Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Brad Feld kicks things off to a packed house of over 300 at The Future of Big (and WIDE) Data, at Fidelity Center for Applied Technology in Boston, October 24, 2012.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

The incomparable Brad Feld (Foundry Group) chats with Sravish Sridhar (Kinvey) and Laura Fitton (HubSpot).

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki delivers his remarks on "Innovation Week" in the Bay State--and a certificate of appreciation to Xconomy signed by Governor Deval Patrick.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Burt Kaliski, CTO of Verisign, makes a point on his enterprise big data panel; Narayanan "KK" Krishnakumar (EMC), Shilpa Lawande (Vertica/HP), and moderator Greg Huang (Xconomy) look on.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

David Friend, CEO of Carbonite, gives his thoughtful and considered take on what "big data" means and where the field is going (hint: it's no substitute for judgment).

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Zeid Barakat (Flyberry Capital), Jennifer Lum (Adelphic Mobile), and Jay Meattle (Shareaholic) talk about how to use big data and analytics to build their startups.

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Xconomy Big Data

Amrith Kumar (ParElastic) and Rick Grinnell (Fairhaven Capital) are probably discussing the finer points of database management architectures. Or beers.

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Xconomy Big Data

Phase Forward reunion: Richard Dale (Big Data Boston Ventures) and Paul Bleicher (Humedica).

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Whether they were asking tough questions about big data infrastructure, privacy issues, or business models, our audience was engaged and interactive.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Fred Lalonde (Hopper) makes a point as Zeid Barakat (Flyberry Capital) looks on.

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Xconomy Big Data

Techie angel investor Joe Caruso holds a discussion during a break.

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Xconomy Big Data

Post-conference beers with Stephen Mullan (IDA Ireland) and Ryan Teksten (Fidelity Investments).

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Xconomy Big Data

Quant5's Doug Levin (right) works the crowd.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Peter Stern, CEO of Bitly, dazzles the crowd with Web analytics (but no election predictions).

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Xconomy Big Data

Sravish Sridhar (Kinvey) stirs up trouble from his seat in the audience.

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Xconomy Big Data

Doug Levin moderates a VC panel: (left to right) Chris Lynch, Atlas Venture; Ric Fulop, North Bridge Venture Partners; Rich Levandov, Avalon Ventures.

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Xconomy Big Data

Matt Fates (Ascent Venture Partners) and Lew Weinstein (BSG Team Ventures) share a thought during the conference.

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Xconomy Big Data

Andy Palmer (representing Cloudant), Amrith Kumar (ParElastic), and Barry Morris (NuoDB) talk big data infrastructure.

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Xconomy Big Data

Emil Sit (Hadapt) and Shilpa Lawande (Vertica/HP) talk after the conference.

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Xconomy Big Data

James Da Silva (GW & Wade) presses the flesh during networking hour.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group, talked about getting beyond the marketing hype of big data and focusing on the emerging technologies and business models that will add value.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

A couple of young guns chewing the fat (and the cookies) during the networking hour.

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Xconomy Big Data

Halftime networking with Travis Drouin (MFA) and friends.

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Xconomy Big Data

Brian Reagan (Actifio) makes a point to the rest of the big data infrastructure panel, moderated by Matt Fates (far left).

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Xconomy Big Data

The conference and networking were much more entertaining than the TV.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Christopher Ahlberg (Recorded Future), Hardi Meybaum (GrabCAD), Phil Beauregard (Objective Logistics), and Sravish Sridhar (Kinvey) debate who wins and who loses in big data.

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Xconomy Big Data

VC Richard Dale, mobile-ad guru Jennifer Lum, and HubSpot's Laura Fitton shoot the breeze.

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Xconomy Big Data

They came, they saw, they networked.

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Xconomy Big Data

Xconomy Big Data

Not quite standing-room-only during the networking hour. But close.

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Not even Hurricane Sandy can wash away the fruits of the past week in Boston tech—quite a momentous week for events, by all accounts.

One of the biggest was Xconomy’s “Future of Big Data” conference, held on Wednesday at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology in Boston. A huge thanks to all of our speakers; to our gracious hosts at FCAT; to our event sponsors Digital Realty, Turnstone, and Vertica (part of HP); to our event supporter Backupify; to our event partners MassTLC and MITX; and to our underwriters, partners, and VC members, without whom this would not be possible.

You can check out our recaps of venture capitalist Brad Feld’s opening talk and other highlights from the jam-packed day of panels and talks.

But that’s not why you’re reading this. You want pictures. You want them now. So I invite you all to enjoy this slideshow of our speakers and attendees, while many of you are stuck indoors waiting out the storm. All pictures here are by KeithSpiroPhoto courtesy of Kendall PRess (thanks Keith!).

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.