance of interactive computational environments, and more.

Episode 152

August 23, 2023

with Ken Fine

 – CEO, Heap

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Ken Fine, the CEO at Heap. During the conversation, the group discusses the unique auto track capabilities offered by Heap in the product analytics space. They also delve into Ken’s background, including his experience working on submarines and his transition to technology and startups. Ken explains the three elements of Heap’s solution framework, which include data capture, data science capabilities, and providing qualitative context. The conversation also covers the challenges faced by Heap in collecting and managing large volumes of data, their strategy and positioning in the market, the future of the data industry, integrating quantitative and qualitative data in product management and more.

Episode 151

August 16, 2023

with Chris Sell

 – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, GrowthLoop

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Chris Sell, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GrowthLoop. During the conversation, Chris talks about how GrowthLoop enables marketers to build customer journeys directly on the data warehouse. The group explores the divide between engineering teams, data teams, and marketing, and how it is closing as more companies adopt the modern data stack. They also touch on the challenges and opportunities for data warehouse vendors in implementing reverse ETL, the potential for a centralized customer data platform, the role of AI in marketing, and more.

Episode 150

August 9, 2023

with Brendan Short

 – Co-Founder and CEO, Groundswell

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Brendan Short, the Co-Founder and CEO at Groundswell. During the episode, Brendan discusses his journey in being at Zoom during the high-growth stage in 2020 and his journey in founding Groundswell. They also discuss data models and how they create moats for startups, particularly in the sales space. The conversation also covers Brendan’s background in B2B SaaS go-to-market, the challenges of Salesforce’s data model, the potential of data warehouses as an alternative to Salesforce and the role of generative AI in improving user interfaces and sales processes, the future of data ownership, building trust in data-driven tools, and more.

Episode 149

August 2, 2023

with Matteo Pelati and Vivek Gudapuri

 – Co-Founders of Dozer

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Matteo Pelati and Vivek Gudapuri, Co-Founders of Dozer, a company that helps users turn various data sources into APIs for real-time data access. During the conversation, the group discusses the problems that led to the creation of Dozer and how it bridges the gap between data engineering and application engineering. Topics also include the components and workflow of Dozer, its handling of schema changes, working with event streams, use cases, the importance of reliability and observability in Dozer’s data-to-API solution, and more.

Episode 148

July 26, 2023

with Stefan Krawczyk

 – Co-Creator of Hamilton, Co-Founder of DAGWorks

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Stefan Krawczyk, the Co-Creator of Hamilton and Co-Founder of DAGWorks. During the episode, Stefan shares his journey working in data for NextDoor, StitchFix, and others on his journey to founding DAGWorks. The conversation also includes much discussion around Stefan’s creation of Hamilton, how the platform works with definitions and time-series data, how it improves pipelines, what makes Hamilton an ML oriented framework, the importance of unit testing, and more.

Episode 147

July 19, 2023

with Lars Kamp

 – Co-Founder & CEO, Resoto

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Lars Kamp, the Co-founder & CEO at Some Engineering. During the episode, the group talks about the struggles of resource management in organizations today. Topics also include discussion on the trend of large resources to micro resources, managing costs through scale and experimentation, complexities of data infrastructure, how data teams can plan for costs in the future, and more.

Episode 146

July 12, 2023

with Soumyadeb Mitra

 – Founder & CEO, Rudderstack

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Soumyadeb Mitra, the Founder & CEO of Rudderstack. During the episode, the group defines customer data, why data collection is such a complexity, bridging the gap of data collection and useful analytics, building a 360-degree customer profile, how Rudderstack translates data in its new profile feature, how future technologies will impact the data space, and more.