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Bryce Merkl Sasaki

About Bryce Merkl Sasaki, Aspiring Graphista

Bryce Merkl Sasaki is the Community Content Manager for Neo Technology. He studied professional and creative writing for undergrad and has been freelancing for 7 years. Recently, he worked at an inbound marketing agency in Philadelphia as a copywriter before moving to California. When not working, he likes to spend his time working on his novel, looking for pickup soccer games and reading voraciously.


Latest Posts by Bryce Merkl Sasaki

The 5-Minute Interview: Wouter Crooy, Technical Lead at albumprinter

“Neo4j stood out of the NoSQL movement as having all the advantages of traditional relational databases,” said Wouter Crooy, Technical Lead at albumprinter. While relational databases work well for some use cases, albumprinter relies on a polyglot persistence architecture to… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: John Swain, Data Science Product Manager at Right Relevance

“When I initially chose Neo4j, it was a startup project. I found it extremely useful and easy to use, and immediately realized it was the way we wanted to develop,” says John Swain, Product Manager for Data Science and Data… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Dippy Aggarwal, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cincinnati

“We needed a database that could capture relationships – and there is no debate that Neo4j really excels at that,” says Dippy Aggarwal, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cincinnati. Graphs provide significant advantages over relational databases when working with… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Galit Gontar, Software Engineer at Glidewell Laboratories

“We chose a graph database because it’s so much more expressive and a natural representation of the type of data we work with,” says Galit Gontar, Software Engineer at Glidewell Laboratories in Irvine, California. In fact, Gontar and the Glidewell… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Daniel Himmelstein, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania

“This is a really advanced graph algorithm and Cypher nailed it,” said Daniel Himmelstein, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before using Neo4j, it took as many as 1,000 lines of code to write the main query for… Learn More →

5-Minute Interview: Doug Balog, General Manager at IBM Power Systems

“Moore’s Law is dead,” says Doug Balog, General Manager at IBM Power Systems. Due to the constraints of physics, we can no longer expect the doubling of transistor density and performance every couple of years, and the implications for the… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Christophe Willemsen, Senior Consultant at GraphAware

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Christophe Willemsen, Senior Neo4j Consultant at GraphAware in London. Christophe and I spoke at GraphConnect San Francisco last October. Here’s what we discussed: Talk to me about how you use Neo4j. I’m… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: David Meza, Chief Knowledge Architect, NASA

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with David Meza, Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. I caught up with David at GraphConnect San Francisco. Here’s what we talked about: Tell us a little bit about… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Conrad Taylor, Freelance Software Engineer

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with Conrad Taylor, a freelance software engineer. Here’s what we talked about: Talk to me about how you use Neo4j. What projects are you working on? Conrad Taylor: Right now I’m creating a… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Tom Zeppenfeldt, Founder of Graphileon

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Tom Zeppenfeldt, Director and Founder at Graphileon in the Netherlands. Tom and I chatted this past summer about what’s new at Graphileon. Here’s what we covered: Tell us a bit about yourself… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Irina Balaur, Researcher at EISBM

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Irina Balaur, Postdoctoral Researcher at the European Institute for Systems Biology and Medicine in Lyon, France. I caught up with Irina at GraphConnect Europe last April. Here’s what we talked about: Talk… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Axel Morgner, Founder & CEO of Structr

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Axel Morgner, Founder and CEO at Structr in Frankfurt, Germany. I caught up with Axel at GraphConnect Europe last April. Here’s what we covered: For people who may not be familiar, what… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Luanne Misquitta, Senior Consultant at GraphAware

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I interviewed Luanne Misquitta, Senior Consultant at GraphAware. Luanne and I caught up at GraphConnect Europe last April. Here’s what we talked about: Can you tell us a little bit about Spring Data Neo4j? Luanne… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Paul Jongsma, Founder of Webtic

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with Paul Jongsma, Founder of Webtic. Paul and I sat down together at GraphConnect Europe last April. Here’s what we talked about: Can you tell me a little bit about how you guys… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Dr. Andreas Weber, Semantic PDM Consultant, Schleich

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Dr. Andreas Weber, the former Vice President of Operations at Schleich and now an independent semantic PDM consultant in Germany. I caught up with Dr. Weber at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: İrfan Nuri Karaca, Project Manager at Kale Yazılım

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with İrfan Nuri Karaca, Project Manager at Kale Yazılım in Ankara, Turkey. I got to interview İrfan at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we talked about: Tell me about the projects you work on… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Ivan Portilla, IT Architect at IBM

