Ali Ghodsi is a computer scientist and entrepreneur, specializing in distributed systems and big data. He is also a co-founder & CEO of Databricks, and an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley.
Today, despite the critical importance of open source to software, it’s still seen by some as blasphemous to make money as an open source business. In this podcast, Armon Dadgar, Cofounder and CTO of HashiCorp; Ali Ghodsi, CEO of Databricks; and a16z General Partner Peter Levine explain why it's necessary to turn some open source projects into businesses.They also cover the most important questions for open source leaders to answer: How do you keep community engaged while building a business? What new opportunities does SaaS (software-as-a-service) present? And if you are a SaaS business, how should you approach cloud service companies, like Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
Ali Ghodsi is the cofounder and CEO of Databricks which accelerates innovation by unifying analytics across data science, data engineering, and the business. The company has raised $500M at a $2.75B valuation from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Microsoft, Coatue Management, Green Bay Ventures, and SineWave Ventures to name a few.
Ali Ghodsi stops by to discuss Databricks and the current state of distributed system in enterprises. We take a gander at this week's BGP-based DNS hijack, and Mischa Spiegelmock stops by to talk about his work on projectM, the modern update of the Milkdrop audio visualizer.
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Berkeley, California, USA
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2 hours, 27 minutes
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