EMC, Actifio, Google Ventures Join “Future of Big Data” Program on Oct. 24

9/6/12Follow @gthuang

We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to our announcement of the Xconomy forum on “The Future of Big Data” on October 24, at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology in Boston. Tickets have been selling like iPhones—we’re on pace to sell out well before the date.

And everyone and their brother in tech (and healthcare, life sciences, etc.) wants in on the program—because almost everything in the innovation community has a connection to big data or analytics these days. I’ve had to keep a lot of you waiting, which I don’t like to do.

The bad news is you have to wait a little longer while I sort out the agenda. The good news is I’m pleased to announce a few new names in the program. They are all first-time speakers at an Xconomy event, so I am giving them priority here:

Narayanan “KK” Krishnakumar, vice president and chief IT architect at EMC. I hope KK doesn’t mind being the proverbial 800-pound gorilla. (As EMC goes, so will the Boston area in big data.)

Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO of Actifio. This startup is one of the big bets in data management, and an up-and-coming enterprise player.

Matt Fates, partner at Ascent Venture Partners. Fates has made investments in data analytics and cloud business services. He also recently penned an opinion piece on what’s coming next for big data in Massachusetts.

Krishna Yeshwant, partner at Google Ventures. Yeshwant is a physician, entrepreneur, and health-tech investor. Will be very interesting to hear his perspective on big data as both a Google VC and front-line doc.

Richard Dale, founder and managing director of Big Data Boston Ventures (formerly with Sigma Partners). With that new firm’s name, how could we refuse?

These speakers join our cast of characters that includes Brad Feld of Foundry Group, David Friend from Carbonite, Peter Stern of Bitly, Burt Kaliski from VeriSign, and many other luminaries from the Boston area and beyond (some still to come). So join us on Oct. 24; you can still get early-bird tickets (and startup/student rates) here, but they’re going fast.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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