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Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

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Google made a big splash this morning when it announced it’s going to acquire Looker, a hot analytics startup that’s raised over $280 million. It’s paying $2.6 billion for the privilege and adding the company to Google Cloud. Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reigns to Google Cloud at the end of last year sees the crucial role data plays today for organizations, especially as they move to the cloud.

Zyper, the marketing platform that connects brands with their ‘superfans’, raises $6.5M Series A

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Zyper, the London-based marketing platform that connects brands with their ‘superfans’, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. The new round, which brings Zyper’s total funding to date to $8.5 million, is led by Talis Capital, with participation from Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator. Founded by Amber Atherton, Zyper has built a platform that lets companies identify their top fans, and therefore advocates, on various social media.

Yellowbrick Data raises $81M Series C for hybrid data warehouse

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There’s lots of data in the world these days, and there are a number of companies vying to store that data in data warehouses or lakes or whatever they choose to call it. Old school companies have tended to be on prem, while new ones like Snowflake are strictly in the cloud. Yellowbrick Data wants to play the hybrid angle, and today it got a healthy $81 million Series C to continue its efforts.

IoT and Predictive Analytics: What We’re Driving Toward

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Learn how research of predictive analytics can impact models used in the transportation sector.

Customers and Banks Priorities Collide as AI Jolts Financial Industry

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In a previous article I shared some of the challenges, benefits and trends of Big Data in the telecommunications industry. This time, I will focus on the financial services industry based on previous IBM studies in this industry and some personal experiences. An Industry Without Physical Products Big Data’s promise of value in the financial services industry is particularly differentiating. With no physical products to offer, the data, the source of the information – is without a doubt one of its most important assets.

Fluree grabs $4.7M seed round to build blockchain-based database

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Fluree, a North Carolina startup that wants to bring the immutability of blockchain to the database, announced a $4.7 million seed round today led by ​4490 Ventures​ with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund​. As CEO and co-founder Brian Platz explains, the database combines blockchain and graph database technologies to offer a new way of thinking about storing and querying data.

Does it have to be called data governance?

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Data governance is the foundation of all other data management disciplines (and of course therefore the most important). But it still remains a largely misunderstood discipline.

Audi works with Fleetonomy to monitor and manage fleet utilization for its on demand program

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Audi just completed a trial with Israeli company Fleetonomy as part of a potential wider rollout of the Israeli company’s fleet monitoring and management services designed to improve utilization. Using Fleetonomy’s tools that provide predictive analytics of fleet utilization, Audi was able to improve the overall efficiency and utilization of its on-demand services. “Audi has always aspired to provide a great experience by advancing through innovation and technology.

Healthcare data integration startup Abacus Insights lands $12.7M Series A

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Abacus Insights, an early stage startup that wants to help coordinate healthcare information across systems, announced a $12.7 million Series A investment today led by CRV. Existing investors 406 Ventures and Echo Health Ventures also participated in the round. The company is trying to make it easier for health insurance companies to share data with various parties in the healthcare system with the ultimate goal of lowering costs and helping participants across the system from doctors to pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners have a better understanding of the overall patient record.

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Whether you're gunning for a promotion or a heftier paycheck, want to kickstart a career in Big Data, or are simply looking for a more efficient way to manage your personal budget, learning how to navigate Excel can do wonders for your career and overall productivity. It can be pretty tricky to navigate the feature-rich spreadsheet tool without any guidance whatsoever. Good news: You can supercharge your Microsoft Excel savviness with the Epic Excel 2019 Mastery Bundle, a $273 value.
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