Charting the Path of Riskified's Data Platform Journey


July 10th, 2022

39 mins 57 secs

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Building a data platform is a journey, not a destination. Beyond the work of assembling a set of technologies and building integrations across them, there is also the work of growing and organizing a team that can support and benefit from that platform. In this episode Inbar Yogev and Lior Winner share the journey that they and their teams at Riskified have been on for their data platform. They also discuss how they have established a guild system for training and supporting data professionals in the organization.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Inbar Yogev and Lior Winner about the data platform that the team at Riskified are building to power their fraud management service


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • What does Riskified do?
  • Can you describe the role of data at Riskified?
    • What are some of the core types and sources of information that you are dealing with?
    • Who/what are the primary consumers of the data that you are responsible for?
  • What are the team structures that you have tested for your data professionals?
    • What is the composition of your data roles? (e.g. ML engineers, data engineers, data scientists, data product managers, etc.)
  • What are the organizational constraints that have the biggest impact on the design and usage of your data systems?
  • Can you describe the current architecture of your data platform?
    • What are some of the most notable evolutions/redesigns that you have gone through?
  • What is your process for establishing and evaluating selection criteria for any new technologies that you adopt?
    • How do you facilitate knowledge sharing between data professionals?
  • What have you found to be the most challenging technological and organizational complexities that you have had to address on the path to your current state?
  • What are the methods that you use for staying up to date with the data ecosystem? (opportunity to discuss Haya Data conference)
  • In your role as organizers of the Haya Data conference, what are some of the insights that you have gained into the present state and future trajectory of the data community?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen the Riskified data platform used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on the data platform for Riskified?
  • What do you have planned for the future of your data platform?

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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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