Lars Olrik is the group chief executive officer of Verdande, and Joanne Kinsella is the company’s chief executive officer of financial services. The company specializes in early problem detection and prevention, driving its insights from data applying big data technologies. In this interview, Joanne and Lars talk about the oil & gas, healthcare, and financial services sectors and how Verdande helps companies in these industries prevent all kinds of problems from happening by comparing current and historical data. Furthermore, they see the potential to work with entrepreneurs who are building on top of their platform.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by setting the context of your company. Tell us about the company, what customers you cater to, and what problems you solve.
Lars Olrik: As group CEO, I will deal with the company’s profile and what we do. And on the use cases, Jo will take care of the financial services side of the business. >>>
Patrick Taylor is the chief executive officer of Oversight Systems, a Continuous Transaction Analysis platform for big data that helps businesses make smarter decisions. In this interview Patrick talks about how Oversight Systems’ platform is used to detect fraud and internal security flaws. Furthermore, he describes the platform’s capability of resolving problems and finding new opportunities for businesses.
Sramana Mitra: Patrick, let’s start with some background about Oversight Systems. What do you do? What kind of target customers are you working with?
Patrick Taylor: There was a group of us in another company called Internet Security Systems. At Internet Security Systems, we had pioneered a concept called intrusion detection software. That is software that looks at network traffic to identify hackers – this is sort of an intruder alarm for hackers. >>>
Tim Minahan is senior vice president of network strategy and global marketing for Ariba, host of the largest business network on the planet. Tim has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise technology research and marketing. In this interview, Tim gives us insights into how Ariba helps businesses of all sizes connect with each other and explains in detail how the Ariba network operates on a global scale.
Sramana Mitra: Tim, let’s start with setting some context. Our audience knows Ariba. We also know that you have been acquired by SAP in the recent years. We covered Ariba in the past in quite a bit of detail. Could you set some context about what you are doing? >>>
Sandy Steier is the chief executive officer of 1010Data, the leading provider of cloud-based big data analytics. Sandy counts more than 25 years of experience in the industry and is known as one of the innovators behind the adoption of advanced analytics in the financial sector. In this interview Sandy gives us insights into 1010data’s problem solving capabilities, especially in the financial and retail sector, and he discuses his opinion of the current state of big data analytics.
Sramana Mitra: Sandy, let’s start with some context about 1010data. What do you guys do, who are your target customers and what scale are you operating at? >>>
Jim Swift is the chief executive officer of Cortera, a company that provides B2B solutions such as purchase behavior data and business monitoring solutions. Jim studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has many years of experience in database marketing. In this interview, Jim talks in detail about how Cortera provides companies with useful information to minimize risk and gives step-by-step insight for entrepreneurs on how to proceed when entering this space.
Sramana Mitra: Jim, tell us about Cortera. What do you do? What kind of customers do you have? What kind of technology do you use, and what kind of problems do you solve? >>>
Seth Redmore is the vice president of product management at Lexalytics, a company that provides an engine to convert unstructured text into structured data. In this interview Seth talks about how Lexalytics provides big data solutions for its customers, the direction of development Lexalytics is taking, and how the company is willing to work with startups to achieve its goals.
Sramana Mitra: Seth, let’s start with some context. Tell us about Lexalytics, what you do, who your customers are, and what value you provide so the audience knows whom we are talking to. >>>
Sasha Gilenson is the CEO and co-founder of Evolven, a leading company in IT Operations Analytics. Prior to Evolven, Sasha spent 13 years at Mercury Interactive, participating in the establishing of Mercury’s SaaS and BTO strategy. He studied at the London Business School and has more than 15 years of experience in IT operations. In this interview, Sasha talks about how Evolven solves issues in companies’ IT operations and gives insights into the history and future of big data.
Sramana Mitra: Sasha, let’s start with some context about Evolven. Tell us what you do, how long you have been in business, and what size your company is.
Jeremy Howard is president and chief scientist at Kaggle, and sits on the faculty at Singularity University. Previously, he founded FastMail (sold to Opera Software) and Optimal Decisions (sold to ChoicePoint, now called LexisNexis Risk Solutions). Prior to that he worked in management consulting, at McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney.
