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NYC Data Business Meetup #8

We're back after the Summer break and have terrific speakers: Dwight Merriman (10Gen), Rick Smolan (Human Face of Big Data), K Young (Mortar) and Olivier Pomel (Datadog).

In part due to a scheduling conflict for one of our previously announced presenters, the agenda for the meetup has evolved; here's the revised agenda:

1) Rick Smolan will tell us about his fascinating new project, the "Human Face of Big Data" - see the NY Times coverage here:

2) We'll do a spotlight on two emerging NYC data startups:

- Mortar (presenter: K Young, CEO). Mortar ( provides a platform-as-a-service for Hadoop.  They take care of all of the necessary infrastructure (via AWS) and allow any software engineer to run jobs on Hadoop using Apache Pig and Python without special training.

- Datadog (presenter: Olivier Pomel, CEO). Datadog ( is a service for IT, Operations and Development teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.  Datadog helps software developers and web ops understand their IT Data by putting it all in context.

3) We'll finish with a fireside chat with Dwight Merriman, CEO and co-founder, 10Gen. 10Gen ( develops MongoDB, and offers production support, training, and consulting for the open source database. Dwight is one of the original authors of MongoDB. In 1995, Dwight co-founded DoubleClick (acquired by Google for $3.1 billion) and served as its CTO for ten years. Dwight was the architect of the DoubleClick ad serving infrastructure,DART, which serves tens of billions of ads per day. Dwight is co-founder, Chairman, and the original architect of Panther Express (now part of CDNetworks), a content distribution network (CDN) technology that serves hundreds of thousands of objects per second. Dwight is also a co-founder and investor in and Gilt Groupe.

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  • Juan L.

    Excellent. Great combo of insightful strategic, highly technical, non-technical discussion.

    September 25, 2012

  • Pranav G.

    Sometimes tech can be disconnected from use cases and it was a little bit here. In the future, I would ask that speakers present more concrete examples. I understand that this can be a difficult thing, and moreover, not possible at times. Thanks,
    Pranav Ghai

    September 25, 2012

  • Stephen

    I think the speakers should have felt free to get into more technical details in the latter part of their allotted time, but I appreciate how difficult that is to do in 10 minutes. Even so, the event was great.

    September 25, 2012

  • Noah G.

    Another great event, thanks Matt and Shivon!

    September 25, 2012

  • Engin T.

    Very informative.

    September 25, 2012

  • Derek W.

    great turnout, super presentations

    September 25, 2012

  • Jesse L.

    One of my favorite meetups to date! Iam looking forward to #9

    September 25, 2012

  • HT

    Well organized

    September 24, 2012

  • Donghua X.

    The MORTAR presentation was a bit short. Otherwise it's good.

    September 24, 2012

  • Alexis L.

    Great crowd.

    September 24, 2012

  • Andrew D.

    Excellent Meetup. Informative speakers and well diverse crowd.

    September 24, 2012

  • Saad K.

    Excellent Presentations. Well Organized. Even for a non-technical guy such as myself, it was still very interesting to learn about how data architecture is evolving

    September 24, 2012

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