The PRQL: Hardware Innovation Begets Software Innovation with Dhruba Borthakur Co-Founder and CTO, Rockset

May 1, 2023

In this bonus episode, Eric and Kostas preview their upcoming conversation with Dhruba Borthakur of Rockset.


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Eric Dodds 00:05
Welcome to The Data Stack Show prequel where we replay a snippet from the show we just recorded. Kostas, are you ready to give people a sneak peek? Is? Let’s do it. Let’s do it. Well, I don’t think many people know that. You know, RocksDB was originally fueled by the smell coming from a Quizno’s that was baking subs next to the Facebook office. But now you have the backstory brought to you exclusively on The Data Stack Show. Now think, no, it was great to hear him talk about you know, Facebook’s sort of first office. And being in the basement. So many interesting things that we covered. I was just so impressed with Dhruva gist has maintained a, I would say like just a high level of interest in joy in the space and in building things. For he’s seen so much. I mean, it’s cool to hear the stories, but you have to imagine that the day to day of trying to build that stuff and scale that stuff inside of an organization that’s growing like, you know, Facebook, you know, being a founder. I mean, those are really intense experiences. And he’s still seems just, you know, full of joy and energy. And that brought me a lot of joy. So I think that’s the main thing I’m gonna take from the episode. How about you?

Kostas Pardalis 01:36
There are many dates, but I’ll keep for sure, like one, which is how many you have, let’s see the number, like how much of the innovation that we have seen, like in software is actually triggered by innovation in hardware. This is one of the insights that like, I don’t think that you can get from someone unless this person has been in these for a while and doing the stuff that we were talking about, like today, I think discussing about like storage and how like storage actually, like dictates like the things that we can do. And how these like words with Hadoop and how like then the SSD is like, broad like ropes to be like all that stuff. It just makes me I don’t know, like I think I’ll be looking into what’s new storage technologies are going to be coming in the next like months and years, like with much more interest now than before. So I’ll give that I’ll keep that and let’s arrange to have some back soon. We will want to talk about

Eric Dodds 02:56
Well, thanks for listening. Many more great shows coming up subscribe if you haven’t and we will catch you on the next one.