NYC Data Business Meetup #3

  • February 23, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Our little "data nerds" community keeps growing, please join us for our third meetup!  

Our speakers this month cover different parts of the data ecosystem, from infrastructure to applications, and work at well-known startups in the space, including one that is just about to go public (Splunk).  For the first time, we also feature a venture capitalist (Kirill Sheynkman of the recently created RTP Ventures), who will discuss where the smart money sees opportunities in big data.

Hilary Mason: Hilary Mason is the Chief Scientist at, where she finds sense in vast data sets. Her work involves both pure research and development of product-focused features.She’s also a co-founder of HackNY (, a non-profit organization that connects talented student hackers from around the world with startups in NYC. Hilary recently started the data science blog Dataists ( and is a member of hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Stephen SorkinStephen is the VP Engineering responsible for the core Splunk server. His team is responsible for gathering, processing, indexing, searching, reporting and alerting data in the Splunk system. Before Splunk, Stephen was a research scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto. Stephen has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford and a MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and patents.

Chris Moody currently serves as the President and COO of Gnip, the leading provider of social media data for enterprise applications. In this role, Moody is responsible for the day-to-day execution of Gnip’s operations with direct responsibility for sales, marketing, finance, and business development. Prior to joining Gnip, Moody served as Founder and President of Aquent On Demand, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative and marketing organizations.  

Kirill Sheynkman is the Senior Managing Director of RTP Ventures.  Kirill is focused on developing all aspects of the firm’s investment strategy in the United States, building the firm’s investment team, and creating a portfolio of Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, and Enterprise Infrastructure companies. Kirill is a 20-year software industry veteran, who has spent 10 of those years as a CEO of software startups. He is a three-time founder of venture-backed enterprise software companies, including an early relational OLAP vendor acquired by IBM in 1995 and Plumtree Software (NASDAQ: PLUM), the creator of the corporate portal market, acquired by BEA/Oracle in 2005. Kirill’s companies were twice backed by Sequoia Capital where he was also an Entrepreneur in Residence. Kirill also held sales, product management, and business development positions at Oracle and Microsoft. Kirill holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

PLEASE NOTE: The event this time is in a different room, on the 7th floor of the Bloomberg building (as opposed to the 28th floor).  It's also a larger room, so don't hesitate to mention this event to your friends and colleagues (but please do have them register and RSVP on this site, they can't just show up).  Also, we'll be starting at 6pm instead of 6:30pm.  Please arrive 20-25 minutes early, as lines at registration can be long.

As always, WE NEED YOUR FULL FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME, so we can make security badges. Please edit your information on the Meetup site, or complete the profile questions for this specific group (the last question is about your name).  If we don't have your full info, you will not be allowed into the building.

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  • John D.

    Really enjoyed this meetup. Great topic, speakers, and venue.

    February 27, 2012

  • Kyle

    Intro and presentations were too long. I left after hearing 1.5 hours of talking with 2 more presenters to go.

    February 24, 2012

  • Ross I.

    Good sessions, but too much like product pitches. Failed to capture how these solutions are being applied to solve REAL (not perceived) business problems.

    Best part was from Kirill - "Cool things, but so what? What problem are you solving?" Hear, hear!

    February 24, 2012

  • Michael S.

    Good speakers

    February 24, 2012

  • Noah G.

    Great event, look forward to the next one!

    February 24, 2012

  • Rick A.

    It was great to learn about what some of the new (and more established) data companies are up to and the methods by which they are gathering and presenting data. It will be interesting to see how these firms monetize their data collection/analysis over time. I agree with Matt that we appear to be gearing up for a second wave of ingenuity in "big data".

    February 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great session.'s Hiliary Mason data analysis, so amazing; Kirill provided VC-wisdom.; Others, great; Nice big crowd.

    February 24, 2012

  • adusumilli

    I loved the diversity of speakers and the way meetup was organized.

    February 24, 2012

  • Ayan B.

    This was the first event I attended and found it to be very useful in hearing from some technology leaders. Matt did a great job at introducing Bloomberg Ventures as well as the objective of the event. Looking forward to the next event.

    February 24, 2012

  • J. Matthew C.

    Very informing and engaging presentations from all the panelists!

    February 24, 2012

  • Adam F.

    I really enjoyed the event, however I thought the speakers were a little too focused on demoing their software rather than talking about design points. The presentations need to be much more detailed to be helpful, if not... just let everyone network as I found more value in that

    February 24, 2012

  • Robin W.

    Interesting speakers. Cool crowd. Riveting moderator.

    February 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    the meeting was professionally run, the facilities were impeccable, the speakers were very well prepared and all were on point.

    February 24, 2012

  • Craig W.

    This was a fascinating mix of real world applications of big data. Questions remain on how to make big data useful to the proverbial Old-Guard Executive, but many are showing promise.

    Hilary Mason told of insights gains on how items are shared btw people & networks. She also entertained with the most clicked Baby photo and cutest kitten of 2011, noting kittens have a longer tail than typical tweets (no pun intended, I'm sure).

    Splunk had a live demo of streaming data and check of hashtags most relating to Jeremy Lin. They have a capability for rapid implementation by avoiding the limiting step of pre-defining (and therefore limiting) the fields to be used in analysis.

    Gnip aggregates 100+ feeds to provide guidance to decision makers. Understanding the speed vs. depth of Wordpress vs. Twitter etc. helps their clients better use social data.

    Kirill Sheynkman noted that Data not= Info,not=Knowlege,not= Wisdom and that some startups need to get past the "So What Wall"

    February 24, 2012

  • Howard M.

    great speakers, great venue

    February 24, 2012

  • Anna

    Great speakers and great insights

    February 24, 2012

  • Rajan K.

    Great meetup, Matt Turk - thanks for organizing. Great mix of presenters and companies.

    February 24, 2012

  • Justin C

    Interesting topics and nice selection of companies

    February 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought the meeting was very good. Interesting presentations.

    February 24, 2012

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