We wanted to let you know that Factual’s CEO/Founder, Gil Elbaz, will be speaking next week at the upcoming Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Gil’s presentation, “Facing the Big Data Challenge - Getting Some” is on March 31 at 2:05pm. If you will be attending the event, please come to the presentation and say hello to Gil. If you cannot attend, we will post his presentation on the blog after the event.
In the meantime, here are some thoughts from Gil and insights to what you’ll learn at his presentation:
When many of us hear “Big Data,” we think about the marvelous new toolsets to process it at scale. That’s great if you are one of the “Haves.” But what about the “Have Nots”? Such as the young company looking to license, curate, crawl, improve, aggregate, etc. This company is interested in guaranteed, simplified access to trusted data at an affordable price.
But it’s not just the young company. With some exceptions, I’d argue everyone is a “Have Not.” In today’s environment of accelerating consumer expectations, anyone building an app or service must continuously look for data which adds value to the end-user. In other words, they must look for access to good, structured data at reasonable terms.
The current landscape and challenges for someone looking for data are:
Several companies, Factual being one, have been tackling these big problems, attempting to build services and components that will serve the “Have Nots”. Meanwhile, the walls between data silos are crumbling – open government data, API platforms, etc. – creating greater opportunities, as well as challenges, in this new data environment.
In my talk, I will address: