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Rick Hall on Data Analytics, entrepreneurship, and the impact of COVID on Remote Work.

This episode kicks off Season 4 of the show and we are quite excited to have Rick Hall to talk to us about data analytics, entrepreneurship, and the impact of COVID on remote work.

About Rick Hall

Rick Hall  is a software entrepreneur focused on the analytics market. He has led the development of over a dozen software products and taken several companies from the early stage to an eventual sale. He has been working in analytics and software for 30 years and has been apart of the evolution of several generations of technology and practices. Currently, he is the CEO at Aginity Corporation–Supercharge your SQL Experience with Analytics Management. Aginity Corporation is the only next-generation analytics management toolset designed specifically to empower analytic teams to take advantage of the top analytic platforms.

Show Notes


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Notable Quotes

Welcome to Season 4! (01:00)

ImpactQuantum is our new podcast. (02:30)

Rick owns and operates Aginity Corporation. (04:00)

Shoutouts to Bill Baker and the BI Advisory Council. (05:00)

“Stuff changes.” (Paraphrased) (08:00)

OG can stand for Old Guy or Original Gangster.” – Frank (08:30)

Getting data to the place where someone can actually use it for Analytics. (09:00)

“First, you get the data,” referring to ETL, data engineering, data integration, data quality… (09:45)

Regarding GPT-3 (11:45)

“34 ways to measure coupons…” (14:20)

“It’s more of a biology problem.” (14:50)

On answering questions at the speed of business. (15:45)

“So many business questions are answered, initially, in the heat of the moment.” (17:30)

A really honest answer on predicting the unpredictable. (18:35)

“I think we’ll be talking about Covid for the next 20 years.” – Frank (20:00)

Wait – did (THE) Rick Hall just say he listens to Data Driven?? (21:15)

On business travel and remote work during the pandemic… (22:30)

Rick, on pay for software engineers in Silicon Valley. (23:30)

“Innovation Happens Everywhere” – Frank (25:25)

“Everyone hears the story of the Google’s of the world…” (27:30)

Rick started a company 10 Sep 2001. (28:15)

“If you don’t double-down at the moment of greatest risk, well, no one’s going to do it for you.” – Rick (29:00)

“This is probably not the easiest way to make money.” – Frank, on entrepreneurship (31:00)

“Get it useful fast.” – Rick on Lean (32:00)

On starting lean and The Lean Startup. (32:45)

On startups and the cloud… (35:45)

He said it again! (THE) Rick Hall listens to Data Driven! (36:40)

Did you find data or did data find you? (38:00)

“Just shut up and go do it!” – Rick’s boss (39:00)

What’s the favorite part of your current gig? (40:45)

When I’m not working, I enjoy ___. (42:00)

I think the coolest thing in technology is ___. (42:25)

On Microsoft Azure engineering time-to-market. (43:00)

“Ware definitely moving forward with an Iteration Economy.” – Frank (43:30)

I look forward to the day I can use technology to ___. (44:00)

Share something different about yourself (44:30)

Andy’s story of being diagnosed with ADHD around age 47. (45:00)

“Ok, I know where he gets this…” – Andy (46:00)

Frank has a bunch of desks in his office (46:10)

Learn more about! (46:40) is free to start! (47:00)

Follow Rick on LinkedIn. (47:30)

Rick’s recommended Audible listens: (48:35)

The Lean Startup

Lean Analytics

Crossing the Chasm

“I love podcasts which is how I came to yours.” – Rick

Aginity is platform agnostic. (49:45)

Transcript (AI Generated)


About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.