Interview Episodes

Episode 193

June 12, 2024

with Matthew Kelliher-Gibson (The Cynical Data Guy)

 – Technical Product Marketing Manager, Rudderstack

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Matthew Kelliher-Gibson, the deemed “cynical data guy,” in a candid discussion about the realities of data work in large organizations. They explore the skepticism surrounding metadata’s value, the myth of a data-driven culture, and the challenges of shifting executive mindsets to trust data over intuition. Additionally, the group delves into the practicality of no-code and low-code solutions for data operations, emphasizing the importance of discipline and understanding the limitations of these tools. The conversation also covers the misuse of tools like Jupyter notebooks in production and the need for clear guidelines to prevent inefficiencies and manage tool usage at an enterprise scale. Don’t miss the battle of the cynical and the agreeable on this week’s episode! 

Episode 192

June 5, 2024

with Binny Gill

 – Founder and CEO, Kognitos

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Binny Gill, Founder and CEO of Kognitos. During the episode, Binny shares his journey from programming on a Casio calculator to founding Kognitos. He reflects on the evolution of learning to code, from his own self-taught beginnings to his son’s coding project during the pandemic. Binny discusses the inception of Kognitos, aiming to democratize programming by making it more accessible and intuitive. The conversation touches on the need for a new operating system that simplifies business logic, the role of AI as a problem-solving tool, the importance of human control over AI systems, and more. 

Episode 191

May 29, 2024

with David McCandless

 – Founder, McCandless Consulting

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with David McCandless, Founder of McCandless Consulting and former data analyst at Amazon. During the episode, David shares his journey from chemical engineering to analytics, leading to his role at Amazon. He also discusses the complexities of time series forecasting for workforce management, emphasizing the importance of explainability and accuracy, especially during the pandemic. The conversation also touches on the practical applications of forecasting in business, the need for clear communication with leaders, and Amazon’s culture of detailed documentation for decision-making. David’s insights offer a deep dive into the real-world challenges of data analytics in corporate settings, and more. 

Episode 190

May 22, 2024

with Ben Rogojan

 – Owner and Data Consultant, Seattle Data Guy

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Ben Rogojan, Owner and Data Consultant at Seattle Data Guy. During the episode, Ben discusses the complexities of budgeting for data teams within organizations. The group explores various funding models, including chargebacks and independent budgets, and considers the implications of each on the perception and effectiveness of data teams. The conversation highlights the potential for unhealthy budgeting practices, such as investing in new systems without clear business benefits, which can lead to financial difficulties for companies. The role of the CFO and the importance of aligning data team budgets with organizational goals are also examined, emphasizing the need for strategic investment in data capabilities to support business outcomes. Don’t miss this data discussion!

Episode 189

May 16, 2024

with Ryan McCrary

 – Product Manager, RudderStack

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Ryan McCrary, Product Manager at Rudderstack. During the episode, the group explores the complexities of customer data management, focusing on data activation, identity resolution, and entity management. They also discuss Rudderstack’s profiles product, which aims to bring business users closer to data, making it actionable within their existing tools. The episode covers the challenges of stitching user profiles deterministically, handling anomalies, and the significance of reverse ETL in the data industry. They also touch on the importance of data ownership, visibility between teams, and the role of machine learning in building a data foundation. Overall, the conversation sheds light on the evolving landscape of data management and the need for structured, collaborative tools in the space.

Episode 188

May 8, 2024

with Matthew Kelliher-Gibson

 – Technical Product Marketing Manager, Rudderstack

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Matthew Kelliher-Gibson, Technical Product Marketing Manager at Rudderstack. During the episode, Matthew shares his extensive background in data and data science. With over a decade of experience across various industries, Matthew discusses his transition from analyst to managing data science teams and his journey through political campaigns to an MBA focused on business analytics. The group explores the challenges of purchasing data tools, emphasizing the need to drive business value by cutting costs and increasing revenue. They also discuss strategies for working with business users to prioritize company needs and build trust, personal productivity tools, managing tasks and knowledge, and more. 

Episode 187

May 1, 2024

with Kostas Pardalis

 – Co-Founder in Stealth Mode

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas welcome John Wessel who will be taking over as the new co-host of the podcast as Kostas passes the baton. Kostas reminisces about his journey in starting the podcast and details the challenges of getting the show off the ground. He also shares his journey in the data world, the idea for beginning the podcast, and how his curiosity-driven approach to conversations with industry leaders has grown the show into the success it is today. Kostas also talks about stepping back to focus on a new data infrastructure venture, offering advice to the new co-host, John about what he can expect on the show. Don’t miss this episode! 

Episode 186

April 24, 2024

with Andrew Lamb

 – Staff Engineer, InfluxData, PMC Apache Arrow

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and Kostas chat with Andrew Lamb, a Staff Engineer at InfluxData. During the episode, Andrew takes us on a deep dive into the intricacies of time series databases and the evolution of data systems. He discusses the specialized challenges of managing high cardinality data and the trade-offs in query performance. The conversation also touches on the development of Data Fusion, its adaptation for time series data, and the potential for innovation in the query language space. The episode concludes with a look at the future of data tooling and the exciting possibilities that arise from removing traditional constraints in database architecture with each person expressing enthusiasm for the role of projects like Data Fusion in shaping the landscape of data systems. Don’t miss this episode!

Episode 3

April 18, 2024

with Pete Soderling

 – Founder, Data Council & Zero Prime Ventures

It’s a special edition of The Data Stack Show as we come to you from the Data Council in Austin, Texas. Brooks and Matthew co-host the show to bring you some bonus episodes from some of the leading voices in the data space. This episode features Data Council founder Pete Soderling. In this conversation, Pete reflects on the conference’s evolution, its pause during the pandemic, and its successful return with community support. The episode highlights the technical depth of the conference, its vendor-neutral stance, and the diversity of its attendees, ranging from engineers to industry leaders. Pete shares his pride in the community’s growth and the conference’s role in nurturing data professionals and founders, the careful curation of speakers, the conference’s expansion through the years across the data stack, and more. 

Episode 2

April 17, 2024

with Tristan Zajonc

 – Co-Founder & CEO, Continual

It’s a special edition of The Data Stack Show as we come to you from the Data Council in Austin, Texas. Brooks and Matthew co-host the show to bring you some bonus episodes from some of the leading voices in the data space. This episode, Tristan Zajonc returns to the podcast to discuss the evolution of AI and its integration into applications. Tristan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Continual. In this discussion, the group covers the shift towards generative AI in data science, the progression of machine learning in production, Continual AI copilot platform and the importance of reliability and low latency in AI responses. The conversation also touches on the challenges and future potential of AI copilots in complex industries and large enterprises, considering regulatory and technological breakthroughs needed for widespread adoption, and more.