Quarterly Venture Breakfast - Breaking Down the Big Data Buzz




    2012 was a big year for ‘Big Data’ - the amount invested in big data companies was $1.4 billion and investing into the space is likely to continue. 2012 was also a turning point in the investment landscape as many investors have moved from backing consumer startups to turning towards new enterprise-focused companies. ‘Big Data,’ collection has also still continued to impact individuals, permeating every aspect of life, as bits of information are collected daily, so will investing interests/focus will shift again?

    The buzz around big data has persisted and seems poised to continue as new technology and questions emerge including: 

    ·         The volume, velocity, and variety of data that is gathered can be overwhelming and a comprehensive strategy to collect, manage, and deploy data is needed. How can companies and investors take advantage and influence strategy?

    ·         Data in the physical world is rapidly growing as more and more portable, wearable technology is developing. How are privacy issues going to be addressed? What solutions are there to make individuals and their information secure?

    ·         Some say that the phrase ‘big data’ has become meaningless – as it tries to include too much- and that we should start categorizing parts of ‘big data’ with smarter, more useful terms  - Smart Data? Data Science? Predictive Analytics?

    Come hear our panel of experts break down the buzz and discuss and try to answer the questions everyone is asking and hear the latest from PwC's MoneyTree Report.

    Paul Blase, PwC
    Michael Borrus, XSeed Capital
    Ajit Deshpande, Opus Capital
    Jake Flomenberg, Accel Partners
    Moderated by: Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury

    8:00am - 8:30am     Registration and Breakfast
    8:30am - 8:45am     Introductions
    8:45am - 9:00am     Overview/PwC MoneyTree Presentation
    9:00am - 9:45am     Panel Discussion

    SVForum Members: $25.00
    General Public: $59.00
    Walk ins: Additional $10