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With Seed-stage venture capital plentiful, choosing and managing investors wisely is more critical than ever

<i>By Ranjith Kumaran, PunchTab founder and YouSendIt co-founder</i><p>When advising early-stage companies looking to raise venture capital, I almost always …

Why Palantir nearly doubled its new funding round with $107M raise

When Palantir engineer Ari Gesher spoke at VentureBeat’s DataBeat/Data Science Summit event last week, he talked about how the company has donated software and talent to mine and speedily make sense of many kinds of data for social good. He cited the company’s collaboration with a team of veterans …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Alpine Data Labs Closes $16M Series B Financing, Accelerates Momentum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Nov 22, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Alpine Data Labs, the leader in Advanced Analytics Software for Big Data and Hadoop, …

How Retailers Use Big Data To Spot Hot Shopping Trends

In my previous post, I talked about how the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the world’s first shopping malls, was a surprising case study in the use of Big Data. Over time, rug merchants learned how to ask questions that provide unexpected insights into their customers. This type of pattern …

Top Three Big Data Startups at Strata

There are hundreds of vendors exhibiting at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City this week. Some of them have big names, like …

What Is Big Data? (Moneyball for geeks?)

by Greg Satell<p>Big data is like Moneyball for geeks. The term itself is so innately exciting that it made the leap from neologism to buzzword in a …

Presto | Distributed SQL Query Engine for Big Data

What is Presto?<p>Presto is an open source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytic queries against data sources of all sizes …

Granify Raises $1.5 Million To Help Drive E-Commerce Transactions With Big Data

While more and more people are doing their shopping online, converting them from virtual window shoppers to actual customers can be incredibly hard. Typical e-commerce conversion rates can be surprisingly low, but a startup called Granify believes that it can help increase conversions by using big …

9 Ways to Build Confidence in Big Data

Whether you need to deliver trusted information to a data warehouse, get a 360 degree view of your customers, or put big data to work for your …

Facebook Invented Some Cool Big Data Software And Just Gave It Away For Free

Today Facebook said it's releasing software called "Presto" as a free and open source project. Presto allows people to ask questions (in geek speak called "queries") of huge databases and get the answers back immediately, not hours or days later).<p>With over 1 billion users, Facebook has such a huge …

Where to Find and Access Big Data

Big data is becoming an integral part of solving the world's problems. It's improving transportation and power consumption in cities, making our …

Big Business from Big Data

“Dad, how many mobile phones were sold last year in the whole world?”<p>“Is this a trick question? Well, there are about 7 billion human beings on earth. Assuming every…”<p>“No, no—give me a number.”<p>“Well, I am not 100 percent sure. How many do you think were sold?”<p>“1.75 billion.”<p>“How do you …

Reclaim your personal data

Unlock the Value of Your Personal Data<p>Introducing the world's first personal data marketplace<p>You've got data, we've got connections<p>Datacoup makes it …

It's Your Data — But Others Are Making Billions Off It

It’s hard to mandate laws around privacy. Privacy is a right as well as a preference, but when you’re in public, precedents have been set as to where …

Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Data Elite, an early-stage venture fund and incubator, launched today in San Francisco with the aim of providing six-figure investments, free office space and expert coaching to big data startups.<p>The parties involved in the so-called …

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13 Industries that Tech Founders Should Watch

Savvy founders don’t just focus on iterating their own products – they look to other industries and niches for inspiration and opportunity as well. Whether you’re looking for new ways to scale growth or simply trying to figure out where the competition’s headed, staying nimble is key.<p>To find out …

5 Startup Copywriting Tips to Entice Customers

When you’re running a startup, it’s easy to get bogged down working on your product. Adding a killer feature, managing customer support — it all …

You, too, can be a startup millionaire (or failure) with SEC’s proposed crowdfunding rules

Soon, common folk like you and me will be able to invest in the startup (or small business) next door.<p>The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday voted unanimously to propose regulations for equity crowdfunding, which will enable unaccredited U.S. investors to invest in startups and …

Y Combinator Startups Now Have A Combined Valuation Of $13.7 Billion, Up $2 Billion Since June

In a conversation at the GMIC mobile conference this week, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham gave the most recent stats on the seed stage incubator. Of the 511 companies that had passed through YC prior to its most recent Summer 2013 class, 306 had valuations tied to them. The total value of …

BigML turns its cloud prediction engine toward text

BigML, a machine-learning-based cloud service that lets users generate statistical predictions from their complex data, has revamped the service to …

Susan Athey: How Big Data Changes Business Management

The Stanford economist explains how troves of digital data will reshape competition.<p>The explosion in digital data allows managers to measure and know …

New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less)

There’s a new web tool called Raw that makes it really easy to do some advanced visualizations on data in just a few minutes. (Hat tip to Nathan Yau …

How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data

When subatomic particles smash together at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, they create showers of new particles whose signatures are …

Hadoop 2: Big data's big leap forward

The new Hadoop is nothing less than the Apache Foundation's attempt to create a whole new general framework for the way big data can be stored, …

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends. Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic …