The PRQL: The Cynical Data Guy’s Origin Story

June 10, 2024

In this bonus episode, Eric and John preview a new segment to the show with the Cynical Data Guy.


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Eric Dodds 00:06
Welcome to The Data Stack Show prequel. This is a short bonus episode where we preview the upcoming show, you’ll get to meet our guests and hear about the topics we’re going to cover. If they’re interesting to you, you can catch the full length show when it drops on Wednesday. Welcome back to the show, we have a very special kind of episode that we’re going to try and start doing monthly. And you’re gonna love the name for the show. It’s called the cynical data guy. And it’s because we have a special guest, who is this cynical data guy, MKG is joining John and I so cynical data guy, welcome to the show.

Matthew Kelliher-Gibson 1:14
Thanks for having me. I’m so excited.

Eric Dodds 1:18
I can’t wait to dig into it. But we do need to give the listeners some context here. So how did cynical data guy come about? Well, first of all, John’s data consulting practice is called agreeable data. So we kind of jokingly call him, you know, the agreeable data guy here and not joined RudderStack, from deep in the bowels of corporate America, doing all sorts of data stuff. And you have tons of war stories and tons of scars from trying to do data at very large organizations. And so when we talk about topics, you often have, let’s say, a salty view that’s been dashed against the rocks of corporate reality. I prefer to think of it as a realistic view, but others disagree. Well, of course, when John and Matt and I chat in the office about topics or LinkedIn posts that we see, we just enjoyed, NATS hot takes so much that we started jokingly calling him the cynical data guy. And then of course, one day, we stopped and said, this has to go on the podcast. So we got to do it. We got to do it. Okay, so here we are. Here’s the format. So I’m going to act as the moderator. We have the cynical data guy, we have the agreeable data guy, and I just pulled some LinkedIn posts that I think are interesting topics to discuss. Okay, so, Matt, I’m gonna just present some of the I’m gonna read some snippets here. Okay. Some of them. I’m gonna keep anonymous. Others I won’t, for obvious reasons. Yeah. Okay. Are we ready? We’re gonna do, we’re gonna try and do three Lightning Rounds here. So if I interrupt you and move on, sorry, not sorry, I guess. Sorry. Not sorry. Yeah, definitely not sorry. Let’s do it. All right. That’s a wrap for the prequel. The full length episode will drop Wednesday morning. Subscribe now so you don’t miss it.