Q&A with Jack Norris of MapR

Q&A with Jack Norris of MapR

MapR Technologies is one of the 50 top Big Data startups featured in Startup50.com’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 million in VC funding and… Read more →

Check out the top Big Data Startups in the Big Data 50

Check out the top Big Data Startups in the Big Data 50

From Real-time fraud detection to “Fast Data” to software tools used to track “Social Whales,” these Big Data startups have it covered.     Ever since Michael Lewis made data analytics cool in Moneyball, the Big Data space has been hyped to the moon. Is that hype warranted or overblown? According to Gartner, Big Data is falling into the “trough… Read more →

3 Cool GIS Startups from the Esri User Conference

3 Cool GIS Startups from the Esri User Conference

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. Even more interesting is how GIS startups are pushing the boundaries of… Read more →

Cloud Startup Platform9 Launches, Locks down Series A

Cloud Startup Platform9 Launches, Locks down Series A

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 A round, securing $4.5 million… Read more →

5 Big Data projects that could change your life

5 Big Data projects that could change your life

Here’s a quick preview from my latest story for Network World: Most over-hyped technology trends wear out their welcome pretty quickly, which should make skeptics among us wary about Big Data. However, while Big Data is being touted as the latest trend that will change the world, the skeptics aren’t as, well, skeptical as they were about cloud and social…. Read more →

Startup Spotlight: Cloudera raises $1B, sets sights on IoT

Startup Spotlight: Cloudera raises $1B, sets sights on IoT

Not long after nailing down one of the (if not the) biggest VC funding rounds in history, Big Data startup Cloudera is now making inroads into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Home automation company Vivent is using Cloudera Enterprise to glean insights from the data generated from intelligent devices and systems embedded with sensors in and around homes. “[With… Read more →

Startup Spotlight: Couchbase lands $60M, launches mobile Big Data management platform

Startup Spotlight: Couchbase lands $60M, launches mobile Big Data management platform

Couchbase What they do: Provides NoSQL database technology. Headquarters: Mountain View, CA CEO: Bob Wiederhold. He formerly served as chairman and CEO of Transitive, which was acquired by IBM in 2008. Founded: 2011 Funding: On June 26, 2014, Couchbase announced a $60 Million series E round of financing. The round was led by two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth… Read more →

Startup Spotlight: Security startup Hexadite launches

Startup Spotlight: Security startup Hexadite launches

Security startup introduces automated cyber-incident response solution Startup: Hexadite What they do: Provide an automated incident response solution Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel CEO: Eran Barak. Prior to Hexadite, he was the head of Elbit Systems’ Cyber Training and Simulation Team, directing sales and business development for new products for emerging markets. Founded: 2014 Funding: Hexadite is backed by $2.5 million… Read more →