The PRQL: Self-Driving Technology and Data Infrastructure with Sammy Sidhu, Co-Founder and CEO of Eventual

April 3, 2023

In this bonus episode, Eric and Kostas preview their upcoming conversation with Sammy Sidhu, Co-Founder and CEO of Eventual


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Eric Dodds 00:04
Welcome to The Data Stack Show prequel where we replay a snippet from the show we just reported, Costas. Are you ready to give people a sneak peek?

Kostas Pardalis 00:13
I am. Let’s do it.

Eric Dodds 00:16
Let’s do it. Kostas, talking with Sammy. What an incredible story, right? If you are, you know, in a Tesla, and you’re driving down the highway, and you let go of the wheel, and the car is safely, you know, curing you at 70 miles per hour, without you giving the vehicle any input. You know, Sammy is a huge part of why that’s possible, because of what he’s worked on. And I can’t tell you how much I love that. He drives up an old BMW from the 90s. But it’s a stick shift. And he works on it himself, you noticed sort of a cart, which is so great. I mean, you that that sort of, you know, that sort of wonderful, wonderful story doesn’t come along every day. So that was possibly my favorite part of the episode. But I also just really appreciated really appreciated his thoughtful perspective on just the problem of dealing with complex data in general. And I was astounded by when, you know, towards the end of the episode, we talked about like, Okay, you have like, imagery, you know, for Instagram and self driving cars. And obviously, that’s a huge problem space for complex data. Yeah, some what other things and you said, I mean, actually just hierarchical data, you know, nested data is unbelievably slow when you try to work with it at scale. And so it’s like, oh, yeah, this is, it’s still really early innings for sort of solving problems around complex data. So excited to see what eventual grows into.

Kostas Pardalis 01:54
Yeah, 100% For me, okay, it was like an amazing opportunity. That’s like, talking with him. Because, first of all, we talked a lot about like, things that how to that like, very interesting to me. Especially, I don’t mean just like about like, data infrastructure, because Okay, Vendrell at the end, is like the vision there’s like to build a new type of data warehouse that can be used by ML people that’s working with non tabular data. But it’s interesting to see like how many times no matter what, like what we were talking about, we ended up talking about the developer experience. Now on the Cs in the cow also like silences developer experience can be like, I think, like what he says and what he said about the pandas ecosystem was incredible. Yeah, great story. Yeah, like to hear something like that. So dueling is important it’s like the foundations that we need if we want to accelerate progress right and but like I really talking with Sami because he gave like some like very deep insights on why to lean on developer experience is important and how this can be addressed and how eventual is right for other use case that they have like in their minds of the proposal. They are trying to shoulder the show. Let’s call him Bob to this Oregon shown. It’s, I’m sure we have more to talk about with him.

Eric Dodds 03:27
Indeed. Well subscribe if you haven’t, tell a friend and we will catch you on the next one.