8297483344_6b63cdfa60_hHow Big Data Is Changing The Insurance Industry Forever

Our guest contributor this week, , looks at how big data could impact the insurance industry. He concludes that big data in insurance will mean insurers combining the data already available to them will be able to build up a more accurate picture of who we are, and how safe a bet they are placing by offering us insurance. Some very interesting concerns are also mentioned too!

SmashedWhy Data Scientists Create Poor Data Products? 5 Humbling Lessons

A really great piece this week on the shortcomings of Data Scientists. In an age where data science has been touted as the “Sexiest career”, it’s nice to share some thoughts on how Data Scientists can improve their data products. Some valuable advice for those who are looking to enter the field and those that are already Data Scientists.

Cash and Data7 Big Data Funding Stories You Might Have Missed this Year

This year has seen an incredible amount of Big Data funding stories. However, there are a host of interesting companies that received funding this year that you may have forgotten about. We chose our top 7!


HortonworksHadoop Vendor Hortonworks Has Filed For an IPO                                                                                                

Hortonworks, the data platform that delivers Enterprise Apache Hadoop, integrated with existing systems to create an efficient and scalable way to manage enterprise data, has filed for an Initial Public Offering. The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering are yet to be determined. Gain $1.25 Million in New Venture Capital, Share Grand Plans for The Gain $1.25 Million in New Venture Capital, Share Grand Plans for The Future, an Austrian startup whose tech mimics brain function to process language more accurately and natively, have just announced an impressive new funding round. Reventon (NL) is a venture capital firm responsible for this considerable boost to’s coffers. With the new funding, already have grand plans on how to bring their game-changing technology to a wider audience.

Upcoming Events

bARCELONA19–21 November, 2014 – Strata + Hadoop World, Barcelona

The best minds in data will gather in Barcelona this November for Strata + Hadoop World to learn, connect, and explore the complex issues and exciting opportunities brought to business by big data, data science, and pervasive computing.


Budapest17-21 November, 2014 – Apachecon Europe, Budapest

This three day technical conference will bring together 500+ attendees and offer over 100 conference sessions across a variety of open source topics covering all Apache projects, as well as visionary keynotes, lightning talks, hackathons, meetups and more.


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We are currently looking for new talents to build up and optimize Business Intelligence processes and join our highly professional and dynamic team. You will be in charge of developing and managing exciting Business Intelligence campaigns as well as enhance our Business Intelligence systems and reporting structure.

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Work in Berlin for one of the world’s largest games websites and excite more than125 million users. As a Database Developer at GameDuell, you will be responsible for our Hadoop/Big Data infrastructure and you will serve as an interface between different teams.

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