Data Driven NYC #23

  • January 28, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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This month's event is focused on the transformative power of Big Data in retail (both online and offline), across key areas such as personalization (Sailthru), supply chain visibility (Panjiva), customer service (StellaService), and predictive analytics (Custora). 

Our speakers:

Ian White, CTO of Sailthru (one-to-one personalization of commerce). Prior to Sailthru, Ian was the chief technologist at Business Insider, where he was responsible for scaling all aspects of the company's technology from a niche online publication to one of the top five global business websites. He also served as lead developer of the music video platform at Music Nation and was one of the key developers at Money-Media, where he met Neil. Ian is one of the inaugural MongoDB Masters and has been a featured conference speaker at MongoNYC, NoSQL Now! and GilbaneSF. He is a frequent presenter for Meetups including the NY MongoDB User Group and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) NYC User Group. He was also named to the The Silicon Alley 100 as one of New York City's most influential technology leaders.

Jordy Leiser, CEO of StellaService (data and analytics for customer service). Prior to founding StellaService, Jordy worked in investment banking at JPMorgan, where he worked on leveraged buyouts and other transactions for private equity-backed consumer retail brands. After seeing firsthand the value of great customer service for retailers - both from the business and consumer perspectives - Jordy teamed up with longtime friend and college roommate John Ernsberger to create a robust system for measuring and rating the customer service performance of online retailers. Jordy and John officially launched StellaService in March 2010. Jordy has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, New York Times, Fox Business, Forbes, Reuters, TIME, Ad Age, WWD, Internet Retailer as well as other TV and print media nationwide.

Josh Green, CEO of Panjiva (supply chain visibility). Josh began his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he provided strategic advice to Fortune 500 clients. Later at iFormation Group, a joint venture of BCG and Goldman Sachs, Josh launched new, technology-enabled businesses. More recently, Josh learned first-hand about the challenges of doing business across borders while at E Ink, a high technology company with a global supply chain. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School where he received Baker Scholar honors.  Recently, Josh was a featured speaker at the Web 2.0 Summit and at DataContent ’09.  Josh has been quoted in articles about global trade appearing in Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Corey Pierson, CEO of Custora (predictive analytics for marketing). 

Vijay Subramanian, Chief Analytics Officer at Rent The Runway 

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  • daniel

    It was very good Meetup. Good and high quality presentations

    February 7, 2014

  • Aymar Y.

    Very informative.

    February 6, 2014

  • John T.

    This was my first data driven Meetup. It was a great experience and I enjoyed the presentations. I will certainly attend future Data Driven NY events.

    February 3, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    Excellent presentation by speakers. Do we have a video link or recording which can be uploaded....

    January 29, 2014

  • Fernando F.

    Wonderful meetup, as usual.

    January 29, 2014

  • Maria C.

    I really enjoyed this one, and I really related to the subject matter. Thanks Matt!

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Jon P.

    terrific program and content - very well organized

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Teddy A.

    Another great event!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Abhishek G.

    This was my first data driven meetup, and I am really impressed by the speakers'(all of them) , clarity of thought and presentation of a relatively complicated topic. Kudos to the organizers and data driven community for a very useful meetup.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Margaret O.

    Great topics and speakers.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Allison

    great meetup, but a little long

    January 28, 2014

  • Tony B.

    Eugene, the answer depends on what you mean by "query language." MapReduce is not a query language and neither is YARN. But what is exciting is that there are more and more ways to run SQL against Hadoop, and thanx to YARN, other types of analytics workloads as well.

    Another point is that today the meaning of NoSQL platform seems to have morphed into "NoSQL platforms other than Hadoop," like Mongo, Cassandra, Couch, Riak, etc. And there, query languages are all over the place.

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Eugene Y.

      Tony, Thanks, your input is what I'm looking for.

      January 28, 2014

  • Aleksey K.

    What time does the presentation start?

    January 28, 2014

  • Brad M.

    I will not be able to attend tonight due to meetings with clients, so my seat is now up for grabs....

    January 28, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    A very interesting meetup. Request: Will this be recorded for people who are on the waitlist or who cannot make it....

    January 28, 2014

  • Ana R

    Hello organizers - any updates for those of us on the wait list?

    January 27, 2014

  • Eugene Y.

    Select * from customer, works for all SQL. Are NoSQL vendors considering Query language standards evolving for NoSQL? Hadoop, MapReduce good start. Evolution, is YARN, Yet Another Resource Negotiator, being widely implemented?

    January 27, 2014

  • Sean

    If anyone is interested in 3D printing, Shapeways will be holding a 6 hour seminar on Saturday. Tickets at

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Bill H.

    How many people are waitlisted? Do I have a chance?

    January 25, 2014

  • Chris H.

    See you guys there!

    January 8, 2014

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    January 8, 2014

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