When Taylor joined GitLab, they had just raised their Series C, had about 200 people, and he was the only person "doing data." Over the next 3 years, the company would 6x its total headcount and be on target to IPO, which it did in 2021, all while the demand for data and insights grew exponentially. This talk will detail that growth journey with a particular focus on how they built the data culture across the organization. Taylor will share what went well and what he would repeat, and he'll be honest about what he would do differently if he could go back in time and do it all again. You'll walk away from this talk with a deeper understanding of what it's like to go from a team of 1 to an IPO, you'll understand some of the challenges and pitfalls of rapid growth, and you'll see what goes into building a world-class data team and data culture.
Taylor Murphy is the Head of Product and Data of Meltano, an open source data platform that enables collaboration, efficiency, and visibility. Taylor has been deeply involved in leading and building data-informed teams his entire career.
At Concert Genetics he scaled the Data Operations team to enable the management of hundreds of thousands of genetic tests and millions of claims records.
At GitLab, he was the first data hire where he focused on building and scaling the data organization as the company headed towards its IPO.
Taylor has been involved with Meltano since its inception, acting as the primary customer with whom the team engaged to understand the needs of modern data professionals.