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– by Elizabeth on December 31, 2021

Deepnote's Year in Review: 2021

It’s the last day of the year! Here’s a recap of how the Deepnote team, community and product evolved in 2021. We wish you happy holidays, and a great start to 2022!

The Deepnote team

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This year, we’ve doubled in size and welcomed amazing engineers, designers, researchers and operators. We are now all over the world, but mostly in San Francisco and Prague.

If you’re looking for a change in 2022, check out our openings - we’re hiring across engineering, marketing and product growth. If you don’t see a role that would be the perfect fit, reach out anyway at work@deepnote.com - we’re always looking for people that are kind, curious and excited about our mission of helping data teams do their best work.

The community

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In 2021, our community has grown to over 4,700 community members across 12 timezones. We’ve built a ton of educational content, held 5 community competitions and a number of webinars and events, like our Deepnote for Education conference. We are infinitely grateful to every one of you that contributes back to the community by asking questions, showcasing your projects and wins and sharing what you’ve learnt with others.

You’re welcome to join in on the fun - don’t forget Deepnote is always free for individuals, small teams, communities, educators and students.

Key product developments

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In 2021, the key themes of our product development were improving our collaborative interface for data teams, doubling down on integrations so that Deepnote plays well with the rest of your stack, making SQL the first-class citizen of Deepnote and finally, enabling teams to easily present their work and build notebooks into interactive data apps and dashboards.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve built in 2021:

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Let’s take a closer look at some of these developments.

Deepnote for Teams

In June, we launched Deepnote for Teams so that anyone can experience the collaborative power of Teams for free. Our Starter plan now allows you to create a Team for free with up to 3 collaborators. For inspiration on how our customers of all sizes - from Gusto to Discord - use the collaborative power of Deepnote, take a look at our case studies.

Teams benefit from shared data workspaces, resources and knowledge management. You can organize your knowledge in one place - discover the work of others on your team, label your projects using categories, build templates that can be easily duplicated, get a quick overview of running projects and more.

Learn more here.

SQL in notebooks

Deepnote combines SQL, Python and no-code charts into a single platform, so that you deliver impactful insights. With SQL blocks, you can directly query your Snowflake, Redshift, BigQuery, MySQL, Athena and Postgres database connections. Throughout the year, we’ve been improving this feature and added the ability to query CSV files and dataframes using SQL.

When you run SQL queries, you can assign and store resulting dataframes in a variable to use further in your analysis. This improves the interplay between SQL and Python in notebooks, and boosts your flow. Moreover, you can use advanced templating blocks inside of SQL - such as for loops and if conditional statements.

See the demo.

Data apps & dashboards

We all know that notebooks are great for exploring your data, prototyping and building the proof of concept for your analytical work. In 2021, we took that one step further - you can now take the work you've done, and transform it into interactive articles, dashboards and data apps in just a couple of clicks. All with no deployment work necessary, your point-and-click apps are easy to publish, adjust and maintain.

Learn more about publishing here.

Using this feature, you can:

  • Build powerful self-serve dashboards for end users of your data projects
  • Deploy interactive data apps from your browser in seconds with no setup, code or maintenance overhead
  • Publish and share your work with increased security using our granular access permissions
  • Build trust in data assets through better accessibility
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You can combine your published projects in your very own Deepnote profile. Your profile tells the story of your work through notebooks you've published and liked. Check out this one from Abid.

Reactive notebooks

It’s too easy to create a non-reproducible notebook with out-of-order execution. Reactivity address some of these issues head on - your cells are always ran from top to bottom and there's no hidden states (think Excel). Reactive notebooks also help you adopt best practices, make edits to your variables during an already-running execution, iterate more quickly, and be sure that your notebook is always up to date. When you work on computationally-heavy tasks, need to optimize for time and control the flow, you can always execute your cells one by one.

Learn more about reactivity in notebooks.

What's next?

We’re excited to build more things that delight you, help you collaborate with others and make your data work more productive. That means improved Teams experience, more integrations and some exciting announcements coming as early as February. We hope you join us on the ride!

Happy New Year from the entire Deepnote team! 💙✨
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