Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Podcast Interview with Sébastien Heymann, Linkurious

As I am coming up on my 5th anniversary working for Neo4j, I am increasingly happy, proud and thankful for the journey that we had - and the many great people that I have met along the way. One of these people is FINALLY appearing on this podcast, and has a history with this blog every since the VERY first article that I wrote in january 2013: in this article, I showed folks how to load the Belgian Beer Graph into Neo4j using a tool that was actually not intended for this use: Gephi. Many beer (related article)-s later, I am now finally talking to Sébastien Heymann, founder and CEO of, and one of the main people behind Gephi at the time. Here we go:

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Podcast Interview with Steven Baker, Neo Technology

About a year and a half ago, at some meeting in Malmö at Neo's Swedish HQ, I bumped into a new colleague there who was... a little different than most Swedes. He was a bit louder, a bit more outspoken, unapologetically sarcastic, VERY funny - and a big fan of all kinds of (Belgian and other) beers. So we started talking - over a beer. I think it's fair to say we hitted of - and I got to know this Canadian-gone-Swedish guy a bit more, talked more, drank more, ... and decided to invite him to talk about some of the interesting stuff that he works and worked on for our podcast. His name? Señor Baker. Senior Baker. Srbaker. Also know as Steven Baker - working for Neo. Here's our chat:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Podcast Interview with Darko Križić, Prodyna

Another stupidly late podcast publication on my behalf. Somewhere early March (yes, I KNOW - dammit!!!) I had a great conversation with one of our prime Neo4j partners in Germany and across Europe these days, called Prodyna. We did a couple of events together, and I found that some of their thinking and case studies really aligned very well with my own. So we got together for a chat. It's a bit annoying because both of us were referring and looking forward to GraphConnect - and I clearly missed that deadline/timeline. But still wanted to share the conversation... Here it is:
 As per usual, here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:02.689 Hello, everyone. My name is Rik, Rik van Bruggen from Neo Technology, and here we are again recording another podcast, a little bit closer to home. It's actually a really special podcast for me because it's exactly two years ago since we started it on request or instigation of my dear friend Michael Hunger. And this week we've invited someone from Germany in order to talk a little bit about of the wonderful things that PRODYNA is doing with Neo4J. And that's Darko Krizic from PRODYNA. Hey Darko, how are you? 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Part 2/2: looking at the Web of Belgian Public Companies in Neo4j

Yesterday, I published part 1 of this short little blogpost on how we could load the dataset of a great newspaper article in De Tijd (our local financial/economic newspaper) into Neo4j. Of course, the whole point of that loading process (all of which is easily copied from github, btw) is to be able to do some additional querying on the dataset - just because we can :) ... So let's do some simple queries here, and then you can of course explore this some more yourself!

Start with some simple queries

In the article above, one of the key figures in the web of public companies, is Luc Bertrand, the CEO of Ackermans & Van Haaren - a former dredging company that turned into a holding company. Let's explore the network around him - by walking the paths from his node for three hops.
//network around Luc Bertrand 
match path = (m:Male)-[r*..3]-(n) 
where contains "Bertrand"return path
That query gives us a nice little graph that we can explore:

Monday, 8 May 2017

Part 1/2: looking at the Web of Belgian Public Companies in Neo4j

Just a few days ago I came across an interesting article on Belgium's premier economic newspaper - (De Tijd, the local equivalent of the Financial Times or the Wall Street Journal) that was over here:

The title of the article is "The Spider's web of publicly traded Belgium", referring to the web of companies, ceo's, chairmen and directors for the 126 public companies that Belgium still has.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Podcast Interview with Andrew Bowman, Neo Technology

BY FAR the most annoying thing about working for Neo4j, is that there are so many, MANY cool things to do. And that means that sometimes cool things fall through the crack. Like for example this podcast episode, which dates from March already - a great conversation with Andrew Bowman about his work in the Neo4j community. As it so happens, Andrew just recently joined our "Customer Success" team, and is now not just an active community member - but he can actually live and breathe Neo4j 24/7 now :)) ... Here's our chat:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:03.249 Hello, everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen from Neo Technology, and here I am again, recording another podcast for the Graphistania podcast, and this time I've got another introduction of my dear friend Michael Hunger on the other side of this Skype call and that's Andrew Bowman. Hi, Andrew.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Graphconnect Europe 2017 schedule graph

Countdown has begun! Two weeks from now we'll be bringing together the entire European Graph Community in London again, for the annual Graphconnect Conference. Every year, it's something to really live up to, to rally our customers and users to attend as we really believe in the "power of relationships" that are formed and strengthened at conferences like this.

So of course, we had to pull out the old trick (started at Oredev 2014 actually - so quite some time ago!) of creating a "Conference Schedule Graph" for everyone to explore.