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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Marc Alacqua CEO and Steve Davis CTO of Signafire (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 15th 2018

Complex search queries remains a tricky arena. Read on to learn more.

Sramana Mitra: If you could provide us with some background about yourself as well as Signafire to start us off, that would be great.

Marc Alacqua: I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of Signafire. Steve Davis is one of my partners and also Co-Founder. I come from the military world. The origins of our company are from that world. I’m an ex-army officer and worked in special operations. Signafire was born out of the post-9/11 world where there was a mandate in the intelligence world to break down the silos of data across various >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Periscope CEO, Harry Glaser (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 22nd 2018

Harry says, there are nothing but open problems in his space, and highlights some of them! Read on to see what may warrant a new company.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Periscope.

Harry Glaser: I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of Periscope Data. Periscope is about five years old. We now have about a thousand customers and we make a platform for data professionals. That’s teams of data analysts, data scientists, and data engineers. We bring those folks together and enable them to really accelerate and turbo charge the kinds of analysis that they >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Instaclustr CEO Peter Nichol (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 4th 2017

Peter provides some excellent insights into open problems around which new entrepreneurs can build companies.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself as well as Instaclustr to our audience.

Peter Nichol: I’m the CEO of Instaclustr. I’ve been CEO and various other positions in the technology industry for nearly 30 years. I’m based in Silicon Valley. Instaclustr is a company that was founded in Australia in 2013 about four years ago. We focus on providing Database-as-a-Service to our customers with a specific focus on not just open source technology starting with Cassandra but >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Chris Astle, CEO of QSR (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 24th 2017

A point of view on Big Data from Australia.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as QSR. Please set some context for us.

Chris Astle: Thank you for inviting me to participate. I’m the CEO of QSR International. QSR International is a software publisher of a product called NVivo. We provide software that helps organizations look at the human aspects of their data and help them to understand the insights that make decisions powerful. Our business is 30 years young. We originally came out of a university here in Australia. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Paul Nelson, Chief Architect at Search Technologies (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 14th 2017

This discussion highlights a set of open problems in Big Data.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Search Technologies.

Paul Nelson: I’m the Chief Architect for Search Technologies. Search Technologies is a global search engine and Big Data firm. We specialize in search engines, search engine installation, and anything related to data processing. We have some 200 consultants around the world, and we also do a bit of product development usually to fill in key missing components in the industry. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Ten-X VP of Data Products, Sheridan Hitchens (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 14th 2017

This discussion focuses on Big Data in the real estate industry.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and Ten-X.

Sheridan Hitchens: I’ve been in the industry for about 20 years. I started off my career with Procter & Gamble. I was in strategy consulting for a long while. For the last 12 years, I’ve been in the Internet space, primarily in leading product and data groups.

For the last five years, I’ve been heading up our data products group at Ten-X, formerly called That >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Ashish Sharma, Principal at Axtria (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 7th 2017

Ashish focuses on Big Data in Life Sciences.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Axtria.

Ashish Sharma: Thanks for the opportunity. Axtria is a global Big Data analytics company. Our main focus is around the life sciences and financial services industries. In those two focus areas, we empower them to optimize their business strategies or their investments by optimizing their investment around both Big Data and advanced analytics. >>>

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5 Thought Leaders in Big Data

Posted on Thursday, Oct 6th 2016


Today the significant opportunities for entrepreneurship currently exist in the application layer of the Big Data industry. The platforms and plumbing are already in place.

The most exciting opportunities are going to be available to those entrepreneurs who harness the power of big data, but couple it with intense domain knowledge in specific areas of business. These five thought leaders are good examples of how to do that.


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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Mike Driscoll, CEO of Metamarkets (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 27th 2016

Marketing technologies are hot these days, and Metamarkets is doing some cutting edge analytics in the media buying area. Very interesting.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to Metamarkets and yourself.

