Big Data

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Intelligent Biz Investment
InsightSquared gets $13.5 million to continue growing its business intelligence platform
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There is an arms race going on in the business world similar to that in the sports world. Everyone wants to be bigger, faster, and stronger in terms of operations, technology, sales and marketing, and revenue. The key to it all is speed. And in business, that doesn't mean being able to run a 40-yard-dash in 4.15 seconds. It means having access to information fast, and, maybe most important, accurately. Read More
sick review
Yelp reviews and Twitter can track food poisoning sources, Harvard study finds
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On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip. “Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba's as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.” Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials. Read More
Mining for Future Talent
Big week for Big Data in Boston
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Earlier this week, hack/reduce announced a Big Data-focused college ambassador program, a joint effort with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. It was part of a bigger initiative this week that puts organizations working in the Big Data space, like hack/reduce, Microsoft, and Thomson Reuters, among others, in the spotlight. Read More
What stays in vegas
When casinos gather data, the customer also wins
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Personal data about customers is increasingly valuable to businesses, and casinos are among the most voracious data gatherers of them all. But unlike others, the gambling industry goes the extra mile to reward patrons for sharing their personal information. That’s one surprising lesson from “What Stays in Vegas,” a new book about how businesses everywhere—and the gambling and entertainment industry in particular—collect and use data about their customers.  Read More
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo...domo
DataRobot gets $21 million in new funding led by NEA
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Boston-based DataRobot has raised another round of funding according to multiple sources. The latest round of funding is a $21 million Series A led by NEA that, according to VentureWire, values the company at more than $60 million. Atlas Venture, who led the company's last investment, also joined the round. Read More
You come at the king ...
With its Pandora-for-dinner, Nara Logics building a future where search is less relevant
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The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it's too late. That's why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process. Read More