Since March 2015, Neo4j VP Rik Van Bruggen has been hosting the Graphistania podcast, covering the wonderful world of graph database technology and interviewing some of the most interesting graph thinkers and developers from across the globe.

See what episodes were in the top 10 from the Neo4j Graphistania podcast, including a special interview

If you’re new to Graphistania, check out the archive on Rik’s blog with all of the podcast episodes or if you’re not subscribed, here’s the podcast RSS feed or the link to iTunes. (Believe me, you want to subscribe to this podcast!).

2018 has been a year like no other for the Graphistania podcast, and we’d love to feature all of the excellent episodes Rik has produced, but alas, space and time limit us to featuring only the top 10 best episodes of the year.

In very unscientific and loosely ranked order, let’s count them down:

#10: Interview with Karin Wolok, Neo4j Community


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In this episode (recorded just before GraphConnect 2018), Rik interviews Karin Wolok from the Neo4j team, and they discuss all of the dynamic things going on in the Neo4j community as well as the beginnings of the Neo4j Community Mavens program.


#9: Interview with Irene Iriarte Carretero, Gousto


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In this episode (recorded live in London during GraphTour 2018), Rik interviews Irene Iriarte Carretero from Guosto on how she uses Neo4j for data science on food and recipe networks in order to build a real-time recommendation engine.


#8: Interview with Michael Simons, Neo4j Engineering


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Michael Simons and Rik both love bicycling, which got them on the phone, which got them…recording a podcast episode! In this episode, Rik and Michael talk about everything related to Neo4j and Java: Spring Data, Neo4j OGM, Spring Boot and jQAssistant.


#7: Interview with Estelle Joubert, Dalhousie University


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Musicology isn’t something that pops up in tech circles very often, but it does in this episode. When Rik interviewed Estelle Joubert from Dalhousie University, they talked about how Estelle is using Neo4j to ask (and answer) new questions in musicology that researchers were previously unable to address.


#6: Interview with Jesús Barrasa, Neo4j Professional Services


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In the first episode of 2018, Rik interviewed Jesús Barrasa, who leads the telecoms practice as part of the Neo4j Professional Services team. They discussed how leading telco network providers use graph database technology to manage complex services and infrastructure. (This was actually the second time Jesús appeared on the Graphistania podcast – check out his first interview here.)


#5: Interview with Laura Drummer, Novetta Technologies


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Laura Drummer is a data scientist at Novetta, a defense contractor in Maryland, USA. In this episode, Rik and Laura discussed how graph technology is used for natural language processing, social network analysis, and – you guessed it – Chinese linguistics.


#4: Interview with Matt Casters, Neo4j & Kettle


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In this episode, Rik interviews fellow Belgian – and fellow beer lover – Matt Casters, the mastermind behind the open source data integration tool known as Kettle. Rik and Matt talked all about data integration, Matt’s new role at Neo4j as Chief Solutions Architect, and of course, Belgian beer.


#3: Interview with Iryna Feuerstein, PRODYNA


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Iryna Feuerstein is a 2018 Graphie Award winner for her amazing work in the Neo4j community. She’s also a software engineer and consultant for Neo4j partner PRODYNA. Iryna runs the Neo4j Düsseldorf meetup and gives talks on a wide array of graph-related projects – honestly, you’ll be hard pressed to find something Rik and Iryna didn’t talk about.


#2: Interview with JEP, the Graph Database


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In this episode, Rik interviews his first non-human subject: JEP the graph database. (Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!) According to Rik, JEP turned out to be a fine chap, really.


#1: Interview with Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo4j


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In this very special year-end episode, Rik interviews Emil Eifrem, the CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j.

Emil has appeared on the Graphistania podcast twice before (once in 2015 and another time in 2016), and with such an eventful year for Neo4j – such as a $80M series E funding round and more – they were long overdue for a talk. This fun and insightful chat shows just how far the world of graph technology has grown and where it’s headed next.


Thanks so much for counting down the top 10 best Graphistania podcasts of 2018 with us today and have a happy new year!

Once more, if you’re new to Graphistania, check out the archive on Rik’s blog with all of the podcast episodes or if you’re not subscribed, here’s the podcast RSS feed or the link to iTunes.


 

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About the Author

Bryce Merkl Sasaki , Editor-in-Chief, Neo4j

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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.


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