big data

  • Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program

    Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program

    Big data is hardly new at this point — nor has it wrought anywhere near its potential effects on many companies and institutions insulated by inertia and red tape. A summer program at the University of Washington called Data Science for Good shows that fresh eyes and good code can make more in 10 weeks than some have done in as many years. Read More

  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding Crunch Network

    Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the four year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the amount… Read More

  • Is big data in big trouble? Crunch Network

    Is big data in big trouble?

    We recently saw two critical developments in the big data and analytics space. Tableau released earnings and missed their forecast by $0.05; their stock dropped 5 percent. Then Hortonworks announced a revenue miss that sent the stock into a downward spiral. What’s going on with the business intelligence and Hadoop space? Read More

  • NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    One of the few remaining universal truths is that healthcare costs are too high. Insurance companies are bucking under the pressure from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and they are willing to try almost anything if it means reducing costs. With a shiny $8.5 million Series A from Norwest Venture Partners, NextHealth will be making that exact promise of reducing healthcare costs to U.S. Read More

  • Big data’s humble beginnings Crunch Network

    Big data’s humble beginnings

    Clicks. Once upon a time they were the most powerful tool in assessing online ad performance. A humble beginning, but much has changed. The data-driven measurement and predictive analytics technologies that launched adtech and expanded to marketing are now being applied to nearly everything — and yet, it’s easy to forget the road that led here. Read More

  • BloomReach wants to deliver meaningful data directly to online merchandizers

    BloomReach wants to deliver meaningful data directly to online merchandizers

    BloomReach has always been about helping online retailers maximize their revenue algorithmically by adjusting content in an automated fashion based on what it knows about the visitor and his or her preferences. In the latest release announced today, the company builds on this by offering data and analytics to help human merchandizers make better daily decisions about how to optimize their… Read More

  • Latest Amazon Elastic MapReduce release supports 16 Hadoop projects

    Latest Amazon Elastic MapReduce release supports 16 Hadoop projects

    Amazon announced the release of Elastic MapReduce (EMR) 5.0.0 today, which includes, among other things, support for 16 open source Hadoop projects. As AWS continues to hone its various tools to help customers manage myriad enterprise functions in the cloud, this latest one is aimed at data scientists and other interested parties looking to manage big data projects with Hadoop. For those… Read More

  • NSF dedicates $35 million to improving software used in science and education

    NSF dedicates $35 million to improving software used in science and education

    Big data is more important than ever in just about every scientific discipline — and the data is bigger than ever, too. To help manage that data and get it into the hands of scientists and students, the National Science Foundation is putting $35 million towards a pair of software institutes that will build the tools necessary for 21st-century research. Read More

  • Big data integrator Talend pops 54% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M

    Big data integrator Talend pops 54% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M

    French-American big data startup Talend made its debut as a public company today with a pop. After pricing its shares at $18 last night (above the expected range of $15-$17), the company began trading on Nasdaq under the ticker TLND at $27.66, up 54 percent on its IPO price, giving the company an implied valuation of $537 million. However, in the immediate hour after opening, the… Read More

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