Matt Boegner

24 Posts Washington DC, USA

Data Engineer | Traveler | Blogger

Book: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

I skipped a job interview because of this book. On paper, the position looked good - the benefits, the role, the company - but something made it feel… empty. Sitting down one evening to review my interview notes, the rumble of a delivery truck outside alerted me to the arrival of my most recent...

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...

Book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk is the founder and/or initial investor in the following companies: Tesla - Bringing electric cars to the mass market; The first successful automotive start-up in the country since 1925. SpaceX - Accomplishing many firsts in the complex aerospace and space transportation field; Has the stated goal of reducing space transportation costs...

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...

Basecoin: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency for Mainstream Adoption

UPDATE 12/14/2018: Sadly, the Basis (formerly Basecoin) project is shutting down. Citing US securities regulations, the team saw no way to implement their design without onerous and substantive alterations. The regulations would force measures such as 1) limiting token ownership to accredited investors and 2) enforcing transfer restrictions. Both actions centralize quite...

Integrating Security into the CI/CD Pipeline: Step-by-Step Recommendations

This is post 2 of 2 on the subject of security in a DevOps environment. For an introduction to the concept, see my previous post. Starting Out The first step towards the delivery of secure software is to conduct risk assessment and threat modeling. The exercise allows you to formulate security objectives and outline...