Data Radicals

Stories from the people who use data to see things nobody else can.

This is a show for leaders in data and technology. Join us to hear cutting-edge insights about data-driven decision making and creating a data culture.
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Data Radicals

Stories from the people who use data to see things nobody else can.

This is a show for leaders in data and technology. Join us to hear cutting-edge insights about data-driven decision making and creating a data culture.
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Data Radicals

Stories from the people who use data to see things nobody else can.

This is a show for leaders in data and technology. Join us to hear cutting-edge insights about data-driven decision making and creating a data culture.
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Episodes

How Extreme Focus Launched the Modern Data Stack

George Fraser and Taylor Brown, Co-founders, Fivetran

Success comes from following the insights of your data — especially when you’re trying to launch a data company. Fivetran co-founders George Fraser and Taylor Brown discuss how the ability to pivot on the fly was just as important as their solution’s secret sauce to the success of their startup.
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DataOps & The Data Catalog

Michele Goetz, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester

What’s the deal with DataOps? Guest speaker and Forrester Research analyst Michele Goetz says it comes down to democratizing data and enabling self-service. In this interview, learn how DataOps can support collaboration and coordination between the business and IT – and what the future has in store.
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Turning Data Librarians Into Supercomputers

Deb Seys, Senior Director of Learning & Communities, Alation

During the eras of papyrus, parchment, and paper — as well as our current "paperless" age — librarians have been among the gatekeepers of information. In this episode, Alation's senior director of learning and communities, Deb Seys, brings a librarian's perspective to how data (and cataloging it) can tell stories and deliver unbiased metrics.
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From Data Strategy to Execution

Steve Pimblett, CDO, The Very Group

The chief data officer’s title should be “chief data value officer.” After all, it’s the outcomes from data insights that determine success in the eyes of the C-suite. In this episode, CDO Steve Pimblett of The Very Group describes the four pillars of extracting value from data and shares how he’s built a successful B2C data team.
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Multiple Sources of Truth:
Decentralization and the Data Mesh

Zhamak Dehghani, Creator of the Data Mesh

Centralizing data was supposed to produce a single source of truth. Why did it fail? Zhamak Dehghani shares why she created the data mesh, and reveals how this socio-technical approach Decentralizes data ownership to address growing complexity at large organizations.
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Truth, Data, and FAIRness

Francesco Marzoni, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Ingka Group

Want your data to be a competitive asset? Make it FAIR — findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable — and you’ll reduce the silos and improve efficiency. Francesco Marzoni explains how to apply the data management principles of FAIR at your organization to empower more people to derive the most value from your data.
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Using Data to Fight for Human Rights

Tarak Shah, Data Scientist, HRDAG

How can data experts hold the guilty accountable? Tarak Shah is a data scientist working at the intersection of social justice and data analysis. Learn how his work has helped to convict a dictator of war crimes and corrupt police of brutality.
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The Data Behind Dating

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Author of Don’t Trust Your Gut

Forget surveys — study Google searches! Bestselling author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz leverages the accuracy of Google Trends to maintain an unbiased, data-driven mindset — and offers ways to unearth honest insights to power your business decisions.
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The Beginning of Business Intelligence

Bernard Liautaud, Founder, Business Objects & Managing Partner, Balderton Capital

In the world of business intelligence, there are few businesses like BusinessObjects. Founder Bernard Liautaud discusses how startup success was fueled by more than just a great product — it took a culture (both data culture and workplace culture) and leadership by example.
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Knowledge Graphs 101

Kendall Clark, Founder & CEO, Stardog

Enterprise Knowledge Graphs are having a moment. Learn how Kendall Clark’s unconventional path from philosophy PhD to data scientist prepared him to found Stardog, which creates a semantic layer for your data fabric and today counts NASA as a customer.
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Radical Data Politics

Wendy Turner-Williams, CDO at Tableau

How do you change culture? First, speak softly and carry great data. Second, master tips from Tableau’s CDO on how to be a data changemaker and people influencer, with a steady eye to your org chart.
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Data is a Weapon

Stan McChrystal, Retired US Army General

Think changing the data culture at your organization is hard? Try doing it in the U.S. military. Stan McChrystal shares his experiences on improving how data is gathered, shared, and leveraged —drawing on his time as a four-star general leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
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The Data on the Chief of Data

Randy Bean, Founder & CEO, NewVantage Partners

The “D” in “CDO” stands for “data.” But it could also stand for the dexterity needed to get boots-on-the-ground buy-in across the organization. NewVantage Partners founder and CEO Randy Bean shares his insights on how to set up the modern CDO for success.
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The Death and Rebirth of Data Privacy

Michelle Finneran Dennedy, #1 CPO and CEO of PrivacyCode

To a data scientist, data privacy is anathema. Yet to the next generation, it’s a foundational right. How can we adapt? Michelle Finneran Dennedy was one of the first to bring privacy to the C-suite, and in this talk she shares how the role has evolved with advice to future CPOs.
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Data Quality Is a Risky Business

