data analytics

  • 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

  • Regard Is An Analytics Startup That Says Asking Users For Data Is Better Than Taking Everything

    Regard Is An Analytics Startup That Says Asking Users For Data Is Better Than Taking Everything

    The dream of big data has led to the nightmare of mass surveillance. But perhaps there’s a better way to gather intelligence from user data: namely with consent. The four-man Cambridge, UK-based team behind a new product called Regard, certainly believe so. They’ve set out to build a new kind of analytics platform which puts openness and transparency at its core. Read More

  • Data Discovery Technology Nets DataPad $1.7 Million

    Data Discovery Technology Nets DataPad $1.7 Million

    Take a guy who literally wrote the book on Python programming tools and add some of venture capital’s top investors and you have the recipe for DataPad, a new data discovery technology vendor that just raised $1.7 million. DataPad was founded in 2013 by Wes McKinney, who wrote “Python for Data Analysis” (believe me, it’s apparently a big deal among Python programmers)… Read More