Machine learning, data analytics, and software engineering are converging as data-intensive systems become more ubiquitous. Erik Bernhardsson, ex-CTO at Better and former Spotify machine learning lead, and Mike Del Balso, CEO at Tecton and former Uber machine learning lead and co-creator of Michelangelo sit down to chat with us today. These two jammed with us about building machine learning platform systems and teams, the modern operational data stack and how it allows more machine learning applications to thrive, and how to successfully take advantage of data in the process of building products and companies.
In this episode
Michael Del Balso
CEO & Co-founder, Tecton
Mike is the co-founder of Tecton, where he is focused on building next-generation data infrastructure for Operational ML. Before Tecton, Mike was the PM lead for the Uber Michelangelo ML platform. He was also a product manager at Google where he managed the core ML systems that power Google’s Search Ads business.
Erik is currently working on some crazy data stuff since early 2021 but previously spent 6 years as the CTO of Better.com, growing the tech team from 1 to 300. Before Better, Erik spent 6 years at Spotify, building the music recommendation system and managing a team focused on machine learning.
Demetrios is one of the main organizers of the MLOps community and currently resides in a small town outside Frankfurt, Germany. He is an avid traveller who taught English as a second language to see the world and learn about new cultures. Demetrios fell into the Machine Learning Operations world, and since, has interviewed the leading names around MLOps, Data Science, and ML. Since diving into the nitty-gritty of Machine Learning Operations he felt a strong calling to explore the ethical issues surrounding ML. When he is not conducting interviews you can find him making stone stacking with his daughter in the woods or playing the ukulele by the campfire.
Vishnu Rachakonda is the operations lead for the MLOps Community and co-hosts the MLOps Coffee Sessions podcast. He is a machine learning engineer at Tesseract Health, a 4Catalyzer company focused on retinal imaging. In this role, he builds machine learning models for clinical workflow augmentation and diagnostics in on-device and cloud use cases. Since studying bioengineering at Penn, Vishnu has been actively working in the fields of computational biomedicine and MLOps. In his spare time, Vishnu enjoys suspending all logic to watch Indian action movies, playing chess, and writing.