Mike Driscoll: I’m the CEO and Founder of Metamarkets. We are a SaaS software platform that provides interactive analytics to the roles of leading programmatic media buying companies like AOL and Twitter. These companies use us to provide interactive analytics both internally and to buyers and sellers on their digital advertising markets. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Krishna Venkatraman, Senior Vice President of Analytics at OnDeck (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 19th 2016

The online lending industry is going through rapid changes with the advent of big data and machine learning in processing loan applications. Krishna discusses OnDeck’s workings.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with talking a bit about yourself in setting some context, and also introduce our audience to what OnDeck is doing in the realm of Big Data.

Krishna Venkatraman: Let me tell you a bit about myself. I joined OnDeck in October of 2013 as the leader for the data analytics organisation. I hadn’t really heard of OnDeck until I first talked to them. I found their value proposition fascinating. There was this huge unmet need among small businesses when they were looking for capital. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Scott Zoldi, Chief Analyst Officer at FICO (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, May 23rd 2016

Have you noticed that your credit card sometimes declines transactions or flags fraud alerts? This conversation will help you understand the backstory of that workflow and potentially trigger other ideas in that domain.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to yourself as well as to FICO.

Scott Zoldi: I’m the Chief Analyst Officer at FICO. I’ve been with FICO for 17 years. Today I have responsibility for all the analytics products and technologies that we use within our products. FICO, as a company, is 60 years old, and is well known for the analytics that we deliver to make better decisions for companies. The main thing that we offer is the FICO score. It’s a score that’s used in lending decisions as well as fraud detection. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Mark Schwarz, VP of Data Sciences at Square Root (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Apr 21st 2016

Store management is going through transformation because of the data science. Read how the automobile sector is evolving.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning and introduce our audience to booth Square Root and yourself.

Mark Schwarz: We’re a software company based out of Austin that delivers software in the store relationship management space. The store relationship management space has to do with making field staff in retail environments the champions of their respective businesses, and dealing with specific accounts that they have such as managing a set of relationships both at the store and corporate level at the same time. As I said, we have a SaaS offering. We augment that data science team in two ways—by supporting the platform and by helping with specific consulting services when necessary. There are nine of us. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Greg Moran, CEO of OutMatch (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 25th 2016

Read how Big Data is influencing hiring.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to the company.

Greg Moran: Thanks for having me. I’m the CEO of OutMatch. We are a company that provides data analytics around the hiring and development of talent within large organisations primarily in retail, hospitality, and restaurant chains. We basically help organisations identify the patterns associated with great hires and what makes somebody uniquely successful for them. Then, we help them understand how they can screen and develop that person once they’re part of your team.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us a little bit about the company. Where are you located? What scale of a company are you? Is it a venture-funded company? >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Mikko Jarva, CTO of Comptel (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 27th 2015

Here, we discuss Big Data in the telecom industry.

Sramana Mitra: Why don’t we start with some introduction about yourself as well as your company?

Mikko Jarva: I represent Comptel Intelligence Data business unit as the CTO. Comptel is almost 30 years old. We are traditionally a provider of telco IT. We have launched a new product called Nexterday. Nexterday takes us beyond software and also helps us in telco to move from Big Data towards intelligent data, and move from traditional buying experience towards digital buying experience, and help monetize more.

Sramana Mitra: When you say you represent Comptel’s intelligence work, what does that work entail? What do you do? What kind of Big Data work does Comptel do?

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: PubMatic CTO Anand Das and VP Engineering Sri Gopalsamy (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Oct 9th 2015

Publishers are using Big Data and machine learning to optimize what ads to put in front of their audience. This discussion delves into the depths of that process, and also explores open problems in that world.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing you to the audience. Tell us about yourself as well as about PubMatic.

Sri Gopalsamy: I joined recently as the VP Engineering heading the Big Data and machine learning area. I joined the company about two months ago. Andy is one of our co-founders. He has been with the company since the beginning so he has a lot more context around company introduction. My role here is to drive the entire Big Data and real-time data analytics at PubMatic.

I manage a team of Big Data analytics engineers who are building the platform and innovating in the core area of data analytics, natural language processing, real-time analytics, and machine learning. At PubMatic, we view Big Data processing as the key differentiator in helping us grow. I have over 20 years of industry experience. I spend many years in the leadership level with Walmart Global E-commerce. I was heading all of >>>

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