Jeremy’s passion is applying algorithms to data. Kaggle is the world’s largest community of data scientists – more than 75,000 at last count. Kaggle’s data scientists have solved some of the toughest problems for some of the world’s smartest organizations, including NASA, Merck, Ford, Allstate, and Wikipedia. At Singularity University, Jeremy teaches data science to the elite group of students who are awarded places to the graduate program.
At FastMail he used algorithms to automate nearly every part of the business – as a result the company only needed a total of three full-time staff, and got over a million signups. Optimal Decisions was a business built to commercialize a new algorithm he designed for the optimal pricing of insurance.
Oliver Downs is the SVP of data sciences at Globys, a big data analytics company based in Seattle, Washington, that processes billions of customer data transactions per day. In this interview Oliver talks about how Globys helps mobile operators leverage customer data and improve marketing campaigns.
Sramana Mitra: Oliver, let’s start with setting some context about Globys.
Oliver Downs: Globys is a big data analytics company that specializes in contextual marketing for mobile operators. We have two product offerings – first in contextual marketing and second in billing and reporting analytics for carriers. >>>
Andy Nibley is the CEO of Yieldex, an Internet advertising software firm. In this interview Andy talks about how Yieldex helps its customers achieve a higher return on their advertising expenditures and how the company applies big data analytics to achieve those goals. Furthermore, he gives insights as to how the market is developing and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in this space.
Sramana Mitra: Andy, let’s start with some context about Yieldex. What do you do? Who is the customer and what is the big data angle? >>>
Billy Bosworth is the CEO of DataStax, a big data company based in San Mateo, California. It provides a scalable, flexible big data platform built on Apache Cassandra. DataStax has more than 250 customers, including startups and several Fortune 100 companies. Billy got a degree in computer science from the University of Louisville and counts more than 22 years of experience in the database industry. In this interview, he talks about how DataStax provides a back-end data store to service its clients. He also lays out the different layers in the big data industry, providing interesting tips for entrepreneurs who wish to enter that space.
Sramana Mitra: Billy, let’s start by setting some context about DataStax. Tell us what you do and what the scope of your work is.
Billy Bosworth: At DataStax we have a database technology that helps people write the apps to transform their business. We are a big data company. >>>
John Plavan is the CEO, cofounder, and chariman of EarthRisk Technologies, a company that uses big data tools to create weather forecasts, especially in the fields of high and low temperatures. The special thing about EarthRisk systems is that they can create forecasts up to 30 or 40 days prior to any respective event, far more than traditional weather forecast systems. In this interview, John talks about the tools and systems EarthRisk uses to create its forecasts and how this affects the energy market. Further, he outlines potential opportunities for future entrepreneurs in this sector. >>>
Bill Simmons is a co-founder and currently the chief technology officer of DataXu, a digital marketing management firm that offers platforms and services for advertisers and agencies in order to increase their advertising efficiency and marketing ROI. Bill obtained a PhD in astronautics and aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before working for DataXu, Bill was engaged in developing and testing programs for space launch vehicles. He is known as one of the pioneers in real-time software and optimal system design. In this interview, Bill talks in detail about how DataXu helps its customers and processes billions of big data streams every day, and what kinds of opportunities there are for entrepreneurs who wish to start in this field.
Sramana Mitra: Bill, let’s start by introducing DataXu to our readers.
Bill Simmons: DataXu is a technology supplier to advertisers and agencies. We build a digital marketing management platform. What that means is we help advertisers and agencies manage their big data and put it to use to make their marketing more efficient. We have everything from data management to analytics and insight management platforms all the way down to media buying optimization technologies. >>>
Venkat Viswanathan is the founder and chief executive officer of LatentView Analytics, a predictive analytics and enterprise decision management services firm based in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. In this interview, Venkat talks about the role of LatentView in big data and about future trends in the industry from the perspective of India.
Sramana Mitra: Venkat, let’s start with some context about both you and LatentView, so that our readers understand where you are coming from – we want to know more about your perspective as what LatentView’s core competency is. >>>
Martin Smith is senior vice president of ad platforms and general manager of advertising technology company TruEffect. Martin has more than 29 years of technology experience in the U.S. and the U.K., having worked for Apple and for hardware and software provider Zones. In this interview Martin talks about how TruEffect uses big data to optimize advertising, his insights into how the market will develop over the next few years, and how consumer data will be used and administered in the future.
Sramana Mitra: Martin, let’s start with some context about TruEffect and you. Our audience would like to hear a little bit about the company. >>>