Why I’m Joining Alvin

Thoughts on a personal journey into the modern world of data governance and DataOps.

Marcelo Costa
Apr 13 · 4 min read
Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash

In April of 2021, I chose to leave a 10 year job at CI&T and join a nascent startup company as their first hire. In this post, I share how my personal journey mixed up with these two crazy dudes from Norway and England and their pioneering tech to solve some exciting problems in the space.

Earlier this year, I was enjoying some vacation time and a good friend of mine sent me this blog post — I am an avid writer on medium, and I love to both consume and create community content.

When I read it, I thought to myself… there is something different here, why haven’t I felt this way before? There are few blog posts that connect to you on a profound level, and this one was one of them.

After working as a Google Cloud partner for a few years, and more specifically taming the "metadata dragon" in the wild, that blog post got my attention. And what does this “metadata dragon” taming look like I hear you ask? A little something like this:

Illustration by Olha Khomich from Ouch!

This experience comes from helping enterprise customers and the community get started with Google Cloud Data Catalog: open-source connectors, walkthrough tutorials, blog posts, and solution designs. This metadata space and enterprise world is a pretty fierce dragon unless you know what you’re doing.

On the plus side, all that hard work helped me achieve 7 Google Cloud certifications. They’re not quite as scary as the metadata dragon above 😂 so reach out on Linkedin if you need any help with those.

Finding your fuel

I find myself someone that is really curious about the space, like sometimes I just wonder and reflect myself… what direction is this space going? What's the next generation of data governance going to look like?

We saw a big shift from monolith applications going to microservices, DevOps or DevSecOps practices becoming a must-have. And now this emerging trend of DataOps solutions is getting more and more attention.

The data governance space is full of robust and enterprise-ready solutions bundled with features and costly monthly bills, so when I saw that blog post talking about a plug-and-play solution that automates key aspects of the data governance journey — that seriously got me interested.

In my experience working with enterprise customers, I saw that there isn’t a good solution out there that really solves some of the most technically challenging problems in the space, like lineage. Having a really solid tech foundation, based on open-source components, and a focus on automation is definitely the way to go. And this is what I saw at Alvin.

The final thing that got to me, was being able to connect with the community through Alvin in the open-source world, its medium publication, and much more to come :)

Working With Talented, Compassionate People

Then I get to know the two founders (Martin and Dan). And our experiences and passion about the space overlap in so many ways, like how excited they are when talking about the product, their view, and the cool tech behind it. I also got to see a demo and things were really smooth and impressive.

It’s only been a few weeks, but since the beginning, I felt that I belong here. And I’m excited for the future and to be able to tell the story of how a Brazilian, a Norwegian and a Brit got together to build something great!

Culture is one of those intangible qualities that can make a company special, and I feel that we have a good thing going here :)

What I Hope to Accomplish

Ultimately my goal is to be in a place where I get a chance to improve the way people work with data, and I believe Alvin is the right place for it! We are committed to building Alvin with the input of the data engineering community. So we’ll decide together what to build next!

Illustration by Anna Golde from Ouch!

Thanks for reading this, and hearing my thoughts!

[1] Are you a passionate data engineer like me? Because we’re hiring! We're looking to build a really strong and diverse team, so join us ;)

[2] If you’re interested in joining our beta, you can request access here (or reach out directly via marcelo@alvin.ai or Linkedin)

[3] Further reading: We need to talk about data governance and The Future of Data Lineage — Beyond a Diagram

Alvin

Alvin is revolutionising how scaling teams govern their data through automation.

Alvin

Alvin automates key aspects of data governance — freeing up time and head-space for data engineers to focus on innovating and inventing. Our core data lineage tech powers features laser focused on their biggest challenges.

Marcelo Costa

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software engineer & google cloud certified architect and data engineer | love to code, working with open source and writing @ alvin.ai

Alvin

Alvin automates key aspects of data governance — freeing up time and head-space for data engineers to focus on innovating and inventing. Our core data lineage tech powers features laser focused on their biggest challenges.

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