Benn Stancil
An at-least-weekly-but-probably-more Substack on data, with data, plus some stuff on technology, culture, sports, and politics.
Created 15 Dec 2019
  • BI is dead
    15 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 8 10
    It wasn’t the war that redrew Europe; it was the peace. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919 after more than four years of catastrophic conflict, created a new map of Europe. The agreement establi...
  • Chasing ghosts
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    The Rose Walk by Claude Monet, painted as his sight was failing. At the center of Facebook’s widening gyre, amid investigative reports, 60 Minutes segments, Congressional hearings, sinking stock price...
  • The intergalactic data stack
    01 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 6 5
    They say a big part of working in data is telling people no, and I wasn't having it. A few years into building Mode, we were standing on a growing pile of feature requests to improve our visualization...
  • Who is “the community?”
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 7 0
    The analytics community, ironically, didn’t listen to the odds. Years ago, when it was first coming together, it wasn’t likely to go well. Internet communities, especially those dominated by young men...
  • Is BI dead?
    17 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 17 6
    In early 2000, Salesforce launched its inaugural product at an event called “The End of Software.” When attendees arrived, they were greeted by a mascot—it was more of a no smoking sign with Mickey Mo...
  • Tilt and tilted
    10 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 7 5
    Source: Boston Globe. Last week, in an midnight order declining to block a Texas law banning most abortions, five justices on Supreme Court of the United States revealed themselves to be what they’ve ...
  • The data OS
    03 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 5 10
    The data hive mind senses a problem. What started as a contrarian argument several years ago has, in the last few months, run a rapid course through the analytics community, turning from a spirited de...
  • The calendar takes its tax
    27 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 7 8
    “I wasn't planning on marching into the abyss, but someone added it to my calendar.” If this Substack had an early nemesis, it would be Paul Graham.1 But every once in a while, mixed in among his “emp...
  • The Modern Data Experience
    20 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 26 0
    What is the modern data stack?1 To analytics engineers, it’s a transformational shift in technology and company organization. To startup founders, it’s a revolution in how companies work. To VCs, it’s...
  • The unspoken gerrymandering of the modern data stack
    06 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 8 2
    We were somewhere around June on the edge of our third month in deep quarantine when the cabin fever began to take hold. I hadn’t traveled more than three blocks in weeks. The only live sports on TV w...
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