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NYC Data Business Meetup #3

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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 Sorkin: Stephen 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.