Disruptive Technologists in NYC - Big Data: New Initiatives, Opinions & Future

Disruptive Technologists in NYC
Disruptive Technologists in NYC
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Big Data is a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company that represents a source for ongoing discovery and analysis, including social media, text, visual images and metadata. We'll explore the new initiatives, new products, opinions, and the future of data.

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At 8:30 pm after the discussion, we will all be going to the Rooftop Bar Empire Hotel at 44 W. 63rd St at Broadway (they are expecting us and have extended happy hour just for our members) to talk with the speakers and fellow entrepreneurs, investors, founders, developers -- all Disrupters can come!!


1. Sage Wohns,

Sage Wohns is the CEO & Founder of Agolo, a Natural Language Processing Engine that is making sense of real-time web content. This application alerts users to what’s immediately relevant for them and answers their questions automatically. With 500,000,000 tweets a day, a new form of timely, relevant and personalized information is being created and lost because of the speed and volume of the real-time web. From a young age, Sage has been very interested in technology entrepreneurship including film411.tv and WebFlux: Custom. He graduated fromColumbia Business Schooland is now the Lead Engineer at Rakuten.

2. Tom Anderson,

Tom Anderson is the CEO of Anderson Analytics and an award-winning data scientist specializing in unstructured (text) data. His firm Anderson Analytics’s patented Next Generation text analytics software was recently named a key challenger to previous leaders in the text analytics space such as IBM, Clarabridge and SAS. OdinText is the only text analytics software platform especially designed for the consumer insights professional. Tom’s pioneering work in the field has been covered in several decision science text books and industry trade journals. She was the founding chair of the Council’s Technology Committee.

3. Aldrin Rafael Bonilla,

Aldrin Rafael Bonilla was appointed Manhattan Deputy Borough President in December 2013 and as such oversees all units related to community and constituent affairs. He manages the personnel and infrastructure that support Community Boards, Constituent Services, Borough Service Cabinets and key initiatives that promote innovative uses of technology, civic engagement, efficient service delivery, community participation and improved quality of life.

He has also served as Director of Operations for the E-CommunityConnect Technology Initiative at the Fund for the City of New York. In this capacity, he was responsible for the oversight and daily management of community. During[masked], he was Director of the Northern Manhattan Census operation.

He has worked for the African National Congress Observer Mission to the United Nations, serving as the office manager during the democratic transition period that ushered in the post-apartheid presidency of Nelson Mandela. In that capacity, he assisted the ANC delegation when the General Assembly was in session, managed the daily office operations, served on the advance team during Nelson Mandela’s New York visit and was assigned to assist the U.S. delegation in South Africa during the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela. He was born and raised in Washington Heights and is the first Dominican-American to serve as Manhattan Deputy Borough President.

4. Andrew Lerner,

Andrew Lerner is the CEO of Metrics which collects about 17,000 unique data measurements per web page and has developed several dozen algrothrims that apply that data. Those algorithms are used to help advertisers and media sellers define what advertising impressions best meet a brand's buying guidelines in scale digital media buys. He has more than 18 years of experience working at the convergence of the media and software industries. Since 1992, he has focused particularly on the Internet. Andy founded, ran, and sold a venture backed company, Urban Data Solutions, that delivered multi-dimensional databases and data applications via the internet for wireless telecommunications, real estate, the government, and media industries. For five years in the 1990’s, Andy ran Time Warner Electronic Publishing.

5. Rick o'Toole,

Rick O'Toole is the founder and CTO of Rockerbox, the leader in Momentum-Marketing. Rockerbox processes and analyzes over 4 billion ad impressions a day to determine the real-time intent of millions of web browsers. With this insight, Rockerbox enables companies like Shutterstock, Journelle and Learnvest to target the optimal user with the correct message at the right moment. Most recently, Rick led integrations at AppNexus for companies such as Facebook and Yahoo in addition to being a founding data science engineer in AppNexus’ Marketplace-Analytics group. Rick holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.

Disruptive Moderator: David Carlos, CTO of Myhomepage.com, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur


6:15 to 6:45: Networking, Pizza, Sodas

6:45 to 8:15: Discussion with the five panelists

8:15 to 8:30: Q&A

8:30 to 10:30 Special Attendee Happy Hour at the Empire Hotel Rooftop

Want to catch up on the last Disruptive Technologists in NYC Meetup? Check out:

March 2014:

Digital Media: TV, Video & Publishing


January 2014:

If you weren't able to make the January event "Is Social Media Still Fundable?" Here is the full video:


Video: http://youtu.be/F_YkkggqcEk ­

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