Bloomberg Ventures’ Matt Turck has a post on “the thriving data ecosystem” in NYC. (It’s just “budding” in the title of the post.) There is little differentiation between unstructured and structured data in the descriptions but the compelling point is a large customer base for big data is based here. For the actual who’s who in the Big Apple:
NYC has a number of prominent data scientists, including (but certainly not limited to), Drew Conway and Jake Porway (both of whom are co-founders of Datakind, f/k/a Data without Borders), Max Shron, Cathy O’Neil (who left D.E. Shaw for a startup, Intent Media), Gilad Lotan, etc. And of course, we have our very own emerging media star (deservedly so) in the person of Hilary Mason, most recently profiled here.
3) A data community: Whether it’s Data Drinks or meetups, there’s clearly appetite for data nerds to get together and geek out. Both the NYC Predictive Analytics meetup (organized by Alex Lin) and the NYC Machine Learning meetup (organized by Paul Dix and Max Khesin) have over 2,000 members, while the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup has 1,700 members.
Om Malik touches on the same ground, with the twist that he believes New York has the creative ability to ask the right questions about the data:
Mason believes that New York can leverage big data to its advantage. From art to fashion to media, New York has enough creative talent to be able to ask the right questions from the data. A good example is the Explore feature onFoursquare, which co-founder Dennis Crowley calls the “big data driven recommendation engine for the real world.” (Here is a presentation of technology behind Explore that is pretty cool.)