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Here’s where Amazon’s first 21 employees are now (AMZN)

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Sara Jaye/Getty Images When Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, started driving northwest from Texas in 1994, they were setting off on a journey to create one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the United States, based in Seattle. Although they took that first long road trip alone, it didn't take Bezos — with his grand vision and boisterous laugh — long to start pulling in talent.  Brad Stone's book "The Everything Store" plus a conversation with early employees Tom Schonhoff and Mike Hanlon helped us figure out the names of some of Amazon's first critical employees.

The biggest data breaches in recent history

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This data visualization comes to us from Information is Beautiful. Go to their site to see the highly-recommended interactive format that visualizes the same data, while providing additional details on each specific hack. The graphic above shows a timeline of some of the biggest data breaches on record. Each bubble represents the number of records lost in any given breach, with the most sensitive data clustered toward the right side.

Veritas adds multi-cloud support to visualization, data management tools

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Veritas will provide visibility into data as it moves between the cloud and private infrastructure starting with AWS S3 and then adding Google, Microsoft and IBM.

Why Business Intelligence and Design Theory Must Merge

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The term business intelligence was coined by IBM researcher Hans Peter Luhn early 40 years before the World Wide Web became a mainstream platform. Of course, it has evolved significantly over the past half century, largely due to advances in digital technology. Cloud computing and big data are also driving the future of business intelligence in unexpected ways. While the technology behind business intelligence has evolved in unimaginable ways, many brands still haven’t updated their strategies accordingly.

Make Smart Business Decisions Through Data-driven Alerts

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Alerts fed by business intelligence are a nice fit for companies operating in today's competitive round-the-clock world.

5 Best Practice Tips To Secure Your Big Data

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Business intelligence is the buzzword making the rounds in corporate circles. To achieve said intelligence, algorithms and predictive analytics are employed, and for that big data is a prerequisite. In this day and age, where literally everything is measured and monitored, there are vast quantities of data generated which can be used in many beneficial ways. The difficulty arises not only in deciding how to analyse the data for useful insights, but rather how to protect the information.

A startup aiming to modernize the bond market has won backing from top Wall Street execs

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Reuters/Albert Gea BondCliq, a startup launched by former Goldman Sachs executive Chris White, has won backing from former Goldman and BlackRock execs.  The startup is aiming to become "the first central market system for the corporate bond market." Don Devine, a bond trading luminary who started his career at Goldman Sachs in the early 1980s, was in need of a gut check.

3 Ways Fintech Companies are Using Big Data to Beat the Banks

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The financial sector has become one of the biggest consumers of big data in recent years. According to Gartner, 64% of financial service companies used big data in 2013. That figure has steadily risen over the past four years. Big data is changing the industry in unprecedented ways. Using Big Data and Predictive Analytics to Make Better Actuarial Decisions One of the biggest implications is that it is making the once highly consolidated industry much more competitive.

Details Regarding the Future of the Visual Business Intelligence Workshops

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This blog entry was written by Nick Desbarats. As Steve has recently announced, he’s decided to transition away from teaching in the coming months to focus on new projects. After more than 15 years in the field of data visualization and more than 30 in IT, hopefully, we can all find our way to forgiving him for shifting his focus. It seems futile to try to estimate the number of people and organizations that have learned how to understand and communicate their data from Steve, but to say he’s changed the day-to-day practice of data visualization for more people in more ways than anyone else doesn’t strike me as hyperbolic.

Future Plans for the Visual Business Intelligence Workshops

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Since founding Perceptual Edge back in 2003, I’ve put in an enormous number of miles on airplanes. I’ve made most of these flights to teach workshops. After 14 years of this, I’m sure you’ll understand when I say that I’m weary of travel. I’m leading up to some news. I will only be teaching three more of my Visual Business Intelligence Workshops.
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