Episode 30: The Origins and Future of RStudio With Tareef Kawaf

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Category: Podcast
It’s common knowledge that R has been at the forefront of leading innovation in statistics and data science. But one area that’s not commonly discussed is how to build a successful business around R and open-source? In episode 30 of the R-Podcast, I am very excited to be joined by RStudio president Tareef Kawaf! We cover a wide variety of topics including his journey to RStudio, building a robust organization structure, and how an open-core model drives RStudio’s vision for the present and future. Plus you’ll hear how Tareef became the ‘T-Test’ within RStudio and how he earned the moniker of Mr. Shiny!

Show Notes


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Tareef Kawaf

Tareef Kawaf

Tareef Kawaf is a software executive with over twenty five years of experience in building product teams at early stage startups. He has led the development of products in the e-commerce, online video, and open source statistical analysis spaces. At RStudio he has helped create an organization that uses the open core model to build a sustainable business that contributes more than 50% of its engineering to free and open source software. Tareef is passionate about RStudio’s vision of the positive impact that free and open source software can have on transforming decision making around the world and the opportunities it can unlock for communities that didn’t have access to these tools in the past.


Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz is a principal research scientist at a large life sciences company, creating innovative analytical pipelines and capabilities supporting study designs and analyses. Outside of his day job, Eric is passionate about connecting with the R community as the creator/host of the R-Podcast, Shiny Developer Series, and a curator / podcast host for the R Weekly project. Plus, he likes to share his adventures with R and general computing on Twitch livestreams at twitch.tv/rpodcast.