Creating A Unified Experience For The Modern Data Stack At Mozart Data


November 27th, 2021

58 mins 31 secs

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About this Episode


The modern data stack has been gaining a lot of attention recently with a rapidly growing set of managed services for different stages of the data lifecycle. With all of the available options it is possible to run a scalable, production grade data platform with a small team, but there are still sharp edges and integration challenges to work through. Peter Fishman and Dan Silberman experienced these difficulties firsthand and created Mozart Data to provide a single, easy to use option for getting started with the modern data stack. In this episode they explain how they designed a user experience to make working with data more accessibly by organizations without a data team, while allowing for more advanced users to build out more complex workflows. They also share their thoughts on the modern data ecosystem and how it improves the availability of analytics for companies of all sizes.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Peter Fishman and Dan Silberman about Mozart Data and how they are building a unified experience for the modern data stack


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Mozart Data is and the story behind it?
  • The promise of the "modern data stack" is that it’s all delivered as a service to make it easier to set up. What are the missing pieces that make something like Mozart necessary?
  • What are the main workflows or industries that you are focusing on?
  • Who are the main personas that you are building Mozart for?
    • How has that combination of user persona and industry focus informed your decisions around feature priorities and user experience?
  • Can you describe how you have architected the Mozart platform?
    • How have you approached the build vs. buy decision internally?
    • What are some of the most interesting or challenging engineering projects that you have had to work on while building Mozart?
  • What are the stages of the data lifecycle that you work the hardest to automate, and which do you focus on exposing to customers?
  • What are the edge cases in what customers might try to do in the bounds of Mozart, or areas where you have explicitly decided not to include in your features?
    • What are the options for extensibility, or custom engineering when customers encounter those situations?
  • What do you see as the next phase in the evolution of the data stack?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Mozart used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Mozart?
  • When is Mozart the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Mozart?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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