Matt Boegner

A collection of my ideas on tech, travel, policy, and life.

Washington DC, USA

Book: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The startup founder stereotype is a curious one. The caricature ridiculed in HBO’s Silicon Valley - New Age spirituality, buzzword doublespeak, and passive-aggressive social skills - has an uncomfortable grounding in the truth. Jeff Bezos does not fall into that mold. This book makes it clear that Jeff is a true visionary and...

Book: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

This is a thought-provoking short read by Sebastian Junger, an author and journalist famous for books like The Perfect Storm and War, as well as the gripping war documentaries Restrepo and Korengal. Please watch Restrepo (available on Netflix) if you want an unfiltered portrayal of the front lines of a modern military conflict. Tribe...

A Visit to "The Walker Library of The History of Human Imagination"

I recently had the privilege of touring the magnificent private library maintained by Jay Walker, CEO of Upside Business Travel. The inspiration and theme of the 3,600 sq. ft, 50,000+ item collection is "the history of human imagination". Mr. Walker, a masterful storyteller, weaves a compelling narrative of human imagination as the...

Speaking at the Cloud Analytics World Tour - April 2018

Those who are familiar with my work and this blog know that I am a huge fan of Snowflake Computing and the work the company is doing in cloud-based data warehousing. So I reacted with great excitement when offered the chance to participate in their recent Cloud Analytics World Tour event here in Washington,...

Building an Advanced Analytics Platform using Snowflake’s Cloud Data Warehouse

This is a repost of my feature on the Upside Engineering Blog. At Upside, we’re in the business of providing the best possible experience to business travelers. In that objective, we take measures such as proactively detecting flight delays & cancellations, algorithmically recommending suitable travel packages, and integrating with numerous external services such...