Peter Wang


The Anaconda Journey

Submitted Jun 20, 2019

The founder of Anaconda talks about the history (and pre-history) of PyData, Anaconda, and the modern Python data science ecosystem. Candid stories about successes and failures along the way, and how the two are often intertwined.


  • The Early Years
    • Founding visions
    • State of Python and Scipy in early 2010s
    • Python & “Big Data”
  • Creation of Conda, Anaconda, PyData
    • Community
    • Technical initiatives
    • Creating an OSS Business
  • Future
    • Challenges as we grow & scale
    • Technical and Community hurdles



Speaker bio

Peter Wang is a co-founder of Anaconda, Inc., where he is CTO and leads the Open Source and Community Innovation team. He has been developing commercial scientific computing and visualization software for 20 years. He has extensive experience in software design and development across a broad range of areas, including 3D graphics, geophysics, large data simulation and visualization, financial risk modeling, and medical imaging.

As a creator of the PyData community and conferences, he devotes time and energy to growing the Python data science community and advocating and teaching Python at conferences around the world. Peter holds a BA in Physics from Cornell University.


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