In the season finale, Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer tell all about what it takes to wrangle a venture into success. Trifacta CEO Adam Wilson talks with them about how they did it, how to turn a vision into reality and how to win data by design. For more data insights, listen to #TheDataWranglers.
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What keeps an Apple developer up at night? Meet Carlos Guestrin — decorated professor of Computer Science at Stanford and former Senior Director of AI and Machine Learning at Apple. Carlos talks with Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer about the birth of the AI-driven Face ID and other machine-learning features he and his team created at Apple. He also talks about distribution shifts and what kept him up at night: the “unknown unknowns” about data, privacy and user experiences. #TheDataWranglers
What are the fastest-growing cloud databases, and why? Sailesh Krishnamurthy talks with Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer about the massive cloud databases he has managed, including his extensive work at Google where he engineers three huge relational cloud databases that support Google’s services such as YouTube, photos, transactions and ads. And, hear insights from his career at Amazon Web Services, IBM, Truviso (which he co-founded), and Cisco. Plus, Sailesh probes Big Data and why SQL databases are back — and are here to stay. #TheDataWranglers
Would you save $50 billion — if you had it? Data can help to reduce marketing waste. Zack Pike, founder of Magnetic Data Science, and veteran of the marketing analytics industry, talks to Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer about using data science to help marketers reduce waste and uncertainty in their campaigns. #TheDataWranglers
How does data relate to pirates? Sarah Catanzaro, a partner at Amplify Partners, talks to Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer about what’s new and exciting in the modern data stack, machine learning and observable data. Her work has focused on startups that bring technological advances in machine intelligence and enterprise infrastructure to solve real-world problems. Having previously worked with the U.S. Secret Service, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, and Palantir, Sarah learned how data can be used to understand and disrupt Somali pirate networks and other insurgent groups: like startups. As data practitioner-turned-venture capitalist, Sarah also offers insights about her career as a woman investor. #TheDataWranglers
How do you unleash the power of data to benefit all Americans? DJ Patil became the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist under President Obama, and discusses with The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer how he helped to define what data science means and does for government, public policy and all Americans. Perhaps one of the most influential data scientists in the world, DJ discusses how data scientists played an integral role in the startup of LinkedIn and in the early discovery of the Covid pandemic. DJ also discusses the role of data science in public health and the criminal justice systems. Trifacta CEO Adam Wilson drops in to chat with DJ and announce an industry-changing acquisition by Alteryx. #TheDataWranglers
What is the Tidyverse and why is it important? Hadley Wickham is a leading data scientist and advocate for improving data science with tidy data and data hygiene. He’s the Chief Scientist at RStudio and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Oakland, Stanford University and Rice University. Join the Tidyverse discussion with The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer. #TheDataWranglers
How will the pendulum swing in data engineering? Join Bill Hostmann, senior research fellow at Dresner Advisory Services, and Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer as they talk about fragmentation in the data industry and how to improve the performance of distributed database design.
What’s above the cloud? Learn what’s hot and what’s not, as The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer look back at the year in data. Facebook went down, SQL is back, and Hadoop is dead. What’s up with Spark, and are streaming databases finally real? The cloud continues to rise, there are issues in data ethics, and data is helping to combat Covid-19. And then there’s the kerfuffle between Snowflake and Databricks. #TheDataWranglers
Meet Moritz Stefaner, a data designer who uses data for storytelling and who helped design the official German Covid-19 vaccine data dashboard. Moritz tells The Data Wranglers — Jeffrey Heer and Adam Wilson — how he creates a character from a dataset to give it emotional meaning and talks about the Covid vaccine clock he created. And, he dives into his data visualizations for train traffic on a German railroad network, the promises and pitfalls of using machine learning for data design, and what it took to visualize 175 years of text from Scientific American. Moritz hosts the popular podcast, Data Stories. #TheDataWranglers
What’s the secret for D3’s long-time success? Mike Bostock, the creator of D3 shares the reasons for his data visualization tool’s longevity, and why it won the 10-year Test-of-Time award from the IEEE. Mike goes deep on D3 and Observable, which he also founded, and talks about all things visualization with The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer, including when it’s OK to use a bar-chart for getting quick data insights and the applications of time zone wrangling. #TheDataWranglers
Can Kafka be my database? Jun Rao, a co-founder at Confluent, the rocket-ship startup behind Apache Kafka®, answers this question and more in a round of database bingo with The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer. Rao discusses best use cases for Kafka, both traditional and newer applications, along with how to use SQL and variations for data transformation. Rao, who goes deep in both open-source and the roots of the database industry, is the co-author of more than 20 reference research papers and the co-inventor of more than a dozen U.S. software patents. #TheDataWranglers
What data orchestration platform is downloaded more than 10,000 times a day? Data scientist Steven Hillion joins The Data Wranglers Joe Hellerstein and Jeffrey Heer to give the inside story on Apache Airflow, used by data scientists and data engineers around the world. Apache Airflow is managed commercially by Astronomer.io, where Hillion is Head of Data and in his spare time, is writing a book of poems from mathematic formulas. #TheDataWranglers
What does metadata really mean? Data scientist Shirshanka Das joins The Data Wranglers, Joe Hellerstein, Jeffrey Heer and Adam Wilson, to re-define metadata. Das discusses his innovative work in data, including a decade at LinkedIn where he was part of a now-legendary data cabal that coined the term “data science” and built the open-source engineering tools Kafka, Pinot and DataHub. Recently, Shirshanka co-founded a new company, Acryl Data, to support the DataHub open-source project. #TheDataWranglers
What’s a trumpet have to do with data management? Meet co-hosts Joe Hellerstein and Jeff Heer in this first episode of The Data Wranglers, where they discuss and riff on data engineering, analytics, data science and all things modern data management.
Meet The Data Wranglers, with co-hosts Joe Hellerstein, Jeff Heer and their data wrangling expert guests. On Thursdays, The Data Wranglers will discuss and riff on data engineering, analytics, data science and all things modern data management. Don’t be surprised if Adam Wilson joins from time to time with insights on all things data. A Trifacta Podcast. #TheDataWranglers Visit www.Trifacta.com/podcast for more info.
About the Data Wranglers
The Data Wranglers is a biweekly podcast featuring experts in data engineering, analytics, data science, and all things modern data management, hosted by Joe Hellerstein and Jeff Heer.
Professor of Computer Science,
Joe is Trifacta’s Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and Jim Gray Chair of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His career in research and industry has focused on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology, and MIT Technology Review magazine included his Bloom language for cloud computing on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world”.
Professor of Computer Science,
U. of Washington
Jeff Heer is Trifacta’s Chief Experience Officer, Co-founder and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington, where he directs the Interactive Data Lab. Jeff’s passion is the design of novel user interfaces for exploring, managing and communicating data. The data visualization tools developed by his lab and collaborators (D3.js, Vega/Vega-Lite, Protovis, Prefuse) are used by thousands of data enthusiasts around the world. In 2009, Jeff was named to MIT Technology Review’s list of “Top Innovators under 35”.