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Keep on Uberin the free world

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Uber is still operating in London, in you case you did not notice. Uber will continue to do so while a legal appeal process that could take a year lasts. What’s more, the fire-fighting statements and apologetic tone adopted by newly appointed Uber top management seem to appease some, including London’s mayor. But to focus […]

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Please wait while your future trickles down: innovation, asymmetry and evolution

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If you believe the technologists, the future is around the corner and it’s going to be perfect. But is more technology really the answer to every problem? The future’s so bright, i gotta wear shades Do you know what CeBIT is? Chances are you do, because here you are reading this. This means you have […]

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From a basement in Athens to Space and beyond: the unlikely story of Climate Watch

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We don’t have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it. Yes, it’s a bit early for towel day. But i could not think of a […]

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Earth Day special: on big issues, breaking news, and using data and tech to get insights and build stories

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Earth day is one of those things pretty much everyone can stand behind. With virtually all scientists and the vast majority of the public acknowledging the fact that climate change is an imminent threat that must be dealt with, it marks an occasion for awareness and action. This year in particular, it coincides with a […]

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An analyst’s life: from Gigaom and Big Data to VisionMobile and Developer Economics and..Big Developer Data

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The last post in this blog, a year ago, was about Hadoop security. We had just finished our latest webcast with Gigaom on the different options for managing Hadoop and were looking ahead to a number of prospects, including a Sector Roadmap on SaaS BI to be unveiled at Structure:Data 2015. Much water has flowed […]

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The evolution of Retail and what to do with your Big Data

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SPS Commerce is one of the biggest vendors in the retail domain. They act as a clearing house for retailers, connecting them with vendors. The recently published Gigaom report 2nd generation cloud architecture triggered their interest and we had a chat, and here are some of the thoughts and lessons on retail that came as […]

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Intellectual property thoughts: on Ideas and Patents

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Recently we have seen 2 US court rulings that could bring on important changes in intellectual property, one related to Patents & Ideas and one to Copyright & APIs. Even though at first it may seem this is only relevant for the US, as anyone who has ever been involved in IT Entrepreneurship can tell […]

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Personal Data from the Source: How and Why Consumers and Marketers Can Connect

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We saw in the previous posts a couple of examples of online marketing gone wrong. The common thread for these examples, and others like them, is the desire marketers have to reach out to new audiences – which is perfectly normal. But in many cases what they are doing is using a new medium – […]

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Online Marketing and Data Protection: Dos, Don’ts, and a hint for a way forward

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We have seen how marketing campaigns can backfire when common sense and CRM – MDM are missing from the mix. To err is human of course, so we should be forgiving both as IT professionals and as consumers, provided that we see tangible recognition of errors and a commitment to make amends. In this post, […]

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The wrong strategy, the wrong way: cold-calling your way to marketing, technical and business failure

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Do you think cold-calling still works? Trying to sell random stuff to random people on the phone is not exactly the most unobtrusive, effective or sophisticated strategy. It’s the kind of thing I would expect and advise especially technology companies to stay away from, for a number of reasons. This is an account of the […]

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