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How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists

Data scientist might be considered the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” with many companies eager to hire data science talent. But 20 years ago the term was barely used, save for a few academic articles.<p>Even a decade ago, explaining data science to employers was challenging. Few people understood …

Data Science

Short on data-science know-how? Booz Allen's Sailfish platform aims to help

All the world may revolve around data, but if you can't make sense of it, all the data in the world won't do you much good.<p>Booz Allen Hamilton hopes to help with a new platform called Sailfish that's aimed specifically at companies short on the high-level data-science skills that have traditionally …

Data science firm Black Swan lands $4.3 million for U.S. and Japanese expansion

Black Swan, a tech and data science firm based in London, has received £3m (about $4.3 million) in funding in a round led by Mitsui.<p>According to a statement, the company will use the newly procured funds to further develop NEST — its proprietary data unification platform — and to expand into the …

Want to be the next Tim Berners-Lee? Consider a data science master's

The new MSCs in data science are tapping into the current information explosion. After all, big data is of little use without skilled people to make use of it<p>Every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation up until 2003, according to Eric Schmidt, executive …

Cleaning Big Data: Most Time-Consuming, Least Enjoyable Data Science Task, Survey Says

A new survey of data scientists found that they spend most of their time massaging rather than mining or modeling data. Still, most are happy with having the sexiest job of the 21st century. The survey of about 80 data scientists was conducted for the second year in a row by CrowdFlower, provider …

Data Science

What Hiring Managers Don't Understand About Hiring for Data Science

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At The Data Incubator, I’ve spoken to hundreds of employers looking to hire data scientists -- particularly those with advanced degrees. With all the hype surrounding big data these days, it’s unsurprising that there’s as much …

Data Science

Thoughts on Data Science

A high level look at some data science fundamentals that I've gleaned from years in the space at Lexalytics.

Market Insights: How to Develop Data Science Expertise

In many market insights teams, the typical researcher will probably have a good grounding in statistics along with having studied consumer behavior, …

Can People Analytics Revolutionize Your Organization? - Center for Creative Leadership

The age of data is upon us. In all facets of work and life, big data is changing what we know and how quickly we know it.<p>In business, “people …

IT career roadmap: How to become a data scientist

A data scientist is one of the most in-demand, high-profile careers in IT today, but Tom Walsh and Alex Krowitz have been working behind the scenes …

6 Ways to Make More Mindful Money Decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>So you say you’re committed to making 2015 the year that you’ll be unveiling a new-and-improved you.<p>You’ve pledged to stop inhaling gelato by the pint, and you’ll hit the elliptical three times—a week.<p>Another important resolution to consider tacking onto …

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. Booming public equities and a recovered IPO market generated record portfolio company exits and distributions from VC funds. The industry realized its highest returns since the Internet boom.<p>Yet 2013 annual industry performance …

The 9 Things You Should Never Do When Pitching Investors

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Pitching investors, customers and vendors can scare even the most confident of entrepreneurs. It can be a petrifying experience talking about your passion project in front of people that may not be as enthused as you are. So …

Entrepreneurship

FundersClub’s New “Partnerships” Let You Start A Venture Capital Fund Or Invest In One

FundersClub democratized angel investing with its equity crowdfunding marketplace. Two years later, it wants to do the same for launching a fund or being a limited partner by licensing out its backend system for legally doing venture deals and transferring cash. Its new feature, called …

Ambition and uncertainty as Bitcoin experiment nears

A student group plans to give $100 to every undergraduate, while faculty watch with interest<p>July 17, 2014<p>Dan Elitzer and Jeremy Rubin of the MIT …

The 11 Cities With The Most Opportunity Right Now

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has a comprehensive new ranking of 30 cities in the world that offer the widest opportunities for businesses and the people who live there.<p>PwC's sixth edition of its "Cities of Opportunity" report examined intellectual capital and innovation; technology readiness; how …

Need VC Cash? Find A Big Market With A Big Problem

For many entrepreneurs the ways of venture capital investors have all the transparency of a mystery wrapped up in enigma. What’s not in doubt is that VC funds have the resources to provide transformational funding at levels that wouldn’t normally be available from a bank or angel investor. But if …

Are enterprise tech VC valuations on their way down?

FORTUNE — The private markets typically follow the public markets on the way up, and also follow them on the way down. And that seems to be what …

How To Draft A Startup Team That's Ready For The VC League

In the fall of 2013, the founders of Docalytics were looking for seed funding. The company’s product—a document viewer that lets companies track how prospective customers engage with sales and marketing content—caught the eyes of several investors, and the Minnesota software start-up closed its …

The Top 10 VC Deals of 2013

1 min read<p>Software kept its grip on venture capital deal-flow for 2013, according to The MoneyTree Report. But a closer look at the top 10 deals show companies like Pinterest have the incremental power to change the game. Andreessen Horowitz led two major rounds of funding into the web company, …

Venture Capital

The art of getting a VC to say yes

Entrepreneurs should know that venture capitalists are, by definition, going to say no to the majority of investment opportunities they review. A look at the numbers says it all; according to data from Passion Capital, of the 2,000 business plans it received in a year, 35 investments were made – a …

What Being a VC Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The startup world has a lot of movers and shakers. You know the people that jump from advisors to entrepreneurs to VCs and back again. I am no different.<p>Before founding Earnest, a merit-based lending company, I had the good …

Entrepreneurship

VC Tim Draper Won The Government Bitcoin Auction, Will Bring Liquidity To Emerging Markets

According to bitcoin exchange Vaurum founder Avish Bhama, VC Tim Draper won all 30,000 BTC in the recent government auction.<p>It is believed he paid above the current market rate for BTC. The price of one BTC is now up $5 to $645.<p>Draper and Bhama intend to use the hoard to allow emerging markets to …

VC deals are down, but VC deal sizes are WAY up

No, it’s not your imagination. Venture capitalists are paying more for startups. Much more. And they also have a lot of new funds from which to …

How Minority Founders Overcame the Challenge of Finding VC Investors

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Tristan Walker is CEO of personal grooming company Walker and Co. The affable thirtysomething has the shiny resume one expects of a startup founder. College valedictorian, Stanford MBA, Boston Consulting Group and stints at tech …

Venture Capital

VC funding hits $13.88B in Q2, highest point since 2001

The money is flowing in the venture capital world.<p>In the second quarter of 2014, an extraordinary $13.88 billion was invested across 974 deals, according to a new report by venture capital database CB Insights. That means VC spending during the quarter was leaps and bounds higher than quarters past …

Venture Capital

Kent Goldman launches 'Upside," a new type of VC firm

Back in February, we reported that Kent Goldman was stepping down as a partner with First Round Capital, in order to launch a seed-stage investment …

Bitcoin is like the early Internet, minus the VC money

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Bitcoin is the hottest investing trend since the Internet, according to venture capitalists who have sung its praises. But …

Silk Road