Big Data Startup Cazena Lands $8 Million Series A

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Founded by former Netezza execs, Cazena intends to “radically simplify and speed up access to big data.” Startup: Cazena What they do: This big data startup is still in stealth-mode and is being tight-lipped about their big data plans. Headquarters: Waltham, MA CEO: Prat Moghe, who previously served as SVP of strategy, products, and marketing […]

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Startup BigPanda Launches with $7 Million Series A

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BigPanda will use data science to help IT automate incident response management Startup: BigPanda What they do: Use data science to help IT teams automate the manual and time-consuming processes involved in responding to thousands of daily IT issues. Headquarters: Mountain View, CA  CEO: Assaf Resnick.  He was previously an investor with Sequoia Capital. Founded: […]

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Q&A with MapR’s CMO Jack Norris


MapR Technologies is one of the 50 top Big Data startups featured in’s inaugural Big Data 50 report. I included MapR as one of a handful of companies whose goal is to simplify Hadoop and transform it from a tool requiring specialized developers to one any business can use. MapR is backed by $110 […]

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FlashFunders Launches; Intends to Disrupt How Startups Raise Early Funding


Raising early stage funding is no simple task. Many startups spend thousands of dollars and weeks or months on the road courting investors. A new funding platform from Santa Monica-based FlashFunders is designed to change that. FlashFunders was started by Europlay Capital Advisors, law firm Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, and co-founders Vincent Bradley and Brian […]

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Startup50 is back from the hack!


A little over a week ago, I encountered the perfect storm of nuisances. That Friday morning, I was having the bathtub reglazed, meaning noxious fumes would force me out of my home office for several hours. Living in Santa Monica, I wanted to view this as an unexpected bonus day off, but my work was […]

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Event-Based Big Data Startup Internana Launches


Interana’s Event-Based Big Data Solution asks the “Why” and “How” Questions Many Big Data Tools Overlook Startup: Interana What they do: Provide an event-based Big Data analytics solution that answers critical business questions on how customers behave. Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA CEO: Ann Johnson, who was previously a product manager at Intel. She has spent […]

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SentinelOne deploys predictive software to battle malware


Startup: SentinelOne What they do: Provide endpoint security software that detects, models, and predicts threat behavior to block attacks on any computing device, including servers and embedded systems like point of sale (PoS) terminals. Headquarters: Mountain View, CA CEO: Tomer Weingarten. Previously he led product development and strategy for the Toluna Group as a VP […]

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3 Cool GIS-Enabled Startups


Last month, I attended the Esri International User Conference in San Diego and was introduced to the esoteric world where data and mapping collide. Esri is a pioneer in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) space, and seeing how users put their software to use is pretty eye opening. As a journalist, one of the more […]

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Startup Spotlight: Cloud Startup Platform9 Launches, Locks down Series A

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Startup: Platform9 What they do: Provide a cloud service that transforms servers into an agile, self-service private cloud. Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA CEO: Sirish Raghuram, who previously was an early engineer at VMware, where he held technical and management leadership roles and helped ship multiple vSphere products. Founded: 2013  Funding: Earlier today, Platform9 announced its Series […]

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