This episode of Over the Edge features an interview between Matt Trifiro and Stephen Goldberg, CEO at HarperDB. Stephen is an established thought leader in the IoT space, with previous professional experience as a CTO and CEO of startups, holding several roles at larger organizations like Red Hat, and leading digital transformation projects at a number of Fortune 500 companies across many verticals. He’s been published on sites like Tech Target and quoted in a number of articles and publications like Forbes and ZDNet, as well as being a speaker at IoT World, SAP Sapphire, and Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce. Stephen holds 2 patents and received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College-Hartford in 2006.
In this episode, Stephen talks about being a self taught programmer that initially wanted to work in anything but technology. He explains the process of co-founding HarperDB to deal with the rigidity and complexity of databases, and how the company makes it easier to globally distribute data faster. Stephen also discusses how bureaucracy, in many ways, is the biggest challenge to innovation and the adoption of new technologies.
“For example, while we felt like the iPhone is an extremely complex device, technologically and internally, it exposes a very simple interface to the world that even a child can use. And, so our thought process was that a database should be the same for a developer. It should be a thing that a developer can just sit down and code, and ultimately, we have built far more than a database in the end. But, that was kind of the premise of what we wanted. We wanted something that would scale with you as your application grew, that made your life easy.
The bureaucracy, like the speed at which people move, their ability to think about how things work, that is now the one that I think is the biggest challenge is that this stuff is now and it’s here. And, if you really wanted to do it, you could, but I think it’s also just changing how people think about stuff. So, like you know, willingness to adopt new technologies, willingness to adopt new architectural paradigms, not trying to bring sort of the same cloud centralized sort of cloud model that you implemented to the edge, because it’s not gonna work, because it doesn’t scale.”
(02:00) Getting started in tech
(05:00) Starting HarperDB
(08:35) What makes HarperDB unique
(16:00) Understanding HarperDB
(22:00) Use cases for HarperDB
(26:45) HarperDB’s cloud product
(35:15) New product release
(36:30) Internet of Things
(46:00) HarperDB in gaming
(48:15) The future of tech
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