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Pursuing a Passion…

2012 December 21
by Ben Jones

Entering Seattle

In the New Year, I’ll be heading to the Pacific Northwest with my family to join the Tableau Software team in Seattle as the Tableau Public product marketing manager. This is a chance for me to team up with fellow data viz enthusiasts who have created a product and a community that I have benefited from over the past year and a half. Like many, I’ve found Tableau Public to be a resource that allows me to easily “tell stories with data on the web”. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Why I’m excited about this move:

  • The product – From the time Alex Kerin first recommended I download Tableau Public two years ago to the Iron Viz competition stage this past November, I’ve been advocating this tool. I was impressed from the beginning by how functional this free product is, and I’m looking forward to helping spread the message as an employee.
  • The users – I’ve made many connections with users of this product, and they are all talented, passionate and helpful. They get it – they see the opportunity to set insights free from tables and databases, and they’re good at it.
  • The company – The company is on a mission I can get behind – helping people “see and understand their data” – one of the greatest opportunities of our time. And the people that work there have been a pleasure to interact with online and in person.
  • The area – Washington will be a great adventure for me, my wife Sarah and my two boys, Aaron (9) and Simon (7). We plan to explore the Pacific Northwest together, and we’ll take to the trails, mountains and lakes that this part of the world has to offer.

What can you expect from DataRemixed?

More of the same! I’ll keep using this blog to share vizzes, how-to’s, and various projects in data visualization and analytics. This field is growing fast, and the amount of things to learn and share is increasing at every turn. You’ll also start to see my name on some of the Tableau Public blog posts, newsletters and other online content.


First, a special thanks to my leaders and colleagues at Medtronic Diabetes for the opportunities, the challenges, and the inspiration over the past eight years. You are on a mission to improve the lives of patients with a chronic disease, and data visualization is a huge part of that mission.

Second, to all – thanks for all your visits and comments in 2012. And now, on to 2013, on to Seattle, and on to Tableau!

Happy Holidays,


20 Responses leave one →
  1. December 21, 2012

    Congratulations! Tableau is gaining a great resource and I look forward to seeing what you’re able to help create for the Tableau community!

    • December 21, 2012

      Thanks for your kind words Jonathan! If my contribution is a fraction of yours, we’ll be in good shape!

  2. December 21, 2012

    Congrats! Looking forward to all the great stuff you’re going to undoubtedly put out in the coming year. Happy Holidays!

    • December 21, 2012

      Thanks Ben! From, the other Tableau-using-Ben-from-Southern-California :)

  3. December 21, 2012

    Congrats Ben! We’re excited for you and what a great way to kick off 2013.

  4. December 21, 2012


    Congratulations! Best wishes! Good Luck! Enjoy Seattle!

  5. December 21, 2012

    Congrats Ben. Best wishes for you in this new position. Happy Holidays and successful 2013.

  6. December 21, 2012

    Good luck Ben! It’ll be great to have another contact on the inside.

  7. Francois Ajenstat permalink
    December 23, 2012

    woo hoo! Looking forward to having you on the team.

  8. Alex Kerin permalink
    December 24, 2012

    Congrats Ben! Nice job (literally). My memory is so bad – when did we first talk about Tab Public?

    • December 24, 2012

      Hi Alex- not surprised you don’t remember. Back in early 2011, I emailed you out of the blue, a complete stranger, wanting to talk with you on the phone about your Protovis dashboard. You humored me, and at the end of a 1/2 hour conversation about Protovis, you said “actually, I recommend you try Tableau first.” That was a few months before I launched this blog…

      • Alex Kerin permalink
        December 24, 2012

        Hah, yes I do remember that. Funny how small things shape our lives, the smallest twists. Good job I wasn’t grumpy that day. Happy Holidays.

  9. Jim DeRose permalink
    December 27, 2012

    Congratulations on this exciting change for you and your family! Although we’ve not worked together on projects recently at Medtronic, I have learned much from you and still consider you a mentor. I hadn’t heard about Tableau Public so will have to check that out. Best wishes to you on this new challenge, I’m sure you will make the most of it.

    • December 27, 2012

      Hi Jim – thanks for the kind words, and it was great catching up with you last week! When you are in the area, you will have to look me up and we’ll schedule a hike together. That panoramic photograph of the High Sierras that you posted in the office a number of years ago inspired me to hit the trails! All the best, and let me know if you have any questions about Tableau.

  10. January 1, 2013

    Best of luck Ben. I’m sure you will make a significant contribution!

  11. Kyle Garrett permalink
    January 3, 2013

    That’s great. Congrats!

  12. Jeff Rice permalink
    January 4, 2013

    Congratulations! Nice to see you’re moving up to Seattle and Tableau! Hopefully we can meet up for drinks in the next few weeks!

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