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Bryce Merkl Sasaki

About Bryce Merkl Sasaki, Editor-in-Chief, Neo4j

Bryce Merkl Sasaki is the Editor-in-Chief at Neo4j. 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

Chip Design on Graphs: 5-Minute Interview with Chuck Calio, Offering Manager, IBM PowerAI

We use Neo4j to design our next-generation Power chips, said Chuck Calio, Offering Manager IBM PowerAI at IBM. The future of graph technology is in AI, but it’s not the only use case. From designing hardware (naturally a graph) to… Read more →

Graphs Are Game-Changing for Cybersecurity: 5-Minute Interview with Eric Spiegelberg, Senior Consultant at GraphAware

“Cyber threat intelligence is high volume, unstructured and highly related. That last attribute makes it great for graphs,” said Eric Spiegelberg, Senior Consultant at GraphAware. In this week’s five-minute interview (conducted at GraphConnect New York), we discuss GraphAware’s work on… Read more →

ICYMI: (Mostly) Everything Important that Happened at GraphConnect 2018

Unless you live under a graph database rock, then you know that the biggest graph technology event of the year – GraphConnect 2018 – happened last week, and it was wondrous to behold. From September 20-22, Neo4j customers, partners, celebrities,… Read more →

Which GraphConnect Training Should You Take? [Quiz]

It’s that time of year again. In less than five weeks, Emil will be getting on stage at GraphConnect 2018 in the heart to Times Square, NYC and announcing the new release of….wow, I think we’re getting a little ahead… Read more →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why a Database Query Language Matters (More Than You Think)

Languages (the natural, human kind) shape how you view the world. From color to time to gender relations, there’s no escaping how language limits (or expands) your worldview. Words are the categories and labels that we use to process and… Read more →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Data Modeling Pitfalls to Avoid

With the advent of graph database technology, 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… Read more →

Casinos on Graphs: 5-Minute Interview with
Joe Stefaniak, CEO of IntelligentTag

“Especially when it comes to the financial sector or gaming, people need answers in real time,” said Joe Stefaniak, CEO of IntelligentTag. From slots and games to guest services to financial systems, casinos are chock full of data sources. Whether… Read more →

Graph Databases for Beginners: The Basics of Data Modeling

For six-ish months of my life, I was a database developer. Starting out, the first thing I learned was data modeling. Our team was using a relational database (RDBMS), specifically MySQL (we later switched to Postgres). Like a lot of… Read more →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why Connected Data Matters

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Sound familiar? Depressingly, we all know it’s true: The boss’s son has a better shot at that corner office than you do. That’s because in business – and in life –… Read more →

Graph Databases for Beginners: Why Graph Technology Is the Future

The world of graph technology has changed (and is still changing), so we’re rebooting our “Graph Databases for Beginners” series to reflect what’s new in the world of graph tech – while also helping newcomers catch up to speed with… Read more →

Machine Learning on Graphs: 5-Minute Interview with Ajinkya Kale, Senior Applied Researcher at eBay

“Most people are not yet looking at graph databases from a machine-learning point of view. All the inherent knowledge we as humans use to make decisions can be encoded in a graph structure,” said Ajinkya Kale, Senior Applied Researcher at… Read more →

Visualizing Healthy Lifestyles: 5-Minute Interview with Alicia Powers, SVP at NYCEDC

“The future of graph technology is already here. It’s everywhere, because we can model anything in a way that’s more close to how it is in real life,” said Alicia Powers, Senior Vice President at New York City Economic Development… Read more →

Are You the GraphConnect 2018 Presenter We’ve Been Looking for? [CFP Is Now Open!]

Bad news droids: You’re not the presenters we’re looking for. However, we’ll need some help finding the perfect presenters for GraphConnect 2018. That’s why the Call for Papers (CFP) is now open! Wait, What’s GraphConnect? Connected data isn’t just powering… Read more →

DevOps on Graphs:
The 5-Minute Interview with Ashley Sun, Software Engineer at LendingClub

“Basically, anything you can think of in your infrastructure, whether it’s GitHub, Jenkins, AWS, load balancers, Cisco UCS, vCenter – it’s all in our graph database,” said Ashley Sun, Software Engineer at LendingClub. DevOps at LendingClub is no easy feat:… Read more →

Neo4j: The Power behind the Paradise Papers

Once again, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has shaken the world with a far-reaching, in-depth investigation into the shadowy world of offshore finance: The Paradise Papers. Using Neo4j, the ICIJ has built upon their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: Benjamin Nussbaum, Co-Founder of GraphGrid

“When we first started exploring Neo4j’s native graph database, we saw benefits in how the data was stored because it paralleled real-world connected data,” said Benjamin Nussbaum, Co-Founder at GraphGrid. He and his team realized that the future of data… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: Aaron Wallace, Product Manager at Pitney Bowes

“We knew we couldn’t come to market with the same old solution and be competitive – so we decided to explore a differentiated solution,” said Aaron Wallace, Product Manager at Pitney Bowes. As a software company prepared to enter the… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: David Brian Ward, CEO & Founder, Telegraph Hill Software

“As with any kind of software, the best for the job is one whose function matches your data structures,” said David Brian Ward, CEO and Founder of Telegraph Hill Software. David and his team were searching for a tool that… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: Stephan Reiling, Senior Scientist at Novartis

“Cypher, for us, is really the killer feature of Neo4j,” said Stephan Reiling, Senior Scientist at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research. The Novartis team recently embarked on a project to bring together huge volumes of disparate biological data, which they… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: Clark Richey, CTO & Co-Founder of FactGem

“The thing we love most about Neo4j is that it’s truly the only native property graph on the market that does what it says it’s supposed to do,” said Clark Richey, CTO and Co-Founder of FactGem. There are a number… Read more →

The 5-Minute Interview: Antonio Molins, VP of Data Science at Miroculus

“We think it’s good to use the right tool for the right problem — and graph databases are the right tool if you are focusing on relationships,” said Antonio Molins, Vice President of Data Science at Miroculus. Choosing the right… Read more →

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

“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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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:… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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,… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read more →

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

Editor’s Note: All promotions in this blog post have now expired. Please use this post for informational purposes only and to browse Neo4j books available from Packt Publishing. Whether you’re a brand-new user of Neo4j or a seasoned vet, you… Read 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… Read 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… Read more →

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