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with Ivan Portilla, IT Architect at IBM. I sat down with Ivan at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we talked about: How Neo4j was used in the WayBlazer project? Ivan: Neo4j was the key… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview:
Nicolas Rouyer, Senior IT Architect at Orange

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Nicolas Rouyer, Senior IT Architect at Orange in France. I caught up with Nicolas at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we discussed: How do you use Neo4j at Orange, and what new projects… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Jesus Llevadias Jane, Co-Founder of Graph Everywhere

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with Jesus Llevadias Jane, Co-Founder of Graph Everywhere. I sat down with Jesus at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we talked about: Why did you decide to build a company around graph databases? Jesus… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Andy Mulholland, VP & Principal Analyst at Constellation Research

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I spoke with Andy Mulholland, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. I interviewed Andy at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we talked about: Talk to me about how you first heard about graph databases… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Mar Cabra, Editor at the ICIJ

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I sat down with Mar Cabra, the Data & Research Unit Editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). I caught up with Mar at GraphConnect Europe after her standing-room-only keynote: “How the ICIJ… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Jean Villedieu, Co-Founder of Linkurious

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Jean Villedieu, a co-founder of Linkurious. I sat down with Jean at GraphConnect Europe last April. Here’s what we discussed: Q: For people who might not be familiar with it, what is… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Dan Murphy, Senior Metadata DevOps at the Financial Times

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I sat down with Dan Murphy, the Senior Developer for Semantic Metadata and DevOps at the Financial Times. I chatted with Dan at GraphConnect Europe after his great presentation on How Go and Neo4j enabled… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: James Weaver, Developer Advocate at Pivotal

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I sat down with James Weaver, a Developer Advocate at Pivotal. I caught up with Jim at GraphConnect Europe in April. Editor’s Note: Catch Jim Weaver’s lightning talk “Navigating All the Knowledge” from GraphConnect Europe… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Kent Lovestjärna, Digital Media Manager at Hästens

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I caught up with Kent Lovestjärna, the Digital Media Manager at Hästens Sängar in Köping, Sweden. I chatted at Kent while we were at GraphConnect Europe. Here’s what we discussed: Q: Talk to me about… Learn More →

Stop Fraud Rings in Their Tracks with Graph Databases [Infographic]

Fraud rings are big business. First-party bank fraud costs banks (and their customers) over $16 billion each year in the United States, and insurance fraud costs nearly $80 billion annually. And fraud rings organized around ecommerce fraud rack up nearly… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Ian Sinnott, Senior Software Engineer at TruSTAR

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Ian Sinnott, Senior Software Engineer at TruSTAR Technology in San Francisco. Here’s what we talked about: Q: Talk to me about how you guys use Neo4j at TruSTAR. Ian Sinnott: TruSTAR’s whole… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Lauren Winter, CTO of Gallium Artistic Services

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I chatted with Lauren Winter, the CTO at Gallium Artistic Services in Berkeley, California. I got to catch up with Lauren at the San Francisco Graph Database Meetup group. Here’s what she had to say:… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: John Mark Suhy, CTO of PureThink

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I caught up with John Mark Suhy, the CTO of PureThink – the exclusive provider of Neo4j Government Edition to U.S. federal, state, Department of Defense and intelligence agencies. Q: Can you talk to me… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Rachel Lader, Software Engineer at Clippr

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I caught up with Rachel Lader, a Software Engineer at Apple. Here’s what we talked about: Editor’s Note: Rachel’s work with Clippr is not in any way affiliated with her position at Apple, Inc. as… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Matthias Sieber, Senior Software Engineer, MediaHound

This week, I had the opportunity to interview Matthias Sieber, Senior Software Engineer at MediaHound, at our offices in San Mateo, California. Here’s what we talked about in this week’s 5-Minute Interview. Q: Can you talk to me about your… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Matthew Harris, CTO of Patheer

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I sat down with Matthew Harris, the Co-Founder and CTO of Patheer. Matthew is also a member of the GraphDB Boston Meetup group. Q: How do you guys use Neo4j at Patheer? Matthew: At Patheer,… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Mark Joslin, CTO of Maslow

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I sat down with Mark Joslin, the CTO at Maslow. Mark is also the organizer of the New York City Neo4j Meetup group. Q: Tell me about your Neo4j project. Mark Joslin: We actually have… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Bert Spaan, New York Public Library

