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GraemeThickins
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Brand journalist, content marketer, startup advisor, technology writer/analyst, blogger, PR/communications professional, social media strategist...and surfer.
Interests: venture capital, innovation, entrepreneurship, it/software, cloud computing, mobile apps, community, marketing/branding/pr, angel investing, Internet/web technology, blogging, entrepreneurship, consumer electronics, technology conferences (including all the DEMO events), and, of course...surfing! I also like photography, especially surfing and beach related. Many of my photos are at flickr.com/graemethickins, including a favorite set called "surfing, san clemente, sunsets."
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Well, I’ve now had a chance to catch my breath after a whirlwind few days in NYC at Gigaom’s Big Data event. So, this morning, I got to thinking, after doing our weekly Minnov8 podcast, that I should try to tell you about some of the high points for me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Hell yes, video is data, according to Steve Russell, CEO and Founder, Prism Skylabs. He began by reminding us that there's a ton of video out there -- something like 200 times the amount of video that's uploaded to YouTube every day is recorded out in the real world, just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Ari Gesher, Engineering Ambassador, Palantir Technologies, just gave an animated talk, starting with the whole history of computing and operating systems (well, compressed a bit), and how it was all so custom (bespoke) -- drawing an analogy to where big data is these days. He cited this classic tweet from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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This was an amazing session -- the speaker's personal story made us all gasp! Wow, follow Ramona Pierson, cofounder and CEO of Declara on Twitter (@ramonapierson). Better than me trying to quickly recap it, watch the video here. She talks about how machine learning can power platforms that make sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Om Malik did a great on-stage interview (as he always does!) of Ben Medlock, CTO at SwiftKey, and Tim Tuttle, CEO, Expect Labs. Check out these two companies -- I wish I could type fast enough to cover their insights! (Maybe their technologies can help?) Here’s how Gigaom billed this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly is on stage with Tom Krazit, Executive Editor of Gigaom. He's now talking about the $160M(!) his firm just raised -- from T. Rowe Price (which invests primarily in public companies), Google Ventures, and Dell (led by Michael himself). How soon will Cloudera be a $1B... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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APIs are, or will be, putting cutting-edge capabilities in deep learning, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence into the hands of developers everywhere. Stacey Higginbotham, Senior Writer at Gigaom, is interviewing Elliot Turner, CEO of AlchemyAPI, and Stephen Gold, VP-WW Marketing and Sales Operations, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. "How soon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
Derrick Harris, Senior Writer at Gigaom, is doing this final session: "For the first time, Gigaom presents its selections of the best and brightest big data startups" and gives each of them an award. Each founder is onstage for a four-minute interview before we break for a reception. Adam Bonnifield... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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"What data are you or company willing to sell, and what are people willing to buy?" That's what Juliette Powell, CEO and Founder of Turing AI, asks in this chat with Stacey Higginbotham. Can data be monetized in this manner? -- you know, like an eBay for data. Could you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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We're now hearing from David Soloff, CEO of Premise, about how microdata can make a big impact on macroeconomics. His company is using crowdsourcing to bring economic indicators into the age of globalization and real-time data. Armed only with smartphones, Premise’s volunteers take pictures that are potentially worth - you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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A new computing paradigm is entering the commercial market: quantum computing. GigaOM says it has real potential to solve currently unsolvable big data problems, without increasing energy consumption. Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave, is giving us a hint of how it will change what’s possible for big data. Think in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
Next on-stage chat is Colin Coleman, Sr. Director, Analytics Products Strategy and Data Governance, at Turner Broadcasting System, with Mike Dauber of Battery Ventures. Colin is an ex-NASA rocket scientist and says media analytics is actually harder than rocket science. How do you measure multiple channels in real time, for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
Peter Guerra, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton, in a discussion with Tom Krazit, Executive Editor, Gigaom, says Amazon is making it easier for more clients to trust the public cloud, but there will always be those who want private infrastructure -- government clients being the obvious. He said data tagging allows... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Justin Kosslyn, Product Manager at Google Ideas, is telling us about the Polaris project ("For a World Without Slavery"), which is making it possible to map, expose, and disrupt illicit networks with technology. The US National Human Trafficking Hotline has 150+ structured variables for 20,000 calls a year to drive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Stacey Higginbotham of Gigaom is moderating this one. The panelists are Sven Strohband — Partner and CTO, Khosla Ventures, Jalak Jobanputra — Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures, Shivon Zilis — VC, Bloomberg Beta, and Hilary Mason — Data Scientist in Residence, Accel Partners. First off, real applications! And please don't say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Excellent segment with Dennis Crowley, CEO, Foursquare, interviewed by Mathew Ingram, Senior Writer, Gigaom. Dennis showed a cool video clip of a heatmap of checkins happening in and around NYC. Yikes! Sparkly little yellow things all over... (Lord knows I've been doing my part.) The big question from Mathew was,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Big data is speeding its demise. The CEO of Pivotal tells Om Malik that the old guard can't handle it - starting with infrastructure. Telcos, for one, are especially challenged. What does the future hold? "We're beginning to see what can happen when all the machines in the world are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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I say no -- too distracting. Let people track the stream on their own. Attention should be on the speakers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks, says the software portion of the market will by $24 billion by 2017 and $50 billion by 2020. And Hadoop will be processing "half of all big data" by 2020. "It will create even more value than early ERP." And he must have said Hortonworks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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In his opening remarks, Paul Walborsky, CEO at Gigaom, says "Big Data has legs -- it's here to stay." Derrick Harris says, "Every year I say I'm excited -- this year I mean it." Actual applications! [@BigDataWild likes that... :-) ] Joe Weinman, emcee (shown), note that Structure Data is,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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And I'm looking forward to reporting on this high-level gathering: the Gigaom Structure Data conference. It's billed thusly: "The industry's leading denizens share their views on big data and its impact on the information economy." That's right: big minds sharing deep thoughts on a humongously hyped topic -- what could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Attention anyone buying or selling a home in the Twin Cities metro, or who may be someday: a new alternative is available starting today -- and techies will especially appreciate it. Redfin is in town. Based in Seattle and founded in 2004, Redfin was actually the first company to put... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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I'll start with the "where" -- Flipboard. My all-time favorite iPad app, and that spans almost four years now, as I've been on the iPad since the very first day the product was available. (I'm now on my third, an iPad Air.) I haven't checked lately, but I'd be shocked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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I just can't help myself. After Seth's appearance here was so well received (see my post Seth Levine of Foundry Group Speaking in Minneapolis on 'Startup Communities'), I just had to drag out a little history on the man for those here in Minnesota who may not know him so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™
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Tonight in Minneapolis, we're honored to have Seth Levine, a partner at top VC firm Foundry Group in Boulder, CO, speaking to a gathering of entrepreneurs and others who support Minnesota's early-stage technology and Internet firms. His talk will be based on a popular book written by his colleague, Brad... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Graeme Thickins On Tech™