In this podcast, Justin Borgman talks about his journey of starting a data science start, doing an exit, and jumping on another one. The session is filled with insights for leadership, looking for entrepreneurial wisdom to get on a data-driven journey.
0:28 Justin’s journey.
3:22 Taking the plunge to start a new company.
5:49 Perception vs. reality of starting a data warehouse company.
8:15 Bringing in something new to the IT legacy.
13:20 Getting your first few customers.
16:16 Right moment for a data warehouse company to look for a new venture.
18:20 Right person to have as a co-founder.
20:29 Advantages of going seed vs. series A.
22:13 When is a company ready for seeding or series A?
24:40 Who’s a good adviser?
26:35 Exiting Teradata.
28:54 Teradata to starting a new company.
31:24 Excitement of starting something from scratch.
32:24 What is Starburst?
37:15 Presto, a great engine for cloud platforms.
40:30 How can a company get started with Presto.
41:50 Health of enterprise data.
44:15 Where does Presto not fit in?
45:19 Future of enterprise data.
46:36 Drawing parallels between proprietary space and open source space.
49:02 Does align with open-source gives a company a better chance in seeding.
51:44 John’s ingredients for success.
54:05 John’s favorite reads.
55:01 Key takeaways.
Paul’s Recommended Read:
The Outsiders Paperback – S. E. Hinton amzn.to/2Ai84Gl
Justin has spent the better part of a decade in senior executive roles building new businesses in the data warehousing and analytics space. Before co-founding Starburst, Justin was Vice President and General Manager at Teradata (NYSE: TDC), where he was responsible for the company’s portfolio of Hadoop products. Prior to joining Teradata, Justin was co-founder and CEO of Hadapt, the pioneering “SQL-on-Hadoop” company that transformed Hadoop from file system to analytic database accessible to anyone with a BI tool. Teradata acquired Hadapt in 2014.
Justin earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
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