Open Platforms and Local Commerce

Palo Alto, CA

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Groupon's Groupinar Speaker Series, a collection of talks and forums for sharing information on anything and everything related to tech, start-ups, and new, innovative ideas!

Come join Groupon to learn and engage with guest speaker Tyler Bell, Director of Product for Factual, on Thursday, August 30th at 5:00pm as he discusses the following topic:


Open Platforms and Local Commerce


Who is Tyler Bell?

Dr Tyler Bell is Director of Product for Factual, an LA-based startup that has created a data platform designed to power local commerce – now with data on 60 million businesses and landmarks, and 500 thousand products.  He used to do post-doctoral work on  landscape analysis and the semantic integration of heterogeneous data at the University of Oxford but, more recently and topically, he led Product for Yahoo's Geo Technologies Group. He writes about data-, semantic- and geo-technologies for O'Reilly Radar at http://radar.oreilly.com/tylerb/.

 

What is the talk about?

Data is a crucial technological enabler to the nascent generation of local commerce opportunities.  Forthcoming geo applications will be built using re-purposed data orthogonal to its collection, and enriching it to become more than a sum of its parts.  While the commercial implications are of course enormous, the geotechnical potential is huge. This talk aims to provide an overview to some of
that hugeness, and introduces a platform-centric and open bias into what has been a very closed game to-date.

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