The following are a few Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on
starting back in January of 2015 (yeah, this is NOT a statistically
significant sample)....some for "old times sake" because I knew the founding
team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust their
venture capital partners, and some because they inspire me with an
application of the technology that is meaningful (I'm tired of hearing about
yet another "Big Data Platform").
Founder(s): Christopher Nguyen, Mike Bui, Tony Do
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA
Type of business: Data Intelligence for All
Adatao is Big Data 2.0, enabling the convergence of business intelligence,
data science and machine learning directly on top of big data. Adatao is
leading the Big Data 2.0 charge by making it easy for business users, data
scientists and engineers to co... (more)
What do you get when you combine Big Data technologies….like Pig and
Hive? A flying pig?
No, you get a “Logical Data Warehouse”.
My general prediction is that Cloudera and Hortonworks are both aggressively
moving to fulfilling a vision which looks a lot like Gartner’s “Logical
Data Warehouse”….namely, “the next-generation data warehouse that
improves agility, enables innovation and responds more efficiently to
changing business requirements.”
In 2012, Infochimps (now CSC) leveraged its early use of stream processing,
NoSQLs, and Hadoop to create a design pattern which combined r... (more)
Internet of Things – Definitions & Predictions
Remember the days when we were debating the definition of "Cloud"? That was
as recent as 2009. Fast forward to 2014 and we're facing the same ambiguities
with the Internet of Things (or IoT).
It's a market that is as big or bigger than Cloud. IDC expects the overall
market for IoT to grow at a 12.5% CAGR from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.0
trillion in 2020. IDC also forecasts that there will be approximately 30
billion autonomous thingsattached to the Internet in 2020, which serve as the
catalyst driving this significant revenue oppor... (more)
Lou Gerstner became president of American Express in 1985 at the age of 43.
He dismissed the speculation that his success was the product of being a
workaholic. Gerstner said, “I hear that, and I can’t accept that. A
workaholic can’t take vacations, and I take four weeks a year.”
As I write this, I’m in Wyoming with the family enjoying Yellowstone and
Jackson Hole thinking, “Can I somehow achieve the level of impact of Lou
Gerstner with the right work-life balance?” What keeps people from having
to cancel vacations, modifying schedules to take budget calls, or work while
the fam... (more)
“Dad, if my character dies in the game, would I die in the real world?”
What a beautifully naive question that my son, Trevor, asked me during a
son-dad conversation about how games might change over the years.
Earlier last year, Mattel’s CEO, Bryan Stockton, was fired. After three
years, it was clear that Mattel was continuing to be challenged with sales
weakness, and lower gross margins, which drove down shareholder value.
As parents, we ALL know that it’s a very competitive toy aisle, and our
kids are much different than we were at their age.
Mattel’s toys haven’t been “good eno... (more)