Tableau CEO says the company’s biggest challenge now is talent

Finding right talent with go-getter attitude to support scale is a challenge which transcends geographies worldwide


Tableau Software announced a $100 million third quarter on Wednesday and seems poised to continue growing at a rapid clip — if, that is, it can attract and keep the right employees. In an interview with Gigaom on Thursday, Tableau Co-founder and CEO Christian Chabot (above) said the biggest challenges facing the company right now have to do with people rather than just technology.

Because of the company’s newfound size (it’s up to 1,700 employees) and the lucrative market in which it operates, it’s now competing for top talent against companies such as [company]Google[/company] and [company]Apple[/company]. Referencing the stories he used to read about those companies fighting over employees, Chabot said, “It just seemed like someone else’s war, and now I’m in it.”

Otherwise, Chabot was upbeat about Tableau’s prospects for growth, and dismissive of would-be competitors big and small. Despite the company’s losses over the past few quarters, he said…

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Amazon CTO Werner Vogels: Cloud and SaaS are going global, fast

India is a hot-bed of new start-up culture & acting frugal to launch ideas as products will accelerate the utility service model


It goes without saying that when it comes to cloud, Amazon’s (s AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels has a pulse of the planet. Thanks to the boom in demand for Amazon Web Services and his endless evangelizing of its cloud services in furthest corners of the world, Vogels is intimately aware of how people are using cloud and how it is impacting businesses and people.

A few years ago, during the course of an interview, he told us the cloud with its pay-as-you-go led to more tinkering and that was good for entrepreneurial activity. That prognosis has come true and Amazon is now at the heart of the startup revolution. So a few weeks ago when I asked him where will cloud and cloud services will have the biggest impact, Vogels said one should look overseas, especially in countries that have little or no technology infrastructure.

Going global

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Why adding a feature to edit tweets after the fact might not be such a good thing

Are we making unstructured information more complex by editing tweets…how would data analytic self-heal in this case..


Every time a major news event happens, and reports start flying around the social media-sphere about the details of the shooting or earthquake or whatever it is, Twitter (s twtr) comes under fire for helping to spread inaccurate news, as it did during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston bombings. In some cases, those tweets are just mistakes sent in the heat of the moment, and the author is unable to take them back — but what if they could edit them after they were published?

According to a report from former Reuters social-media editor Matthew Keys, Twitter is considering a new feature that would allow users to edit a tweet after it had already been sent (Keys left Reuters after being charged with helping the group Anonymous hack a former employer, and has set up his own news site).

For what it’s worth, my own sources — who are…

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Tale Of Many Internal applications

Internal tooling architecture is as much an integral part of tech strategy as the core tech roadmap which enables topline. Often I have seen that we make tooling without understanding the customers ( internal ). These tools largely tend to grow as isolated patches and considered low on agenda to maintain or service... Internal tools … Continue reading Tale Of Many Internal applications