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Transcribing my hot take from a panel on career advice for new engineers.

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My hot take is that moving to San Francisco was one of the best decisions I’ve made in life. The essence of the place is wild, contradictory, optimistic, cynical, and always changing. Nothing about the city wants you to get comfortable for long. Because of that you’ll be challenged every day with new perspectives, opportunities, and change.

But you’re asking about startups not personal growth, right? Without question: this is the place to be for startups! If you wanted to learn from the best painters and could choose any place in history, you’d choose to live in Renaissance era Italy. …


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It can be a huge letdown to find out that after overcoming the long odds to get your first speaking opportunity that you aren’t going to be offered a huge check. Yes, there are what I would call minimal acceptable speaking expectations: travel expenses, a complementary conference badge, and promotion on the event website. Beyond that, set your monetary target low. The organizers aren’t trying to stiff you — speaking just isn’t that lucrative of a gig for 99% of the population.

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Some typical speaking fees.

Besides, focusing so much on the monetary aspect will cause you to miss the broader opportunities presented by a speaking gig. Instead of haggling over a few hundred bucks, play the long game. Leverage your speaking session to benefit your company, define your personal brand, and expand your reach. …


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As someone who believes strongly in the potential for business intelligence (BI) to empower people and transform organizations, I have an important concern to share with every like-minded BI pro: We aren’t being disrupted, it’s already happened. Despite increasingly powerful dashboards and data exploration tools, traditional approaches to business intelligence are struggling to meet the expectations of the modern data-driven workforce.

Fortunately the core tenets of BI — that combining data makes it more valuable and that people are more powerful with data — are alive and well. What has changed is both the volume and diversity of data, as well as the expectations of end-users who depend on it. The result is that data demands are increasingly being satisfied with tools that simply aren’t BI. This should excite us all as it presents a huge opportunity to rethink our data strategies and heighten the impact of our teams. …

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Nick Caldwell

Chief Product Officer @ Looker

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