This is my personal corner of the Web where I post my thoughts and ideas. All thoughts are strictly my own.
Just a little background on me. I grew up programming big data before the term Big Data was a thing. The first systems I worked on were massive databases in contact centers–records of the emails and phone calls you make when you call customer service or order a product over the phone. I was probably dealing with contact metadata way before the NSA knew what it was.
In the early 2000’s when I was working as an IT executive in that space I co-founded an analytics company called Latigent to deal with all of the data that was being thrown off by these systems. We did a pretty good job of pulling insights out of all this data and we were eventually acquired by Cisco in 2007.
I worked for Cisco for a few years out on the East coast of the US before moving back to the midwest to be with my family. I did some consulting for some of the biggest companies in the world, using their contact data to extract strategic insights and help shape their long-term strategy.
Then Brad Keywell found me and convinced me to take a job as the CTO of Uptake, where we’re using mountains of sensor data to solve some very valuable problems in the industrial world. We’re still in semi-stealth mode so I can’t say much more, but stay tuned. Big (and I do mean big!) announcements are imminent.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the posts.
It’s no longer even a question that data is a strategic advantage. Every business is a data business now, and it’s no longer sufficient to store and archive data, you need to be able to act on it: protect, nurture, develop, buy and sell it. Billion-dollar businesses are built around it. But many businesses are
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about blockchains, which is the technology at the heart of Bitcoin. I blogged a little bit about this the other day in relation to distributed proof of ownership. But I’m realizing that it actually enables a much wider range of things than I had first thought, from identity to
Warning: The following post contains moments of wild speculation. You have been warned. Right now is an interesting moment in the history of civilization. In the past technology has molded itself to the needs of society, but we’ve passed that point. In the last 15 years we’ve started to see society molding itself to technology
Big Data has an alluring promise: crunch all of your datas and find out all these very important unknown things you didn’t know before. You will find out all sorts of important things about your customers. You’ll discover what they’re buying, what they’re not buying, what they like, what they hate. All sorts things that
This is one of those peripheral ideas that’s been kicking around in my head for years but I haven’t had much impetus to talk about it lately. But Mike Elgan pointed out Jay Acunzo‘s post about whether or not to move his blog to Google+, which got me thinking about it again. I feel pretty