Kyle Kirwan, Co-Founder and CEO of BigEye

Growth in any industry usually requires innovation. But when you challenge the status quo, you encounter different levels of risk. Bigeye CEO and former Uber data scientist Kyle Kirwan details his experiences on finding the balance between innovation and risk.
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The Science Behind Quitting

Christie Aschwanden, Former Lead Science Writer at FiveThirtyEight

Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science writer, who was the first to report on key issues in reproducibility in sports science. In this episode, Satyen and Christie discuss the problems in science today (and how we can fix them!).
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Your Path to CDO Superstardom

Peter Jackson, Co-Founder & Director, Carruthers and Jackson

Fools rush into the wrong CDO role. How can future CDOs flip the script, and identify opportunities to which they’re well matched? Peter Jackson, seasoned CDO, shares tips on how to pick the right company and role to launch your CDO career.
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Super Chickens & the Productivity Pecking Order

Dr. Margaret Heffernan, 5-time CEO and Author of Willful Blindness

Facts don’t always speak for themselves — and the truth won’t always set us free. In this episode, Satyen and Margaret discuss whistleblowers, how to convince people of tough truths with data, and why a team of “super chickens” can undermine productivity.
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Attacking Data Literacy

Cindy Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot

Cindi Howson is an expert in business intelligence with more than 20 years experience. In this episode, Cindi and Satyen discuss the value of data literacy, the evolution of Business Intelligence, and how enterprises can undertake their own data transformation.
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Your Guide to Corporate Controversies

Amir Efrati, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, The Information

In this episode, Amir discusses the Facebook Papers, controversies around self-driving cars, and the relationship between data-driven decisions and transparency. This one isn’t for the faint of heart, and you won’t want to miss it.
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Making Big Data an Asset in Medicine

Michelle Hoiseth, CDO, Parexel

Michelle Hoiseth is the Chief Data Officer at Parexel, a $2.5B global provider of biopharmaceutical services. In this episode, Michelle uncovers the top data problems in the pharmaceturical industry, and shares her advice for promoting a data culture at scale.
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How to be a Data Cheerleader

Caroline Carruthers, Co-Author of The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook

Caroline Carruthers, author of The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook, is a seasoned CDO and data cheerleader. In this episode, learn her tips for seizing success as a CDO, and how to promote data literacy at a large organization.
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The Reign of Specialists is Over

David Epstein, Bestselling Author of Range

This episode features David Epstein, #1 New York Times bestseller of the books Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene. In this episode, David and Satyen discuss the value of a generalized education, the explore/exploit tradeoff, and why managers should encourage exploration in their organizations.
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Emerging from the Data Dark Ages

Jennifer Belissent, Principal Data Strategist at Snowflake

This episode features Jennifer Belissent, expert data strategist and former research analyst at Forrester. Jennifer is a leading voice on data literacy, data management, and data strategy. In this episode, Satyen and Jennifer discuss the value of data literacy, the three pillars of data governance, and how CDOs can build a data culture.
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Forging a Culture of Data Governance

Bob Seiner, President & Principal, KIK Consulting

This episode features Bob Seiner, data governance expert and author of Non-Invasive Data Governance: The Path of Least Resistance and Greatest Success. In this episode, Bob and Satyen discuss how to communicate about data, how to improve data governance at your company, and how to integrate these lessons to create a data culture.
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The Secret to Data Storytelling

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Founder & CEO, Storytelling with Data

This episode features Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, founder & CEO of Storytelling with Data, and author of two best-selling books, “Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice! and Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals,” which have helped tens of thousands of students tell powerful data stories.
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Data Governance: It’s the Final Frontier

Paola Saibene, Principal at Teknion Data Solutions

This episode features Paola Saibene, principal at Teknion Data Solutions and former CTO of the State of Hawaii. Paola is a seasoned data executive, having served as a CIO, CSO and Global Privacy Officer and VP at multi-billion dollar organizations around the world.
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About The Data Radicals Podcast

Some people can see things that nobody else can. They seem to be able to peer around corners and into the future. These seemingly supernatural powers come from being able to synthesize the data all around us. They approach problems with a curious and rational mind. They think differently and encourage others to embrace data culture.

We call them “data radicals” because they transform themselves and the world around them.

In this podcast, we talk to these data radicals to understand what makes their approach so unique, and how it can be replicated.

Satyen Sangani, founder and CEO of Alation
About the host:

Satyen Sangani
Co-founder & CEO of Alation

 

Who wants to empower a curious and rational world? Satyen does. He’s the founder and CEO of Alation, on a mission to fundamentally improve the way data consumers, creators, and stewards find, understand, and trust data.

Satyen Sangani, founder and CEO of Alation
About the host:

Satyen Sangani
Founder & CEO of Alation

Who wants to empower a curious and rational world? Satyen does. He’s the founder and CEO of Alation, on a mission to fundamentally improve the way data consumers, creators, and stewards find, understand, and trust data.

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