Slidecast: Versium Real-Life Data Intelligence Platform

In this slidecast, Chris Matty from Versium describes the company’s Real-Life Data Intelligence Platform.

In consumer marketing, LifeData allows ever-narrower segmentation of customers and therefore much more precisely tailored products or services. Greater real life insights about people and businesses enable optimized communication strategies. Sophisticated analytics can predict behavior and greatly improve decision-making. LifeData can make existing applications more intelligent and enable entirely new ones. Versium’s powerful data intelligence platform enables all of this and more.”

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Slidecast: Get 2know – Big Data For The Shared Economy

In this slidecast, Guy Fraker presents: get2know – Big Data for the Shared Economy.

With shared rides, cars, bikes, and even rooms, the issue of trust is huge. The folks at get2know have a developed a “Trust Engine” that uses Big Data to help you decide who you trust to share your stuff. Amazing!

As we build out to scale, we’ll provide a playground for alliance partners to reward consumers who utilize shared services in postive ways. We will deliver a searchable aggregated view of shared economy providers WITH utilization incentives. By doing both in a single view, using single sign-on, we provide an economic reason to be scored. We believe that by partnering with the Collaborative Consumption community, a market is created where no user asks, “ok- I got my score- now what?” get2kno is about creating a market, not building a platform.”

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ScaleOut hServer Opens Up Hadoop Analysis for Live Data

Today ScaleOut announced their new hServer, the first in a series of products from ScaleOut Software that is filling in the need for real-time analytics with Hadoop.

While it’s a powerful platform for analyzing large, static data sets, Hadoop has always been limited by its inability to perform analytics on live data,” said Bill Bain, ScaleOut Software CEO. “There is an increasing drumbeat for real-time analytics using Hadoop, and we’re excited to take an important step towards meeting that need with this release.”

ScaleOut hServer will be available in both a free community edition and in several commercial editions. The community edition enables up to a four-server combined Hadoop/hServer grid for analyzing memory-based data sets of up to 256GB. Read the Full Story or check out our podcast interview with Bill Bain.

Podcast: Grant Cardone on How to Sell in a Down Market

In this podcast, book author Grant Cardone discusses how to sell in a down market.

Grant Cardone is an international sales expert who made it his business to help train and motivate entrepreneurs to attain success. This business has manifested itself in many forms. Grant has created programs to train and motivate clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Not surprisingly, Grant has become an internationally recognized motivational speaker through his efforts. A few years ago, Grant started his show, Turnaround King, that employs many of the business principles he has developed throughout the years. On the airwaves, he also acts as host of his radio show, The Cardone Zone, a platform he uses to entertain and educate his listeners on strategies he has developed to escape the rat race and achieve financial affluence.

You can also check out our inside-Startups interview with Cardone, recorded last year in Portland.

Building Startups on the Unreasonable at Sea Voyage

In this video, Colleen Taylor from TechCrunch talks with the Founder of Unreasonable at Sea, Daniel Epstein. The 100 day voyage continues through April 25, 2013.

Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship to combat the greatest challenges of our time. 20 Mentors. 100 days. 1 ship. 13 countries. 11 ventures. 1 belief that entrepreneurship will change the world.

In related news, check out our RichReport podcast interview with Unreasonable at Sea entrepreneurs.

Podcast: Interview with Entrepreneurs on the Unreasonable at Sea Voyage

We’ve been following the maiden voyage of Unreasonable at Sea since before they set sail. The ship of entrepreneurs is now halfway through its 100-day journey, so I caught up with them via Skype at their Port of Call in Singapore to learn more about what its like on board.


  • Daniel Epstein, Unreasonable at Sea and Unreasonable Group
  • Scott Frank, One Earth Designs
  • Catlin Powers, One Earth Designs
  • Rachel McCallister, Moderator, MPRM Communications

When we first heard about Unreasonable, we thought: “Whoa! This is such an amazing idea!” said Caitlin Powers of One Earth Designs. “We’re going to go to all these great countries where people have been already asking about our products and we’re going to be able to find multiple distributors. And all of those things have happened, but I would say that something even more amazing has happened, which is that we’ve all come together here on this ship. All these people with great ideas, and we’ve gone beyond our companies and started talking about what is the future world that we want to see and how can we really build towards that and collaborate actively towards that direction. That’s really changed my way of thinking. So I would say that I came onboard this ship thinking: “What can I do to help my company?” And already halfway through I’m starting to think: “What can I do to collaborate with other companies around the world to really do something that’s bigger than our company?”

Download the MP3 or read the Full Interview Transcript. The Unreasonable at Sea voyage wraps up in Barcelona on April 25, 2013. You can follow their journey through videos and more at their Voyage Blog.

Podcast: Excelegrade Digital Testing Platform Wins Startup Riot

In this podcast, Sanjay Parekh from the Startup Riot discusses how the annual event brings entrepreneurs together with VCs and Angel investors. We also get a chance to talk to the most recent winner of the Riot competition, Lauren Miller from Excelegrade.

Excelegrade is a platform that allows teachers to focus on the art of teaching while we do the science. Teachers currently spend hours on administrative tasks, like test creation, grading, etc., leaving them with less time to focus on instruction. We aim to give teachers their time back without compromising the rigor of instruction and we do this with 21st century technology. Much like textbooks are going digital, Excelegrade makes K-12 classroom assessments digital by replacing paper-based tests with assessments on tablets, smart phones, and laptops.”

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Slidecast: MicroPod HPC – Your Personal Parallel Computer

In this slidecast, Josh Judd from Warp Mechanics describes MicroPod HPC initiative. Currently a Kickstarter project, MicroPod HPC will enable users to “stand up” a parallel computer using inexpensive commodity hardware, or even use the images as VMs to run a completely virtual development environment.

The MicroPod HPC is a parallel computer that you can afford to use at home. You can “stand up” a parallel computer using inexpensive commodity hardware, or even use the images as VMs to run a completely virtual development environment. The intent is to provide a turn-key framework for R&D of parallel software, and to use as a learning tool.”

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Podcast: Ironstone VC Fund Using Data Science to Pick Disruptive Startups

Can Big Data analytics be used to predict which Startup companies will succeed? In this video, Thomas Thurston from Growth Science discusses the new Ironstone Venture Capital Fund, which is using Business Model Simulation to choose disruptive Startups.

The human mind is good at some things but bad at others. So we use data science and technology to help our brains with the things they weren’t designed for. This marriage between technology and the brain has allowed us to predict business behavior in ways that weren’t possible even a decade ago. It’s the future of venture capital,” said Thurston. This fund is unique. First, instead of mostly using intuition, like most VCs do, we’re using powerful, proven data science to identify disruptive companies. That’s revolutionary. Second, we’re interested in seed- and early-stage companies, which is much needed as our economy rebuilds itself. Finally, unlike a lot of VCs focused on exits and quickly ‘flipping’ startups, we have a long-term view and really want to partner with people growing strong, disruptive, meaningful businesses to make the world a better place.”

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