For this week’s 5-Minute Interview, I got to sit down with Bert Spaan, the Space/Time Directory Engineer at the New York Public Library. Bert just moved from Amsterdam to New York and is a member of the New York City… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Aseem Kishore, FiftyThree

This week’s 5-minute interview is with Aseem Kishore. Aseem is the Web Engineering Lead at FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iOS app, Paper. I sat down to chat with Aseem at GraphConnect San Francisco. Q: Talk to me about… Learn More →

From the Neo4j Community: December 2015

The Neo4j community ended 2015 with a bunch of great articles, videos, presentations and new projects. Collectively, you published some great pieces on Ruby, .NET, Spring Data Neo4j, Star Wars, beer…and diapers. Below are some of our favorite pieces from… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Karl Urich, DataFoxtrot

This week’s 5-minute interview is with Karl Urich, the President of DataFoxtrot based in Albany, New York. Karl is also a community contributor to the Neo4j blog. I chatted with Karl at GraphConnect San Francisco. Q: Can you tell us… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Suellen Stringer-Hye, Vanderbilt University

This week’s 5-minute interview is with Suellen Stringer-Hye, the Linked Data and Semantic Web Coordinator at Vanderbilt University libraries. I caught up with Suellen at GraphConnect San Francisco after she delivered an amazing lightning talk on using Neo4j in the… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Derek Small, Founder & CEO of Nulli

For this week’s 5-minute interview, I sat down with Derek Small, the Founder and CEO of Nulli Identity Solution Architects, at GraphConnect San Francisco to discuss how they use Neo4j within identity management. Q: How do you guys use Neo4j… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Hamish Boland-Rudder, Online Editor of the ICIJ

For this week’s 5-minute interview, I sat down with Hamish Boland-Rudder, the Online Editor for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Hamish and I got to chat at GraphConnect San Francisco. Q: Can you tell me about how you… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: David Colebatch, Co-Founder of xnlogic

This week’s 5-minute interview features David Colebatch, the co-founder of LightMesh and xnlogic (a Neo4j Solutions Partner). I caught up with David at GraphConnect San Francisco. Q: Can you talk to me about your first Neo4j project? David: My first… Learn More →

The 5-Minute Interview: Andrew Royer, Independent Neo4j Hacker

Interviewer’s note: Starting today, we’re introducing a new feature on the Neo4j blog called “The 5-Minute Interview” where we’ll be interviewing graphistas from every walk of life – from the on-the-edge-of-everything-new hacker to enterprise architects and everyone in between. We… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Other Graph Data Technologies

Whether you’re new to the world of graph databases or an old pro, it’s easy to assume there’s only a few types of graph database technologies. In reality, it’s one of the most diverse sectors of the NoSQL ecosystem. In… Learn More →

Free Neo4j Books (+ Discounts), from Beginner to Advanced

Whether you’re a brand-new user of Neo4j or a seasoned vet, you can always stand to polish and refine your skills with graph databases. No doubt you’ve read the classic Graph Databases book by Ian Robinson, Jim Webber and Emil… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: A Tour of Aggregate Stores

The world of NoSQL databases is far from uniform. Unlike relational databases (RDBMS) which are fairly uniform, the ecosystem of NoSQL technologies brims with diversity. In order to understand the trade-offs of each NoSQL database, it’s essential that we tour… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: ACID vs. BASE Explained

When it comes to NoSQL databases, data consistency models can sometimes be strikingly different than those used by relational databases (as well as quite different from other NoSQL stores). The two most common consistency models are known by the acronyms… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why We Need NoSQL Databases

As the problems with SQL-based relational databases have become all to clear, there’s been a meteoric rise in the popularity of a new family of data storage technologies known as NoSQL. NoSQL is a cheeky acronym for Not Only SQL… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why a Database Query Language Matters

Finding the best database for your application or development stack is about more than just features, scalability and performance. While all of those are essential, there’s another element of a graph database too many architects overlook: the database query language.… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Data Modeling Pitfalls to Avoid

With the advent of graph databases, data modeling has become accessible to masses. Mapping business needs into a well-defined structure for data storage and organization has made a sortie du temple (of sorts) from the realm of the well-educated few… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: The Basics of Data Modeling

Your enterprise data is everywhere – emails, reports, user logs – yet most of it isn’t structured into any logical framework. When it comes to creating a new application or data solution, you need to provide a structure for that… Learn More →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why Data Relationships Matter

We live in an ever-more-connected world, and data relationships, will only increase in years to come. If your business is to succeed in a highly connected world, you must learn to leverage those connections for all they’re worth – but… Learn More →

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