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Snowflake for Data Science

Anyone working on a cloud-friendly data science, data engineering, or data warehousing team has surely heard the name Snowflake come up over the past couple of years.

For those that haven’t, Snowflake is a relatively new database solution that is majorly innovative in some ways and yet simultaneously familiar in the ways that matter.

The product is essentially a SaaS database built with cloud-native features that we 21st century data enthusiasts (fine… nerds) have come to expect from off-the-shelf products. Some of these features include:

  • the ability to quickly and automatically scale computing power — responding to highly variable workloads in a way that enables high velocity data to flow in, unimpeded by ingestion bottlenecks
  • the separation of storage and compute, both technically and on billing statements — making cold data retention much more cost-effective
  • the ability to segregate and securely share chunks of data — reducing the amount of maintenance and management that data ops teams need to invest in shared data assets
  • automatic query and data optimization — this one speaks for itself!

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Blueprint for Building an MVP Team

The “technical co-founder” model is dead, and building awesome tech isn’t a one-person job anymore. Below is a practical blueprint for building a minimal product team for your venture.

Have you ever heard the following conversation?

Q: “What’s your plan to build your app?”
A: “I’ve got a guy!”
I have. It’s too common and it haunts start-ups and large companies alike, echoing through their later efforts to refactor, rebuild, or redesign their product because of early mistakes made while launching an MVP.

That fateful conversation is also representative of a common oversimplification of building software products and a reckless commodification of the talent that builds them; in other words, to think that some guy (or gal) can build great technology for your company, solo, is simply unrealistic these days. Tech and design have advanced to levels of complexity and nuance beyond what one person can handle. The overly-romanticized “technical co-founder” of tech’s youth is gone and done, and we need a better way to think about building product teams.

To put product development strategy into a more rational lens — and to stop equating its difficulty to that of assembling IKEA furniture — we created the MVPT, a functional blueprint for building a lean software development team (T) that can produce an exceptional MVP.

MVP + T = MVPT. Get it? Nevermind, let’s move on…

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