Nate Williams

About Nate Williams

I’m Nate Williams, co-founder of Flex.io and a few other startups.

I’m a data professional, city dweller and amateur oneironaut. I love new ventures, good design, landscape-changing innovation, cultural history and backpacking in the hinterlands.

Developer Productivity

Introducing Serverless Data Feeds

January 29, 2018 by Nate Williams

It’s been a busy season of coding for our team. But with frigid temperatures and snow falling, what better time to hunker down and work on a major product update?

After many long winter nights, we have a new version of Flex.io in the wild that’s loaded with goodies.

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Lessons from the Data Ecosystem: Part 2

January 4, 2017 by Nate Williams

In my previous post, I covered some recurring themes from our conversations with different user communities in the data ecosystem, which highlight common facets of data projects.

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What We've Learned from Exploring the Data Ecosystem: Part 1

December 7, 2016 by Nate Williams

As we’ve progressed through our private beta, one of the most fruitful activities has been talking with folks in different user communities about their data projects. This has had a profound impact on our product vision and roadmap (including a few major pivots).

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We're Reinventing the Query Builder (Well, Kinda)

November 16, 2016 by Nate Williams

Ah, remember the query builder?

In the brief history of the data ecosystem, the query builder already seems like a relic of a bygone era. Compared to predictive analytics, machine learning, and all the innovation going on around Big Data, the query builder is hardly a shiny new thing.

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Talking With Data Journalists: 5 Takeaways from Our Summer Research Project

September 15, 2016 by Nate Williams

Over the summer, we embarked on a research project to learn more about data journalism and how data journalists work with data.

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Data Journalism Survey Results: Crunching the Numbers

September 12, 2016 by Nate Williams

During our summer research project, we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing over 15 data journalists about their work so far. And while we’ve been hearing fascinating stories and learning a lot about how they work with data, we also wanted to put some numbers to these conversations. Enter our Data Journalism Survey.

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Looking for Data on Data Journalism

August 15, 2016 by Nate Williams

After ten fantastic interviews with data journalists about their work, one point is already clear – data literacy is an increasingly essential skill.

Matt Keifer of the Chicago Reporter puts it succinctly: “Data is getting to be ubiquitous. … I think that ‘data journalism’ is an anachronism waiting to happen. Just call it journalism.”

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Digging into Data Journalism: Our Summer Research Project

July 13, 2016 by Nate Williams

This summer, we’ve started a new research project. The goal? To find out more about data journalism, and what, if anything, might make journalism-related data projects easier.

Our core question: are there any common data bottlenecks that data journalists encounter that Flex.io can help eliminate or reduce?

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5 Steps to Faster Data Projects

November 20, 2014 by Nate Williams

Data projects come in many shapes and sizes. From big data predictive analytics to small data spreadsheet projects, from building new open data applications to reconciling a couple of ERP tables in the accounting department.

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