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Translating Real-World Randomness To Create Digital Security

Or, how I used a deck of cards to protect my data.

*Estimated reading time: 11 minutes, 20 seconds

Every year, our data becomes more accessible as the world is increasingly interconnected and more services we depend on become available online. This allows for an ease that was unimaginable just twenty years ago. You can bank, apply for a mortgage and credit cards, share personal photos, store important documents and get a real-time view into your home at any time.

Topics: culture

Remote Working Guide: Nashville

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes, 50 seconds

Our team hit the road in November for our first-ever Astronomer remote-working week. Or, as we like to say, we “orbited.” (The metaphor breaks down pretty quickly, but we can’t help ourselves with the space analogies.)

Topics: culture

Remote Working Guide: Louisville

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes, 27 seconds

Disclaimer: Astronomer account manager and author of this blog post, Becky Steele, lives in Louisville and shamelessly—no, fiercely—loves her fair city. Although she wasn’t born there, she would tell you that she got there as quickly as she could and plans to stay for life. She is one of a few Astronomers who works remotely full-time and makes a day trip once per week to the Astronomer homebase in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This edition of Astronomer’s Remote Working Guide takes you to Louisville, Kentucky. Or Loo-a-vul. Or Loo-ee-ville? You choose your pronunciation—we accept them all!

Topics: culture

Our Open Source Philosophy

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds

Last year, I wrote a blog post about why we built our platform on AWS and rebuilt it with open source. It chronicles our journey to build our ideal unified system, one that checks all our boxes (like cross-infrastructure, secure, efficient, highly available, self-healing and able to execute long running processes as well as spin up one-off processes and specialized clusters of machines on the side). 

But this post is different.

Topics: culture dev

Building an Unforgettable Product

*Thanks to Nick Kumbari for this awesome space pirate illustration. 

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes, 26 seconds

My friend Luke once told me a story about a time from early childhood when his father took him on an unforgettable adventure. Now a designer, he has been peeling back the layers of this adventure, uncovering valuable lessons scattered amidst the glow of nostalgia. These lessons have shaped his career and sent him down a path of pursuing the art of building great products and great brands.

Topics: culture

Remote Working Guide: Denver

TL;DR: We value and encourage remote working at Astronomer. This is the first of a series of Remote Working Guides in our favorite cities to work in, outside of Astronomer’s home town of Cincinnati.

Topics: culture

Press Release: Astronomer Announces Seed Financing

Astronomer Closes $1.9M in Seed Financing

As enterprises become more data driven, Astronomer’s tools make capturing and managing data from multiple sources easy

CINCINNATI--Astronomer, a scalable platform for enterprise-scale big data integration, has closed $1.9M in seed stage financing. CincyTech led the round, with participation from west coast investors AngelPad, 500 Startups and First Ascent, and midwestern funds Connetic Ventures, Drummond Road Capital and CoreNetwork.

Topics: big data Angelpad growth startups culture

Our Unique Path to Raising $2M Seed in the Midwest


The story of our path to raising $2M is a series of short stories with some amazing protagonists. A huge thanks to everyone! Let’s dig in.

Topics: culture

Data Jam: Improving the Accuracy of Dental Provider Directories

Last week, we participated in (and won!) our first official hackathon, Data Jam, sponsored by Humana and Spry Labs.

Topics: data science culture

Why I Left Big Consulting for A Startup

*This is NOT me or my family, but it is something I’d probably do, if given the opportunity. The origin of the photo is unknown

One month ago, I was an IT consultant at a Big Four firm, working with Fortune 500 companies to help them solve their problems around IT compliance/risk, cybersecurity and operational technology. It was a stable, well-paying job with a clear path for upward mobility—one that brought a lot of security for my wife and son.

I left that security for Astronomer.

Topics: culture