The Data Summit SF is shaping up to be an amazing event, full of first class speakers. I’ll be introducing them to you one by one in a series of blog posts to get you prepped and excited to see them in person on Oct 30th. First up is the lovely, Matt Sundquist, COO and Founder of popular data graphing and analysis platform Plot.ly. Find out all about him and why he’s excited to be speaking at the Data Summit SF.
Speaker Feature: Matt Sundquist, COO & Founder of Plot.ly
What is Plot.ly?
Plot.ly is a young graphing and analytics startup, which makes it easy to analyze and visualize data together. Using Plotly, users can import data from anywhere, then make and share online graphs using Python, MATLAB, R, Excel, Julia, and their web app. Users can also share work and collaborate on projects.
The Plot.ly API enables users to analyze and visualize data in one place, and forms an important step in building the infrastructure for data science to be further democratized. Their goal is to be an awesome platform for collaboratively analyzing data and making graphs.
“We love to connect with folks using data in any way, whether it’s for streaming data, running stats and fits on data, or making beautiful graphs.” – Matt
All of Plot.ly is interoperable, meaning you can write to the same plot from any language, and edit your plots with or without code. Right out of the box, the plots are interactive, web-based, and editable with a GUI. Plot.ly also lets you live-stream data and make 3D graphs. Like GitHub, Plot.ly is free, web-based, and you own your data and control your privacy.
“Our dream is to be a GitHub for data, where people can find and access data and graphs, join a community, and analyze and visualize their data.” – Matt
You don’t have to be a developer to use it either! Plot.ly has something for every data skill level. Google Chrome ships a Plot.ly Chrome App for high schoolers and businesses, NASA scientists and engineers track satellites with Plot.ly, and Journalists at the Washington Post and Wired explain current events with Plot.ly.
Who is Matt Sundquist?
Matt is the co-founder and COO at Plot.ly. Prior to Plot.ly, Matt worked as a Privacy Program Manager at Facebook and on product and privacy at a public records startup. He graduated with honors as a philosophy major at Harvard College, and has been a writer for SCOTUSblog.com and a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina. He is a member of the CA Vital Statistics Advisory Committee, and lives in San Francisco, CA.
When Matt isn’t busy building infrastructure to democratize data, he can be found sleeping, reading, worrying about his privacy, watching Kung Fu movies, attending weddings, or philosophizing how people should be free.
5 Reasons Matt is excited about the Data Summit
- I love learning from folks using data in different industries and jobs, and the Data Summit has it all. Just watching someone play with their data and learning about their stack and tools can give you new insights into how to up your own game.
- I love to dance and hope to do so.
I believe the Dalai Lama makes a great point; we need more festivals (video bellow) . I consider this to be a data festival.
Who wouldn’t be excited to hang with other people who work with and use data, spend a full day learning from experts, making new friends, and having fun?
- Data journalism continues to excite me. I’m particularly excited to learn from data journalists about how they decide what types of data to use in their reporting. Data and graphs can be complicated to explain, and doing so at a mass media level is obviously difficult. I want to see how the best do it.
The Data Summit SF
The Data Summit is a day-long conference, packed with amazing speakers, live workshops, great food and tons of cool swag. We’ll be talking about how people use data to build products, companies, inform business decisions and create cool visualisations.
It’s all about learning and exchanging amazing stories. Come meet your fellow #DataPunks and the whole import.io team (you can even book in individual sessions in our import.io labs to learn more about the product!). We round off this great day of data with drinks and some sweet dance moves.
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