data analytics

  • Disqus lays off 11 as it plans a deeper focus on data

    Disqus lays off 11 as it plans a deeper focus on data

    Some downsizing and refocusing is underway at Disqus, the startup incubated at Y-Combinator that became an early mover in the business of offering a plug-in to help online publishers manage comments on stories. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company has laid of 11 people, about 20 percent of its small staff, as it prepares to shift its business deeper into data services… Read More

  • SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    A startup called SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm. Cancer, respiratory problems, dermatitis from skin exposure to hazardous substances, and health problems from high levels of exposure to noise and vibrations are among the occupational safety and… 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

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Sternlicht back Qloo, a cultural recommendation engine

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Sternlicht back Qloo, a cultural recommendation engine

    Qloo Inc. closed a $4.5 million Series A round of venture funding to support the growth of its cultural recommendation engine. Investors included: Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio; Starwood Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht; Pierre Lagrange of GLG Partners; and Adriaan Ligtenberg’s AllMobile Fund, along with other individual angel investors. According to the… Read More

  • Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball! Crunch Network

    Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball!

    While it seems the term has been around baseball forever, the concept of “moneyball” – coined to describe the Oakland Athletics’ approach to building competitive teams despite being hamstrung with one of the sport’s lowest payrolls – entered the popular lexicon with Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, in 2003 (followed by the… Read More

  • Bringing data to urban governance Crunch Network

    Bringing data to urban governance

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Flowers in his new role as a What Works Cities (WWC) Senior Fellow. As a What Work Cities Senior Fellow, Flowers will oversee a new Analytics Kick Start Program run by WWC partner the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx). He will also hold workshops with city leaders and help facilitate the development of a… Read More

  • Netflix: The Force Awakens Crunch Network

    Netflix: The Force Awakens

    I’ve argued in the past that Netflix will have the last laugh — that its success with content production will soon rival and surpass traditional TV networks and movie studios. Now I’m more convinced than ever. Ironically, it’s a smear campaign spearheaded by NBC to undermine Netflix that has reinforced my opinion. Read More

  • Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance Crunch Network

    Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance

    Data ethics is a subject our industry has largely ignored, avoided and failed to acknowledge as important. This neglect is almost certainly caused by fear — fear that examining the question would expose us as doing wrong; fear that ethics might stifle innovation; fear that the ethical questions are insoluble and intractable. Read More

  • Singaporean Data Analytics Startup TookiTaki Raises $1M To Expand In Asia Pacific

    Singaporean Data Analytics Startup TookiTaki Raises $1M To Expand In Asia Pacific

    TookiTaki, a Singaporean data analytics startup, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Rebright Partners and Blume Ventures. The capital will be used to expand its software platform into new markets in Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Read More

  • Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check Crunch Network

    Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

    Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to ‘jump’ but her intuition says ‘stay’? Read More