Wednesday, June 16, 2010

IA Venture Partners

VC focused on "big data"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Afghanistan's Lithium Eureka

Monday, June 7, 2010

Startup Reading List

Web 1.0:

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (Recipes: a Problem-Solution Ap)

The Oracle of Oracle: The Story of Volatile CEO Larry Ellison and the Strategies Behind His Company's Phenomenal Success

Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

Netscape Time: The Making of the Billion-Dollar Start-Up That Took on Microsoft

Web 2.0

The PayPal Wars: Battles With Ebay, the Media, the Mafia, And the Rest of Planet Earth

The Google Story: For Google's 10th Birthday

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

GnuBio and David Weitz§ion=

"At a time when the longtime goal of a $1,000 genome is still just out of reach, a Harvard University physicist is promising an even cheaper price--the ability to sequence a human genome for just $30. David Weitz and his team are adapting microfluidics technology that uses tiny droplets, a strategy developed in his lab, to DNA sequencing. While the researchers have not yet sequenced DNA, they have successfully demonstrated parts of the process and formed a startup, GnuBio, to commercialize the technology. Weitz presented the findings at the Consumer Genomics Conference in Boston last week."

RainDance Technology


David Weitz

Monday, May 31, 2010

Siguler Guff & Co. investing in Russian Silicon Valley

Siguler Guff & Co. is expressing a huge amount of confidence in Russia’s plan to modernize the economy.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Could Humans Be Infected by 'Computer Viruses?'

Monday, May 24, 2010

Inference Algorithm and Probabilistic Programming at MIT

Historically, building a machine-learning system capable of learning a new task would take a graduate student somewhere between a few weeks and several months, says Daniel Roy, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science who along with Cameron Freer, an instructor in pure mathematics, led the new research. A handful of new, experimental, probabilistic programming languages — one of which, Church, was developed at MIT — promise to cut that time down to a matter of hours.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


"The new software system, called KarDo, was developed by researchers at MIT. It can automatically configure an e-mail account, install a virus scanner, or set up access to a virtual private network, says MIT's Dina Katabi, an associate professor at MIT.

Crucially, the software just needs to watch an administrator perform this task once before being able to carry out the same job on computers running different software. Businesses spend billions of dollars each year on simple and repetitive IT tasks, according to reports from the analyst groups Forrester and Gartner. KarDo could reduce these costs by as much as 20 percent, Katabi says.

In some respects, KarDo resembles software that can be used to record macros--a set sequence of user actions on a computer. But KarDo attempts to learn the goal of each action in the sequence so it can be applied more generally later, says MIT post-graduate Hariharan Rahul, who codeveloped the system. "

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Russia's Silicon Valley

Monday, May 10, 2010


"Marketcetera Platform allows you to build automated trading systems for equities, equity options and currencies, to maximize the effectiveness of your traders and developers. Trade opportunities disappear in milliseconds. Equity options data feeds now reach 1 million messages per second. "


Structured Data Start Ups

Data Marketplace

Data Market



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