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Big Data Connect


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Big Data Connect

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Loeb & Loeb LLP and Return on Change are pleased to host Big Data Connect. 

"Big data means much more than a change in technology, it represents a structural transformation in how we manage our enterprises."- Forbes

For the most part businesses have relied on scientific studies and statistical information when making decisions based on incomplete information. This is where big data can change the way business decisions and strategies are made. By using big data, startups and businesses can make decisions that are "less wrong" over time as real world information floods in.


Join us at Big Data Connect for an expert panel followed by 3 startup pitches.

The panel will be comprised of big data investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts (to be announced soon). Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

  • What is considered "big data" and how can businesses use this to make better decisions?
  • How can we improve society and solve issues through big data?
  • What are the financing trends in big data? What types of big data companies are receiving funding?
  • How should big data startups prepare for a capital raise and what are some key characteristics investors look for?
  • What is the outlook on the industry for big data startups?





Parrable is a proprietary platform for collecting and managing first-party consumer data across mobile publishers and across platforms (IP filed on 05/19/14). With 3rd party cookies disabled on mobile web and limited consumer data available, Parrable provides a more accurate tool for advertisers and publishers to create and build rich consumer profiles across mobile publishers and platforms, which allows for enhanced engagement, storytelling, targeting and retargeting.  


numberFire is the next generation sports analytics platform. We take the unstructured and misleading data that exists all around sports and mine it for unprecedented insight that allows us to predict player and team performance better than any competitor. 


Accern provides institutional investors with a big data analysis platform where they can systematically discover actionable rumors before market reaction. We are solving a major problem for institutional investors where they don't have to waste time, resource, and energy on labor-intensive actionable intelligence gathering and due diligence analysis. We're able to gather the actionable rumors and validate them in various intervals. 


Richie Hecker is an entrepreneur, investor, connector. He's currently the chairman and cofounder of InSparqRichie Hecker is a NYC based entrepreneur. Most recently he led the acquisition of Bebo, once the #3 social network from AOL and turned it profitable within six months. Prior to Bebo, Richie founded and operated a number of profitable online advertising companies and an outsourcing company in India. In his spare time, he is a thought leader and investor. Richie launched a half dozen conferences, including NYC Entrepreneur Week. He holds a BS in Finance from Binghamton University.

Murat Aktihanoglu is an engineer, author and technology entrepreneur. He's currently the Managing Director of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. He recently sold Centrl, a location-based social networking startup that he founded in 2008. At the time of the sale, the application was the first to offer a free IM-on-a-map-system that was not reliant on SMS.

A tireless force on the NYC tech startup scene, Murat founded the Entrepreneurs Roundtable in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly “short pitch” format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created active and engaged communities New York City, Philadelphia, Turkey and Japan, with India and China coming soon.


Leigh Drogen is the Founder and CEO of Estimize, the first open platform for financial estimates. Estimize is a diverse community of members from the top hedge funds and asset management firms, to independent analysts and investors, corporate finance professionals and students. The goal of the Estimize platform is to create a more accurate and representative consensus expectation, while identifying the most accurate analysts.

Prior to Estimize, Leigh was the Founder and CIO of Surfview Capital, a New York based quantitative investment management firm. He was also an early member of the team at StockTwits where he worked on product and business development.  Leigh got his start in the institutional finance world as a trader/analyst with Geller Capital, a White Plains based quantitative investment manger. He holds a B.A. in political science and economics with emphasis in war theory from Hunter College in New York City.



  • Entrepreneurs working on a big data startup 
  • Investors interested in learning more about investing in big data startups
  • Those who want to network with entrepreneurs, investors, and experts in big data



5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Registration and networking

6:15 PM - 6:30 PM    Host Introductions

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM    Big Data Expert Panel 

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Big Data Companies Present & Receive Judges' Feedback

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Networking. Drinks & Hors d'oeuvres will be served


All things Big Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Data Discovery & Analysis. We will conduct meetups where we could learn and share best practices around Big-Data Analytics, Discovery & Visualization and it's impact on businesses.

Big Open Data meetup is for anyone interested in using Big Data to create all kinds of innovations- both for profit and the public good. 

The Open Analytics Meetup group is for like-minded individuals to come together to learn, connect, and educate one other on open source technologies and data analytics.

The New York Big Data Workshop holds practical workshops focusing on tooling and techniques related to Statistics and Big Data Technologies and actually learning to use them during the session. Participants bring their laptops to work on actual code and data analytics. We typically pick a different problem each workshop to work on, often related to real world problems which people in industry would like to solve.

For all media inquiries and general questions, please email Grace Kim at


What is Return on Change?

RoC is a crowdinvesting platform connecting startup and investors. They work with startups in the CleanTech, EdTech, Life Sciences, Tech and Social Enterprise sectors. For more information, please visit our website at and follow us on twitter @RoCSpeaks.


What is Loeb & Loeb LLP?

Loeb & Loeb LLP is a multiservice law firm with more than 300 attorneys and offices. They focus on select core industries and practice areas rather than endeavoring to be all things to all clients. They represent multinational, Fortune 100 companies in their mid-market transactions and litigation matters, and serve as primary outside counsel to a multitude of mid-market clients. Visit them at and follow them on twitter @Loeb_LoebLLP.

Have questions about Big Data Connect? Contact KSE

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