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Ahmed Elsamadisi

Founder & CEO at Narrator AI

Ahmed is the founder and CEO of Narrator. Narrator enables companies to understand their customer, ask questions, and analyze data across all their systems from a single universal data model that grows with them.

Ahmed started his career at Cornell’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory building algorithms for autonomous vehicles and human-robot interaction. He then joined Raytheon to develop AI algorithms for missile defense, focusing on tracking and discrimination.

In 2015, Ahmed joined WeWork as the first hire on their data team. He built their data engineering infrastructure and grew the team to forty data engineers and analysts.

Recently, Ahmed was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 for 2021

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Ahmed Elsamadisi

Founder & CEO at Narrator AI

Ahmed is the founder and CEO of Narrator. Narrator enables companies to understand their customer, ask questions, and analyze data across all their systems from a single universal data model that grows with them.

Ahmed started his career at Cornell’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory building algorithms for autonomous vehicles and human-robot interaction. He then joined Raytheon to develop AI algorithms for missile defense, focusing on tracking and discrimination.

In 2015, Ahmed joined WeWork as the first hire on their data team. He built their data engineering infrastructure and grew the team to forty data engineers and analysts.

Recently, Ahmed was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 for 2021

read more

BOOK NOW FOR your podcast

Ahmed Elsamadisi

Founder & CEO at Narrator AI

Ahmed is the founder and CEO of Narrator. Narrator enables companies to understand their customer, ask questions, and analyze data across all their systems from a single universal data model that grows with them.

Ahmed started his career at Cornell’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory building algorithms for autonomous vehicles and human-robot interaction. He then joined Raytheon to develop AI algorithms for missile defense, focusing on tracking and discrimination.

In 2015, Ahmed joined WeWork as the first hire on their data team. He built their data engineering infrastructure and grew the team to forty data engineers and analysts.

Recently, Ahmed was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 for 2021

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“Ahmed Elsamadisi is familiar with the rise-and-fall-and-rise nature of startups. After launching Narrator a database analysis software company the Egypt-born entrepreneur was forced to lay off half of his eight-person team when the product failed to take off. But after some rethinking and reworking, the company found success at Y Combinator and has since raised $7.4 million.”

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“Narrator is one of more than 100 startups graduating next week from Y Combinator, the San Francisco accelerator program. Put simply, the company provides data-science-as-a-service to its customers: fellow startups.”

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“Ahmed will present a new data modeling approach called the activity schema. It can answer any data question using a single time series table (only 11 columns and no JSON). Instead of facts and dimensions, data is modeled as a customer doing an activity over time. This approach works for any business data used for BI.”

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“Ahmed will dive into why self-service so frequently fails: it’s a data modeling problem. The current approach of using a star schema as a data model fails to support adhoc questions because it requires predefined JOINS. Ahmed will present the activity schema, an alternative data model that requires no joins or foreign keys. A single 10-column table (with a single, standard structure) can model any data for analytics and answer any question. Narrator uses the Activity Schema to enable a new era of self-service where anyone can answer any question in under 10 minutes.”

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Timeline

Sep 2017 - Present

Narrator AI

CEO & Founder

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Sep 2017 - Present

Jul 2015 - Sep 2017

WeWork

Senior Data Engineer

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Jul 2015 - Sep 2017

Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Raytheon

Ai Engineer

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Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Sep 2011 - May 2014

Self-Driving Cars

Robotics Researcher

Sep 2011 - May 2014

Ask me

Why is it so challenging for companies to provide self-service analytics?
Why are dashboards not the goal for data? What should a data team aim for instead?
Why do data stakeholders always need to wait a week or two on their data team when asking a new data question?
What are some aha moments customers have had when using Narrator?
How can an activity schema answer any data question?
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