Interview Episodes

Episode 197

July 10, 2024

with Barry McCardel

 – Co-Founder and CEO, Hex

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Barry McCardel from Hex. They delve into the technical, business, and human challenges of data work, emphasizing AI and data collaboration. The discussion also covers Hex’s product updates, the complexities of building AI features, and AI’s impact on data teams. The group explores the unpredictability of AI, the need for extensive evaluation, and the iterative process of refining AI models. The conversation wraps up by touching on industry consolidation, vendor competition, the dynamics of cloud platforms and open source technology, and more. 

Episode 196

July 3, 2024

with David Wynn

 – Principal Solution Architect, Edge Delta

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with David Wynn of Edge Delta. During the conversation, Dave shared his background, including his econometrics work at UPS during the 2008 recession and his tenure at Google Cloud, where he focused on BigQuery and customer-facing architecture in the gaming industry. The discussion covers the landscape of data warehouse products like Snowflake and Databricks, the complexities of cloud platforms, and the challenges of observability. They also delve into the cautious integration of AI in observability, emphasizing the need for better mental models and practical approaches, and so much more. 

Episode 195

June 26, 2024

with Jeff Skoldberg

 – Principal Consultant, Data Architecture and Analytics, Green Mountain Data Solutions

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Jeff Skoldberg, Principal Consultant, Data Architecture and Analytics at Green Mountain Data Solutions. Jeff has been a data consultant specializing in supply chain analytics and cost optimization and shares his journey from starting as a business analyst at Keurig in 2008 to becoming an independent consultant. They discuss the evolution of the data landscape, including shifts from Microsoft SQL Server to SAP HANA and later to Snowflake. Jeff emphasizes the importance of cost optimization, detailing strategies for managing data costs effectively. The group also discusses two frameworks for using data to control business processes and create actionable dashboards, and more.

Episode 194

June 19, 2024

with Clint Dunn

 – Co-Founder, Wilde

This week on The Data Stack Show, Eric and John chat with Clint Dunn, Co-Founder at Wilde. During this conversation, Clint shares his journey from an economics major to a data professional, detailing his experiences at Afterpay and in building data teams for e-commerce companies. The discussion covers Wilde’s focus on predicting customer lifetime value (LTV) and churn for retail brands, emphasizing the importance of accurate data for business decisions. The group also explores the challenges of integrating data predictions into marketing workflows, technical aspects of managing and analyzing large datasets, and more.

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.