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Disruptive Technologists in NYC - Big Data: New Initiatives, Opinions & Future

Lauren Keyson

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Big Data is a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company that represents a source for ongoing discovery and analysis, including social media, text, visual images and metadata. We'll explore the new initiatives, new products, opinions, and the future of data.

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At 8:30 pm after the discussion, we will all be going to the Rooftop Bar Empire Hotel at 44 W. 63rd St at Broadway (they are expecting us and have extended happy hour just for our members) to talk with the speakers and fellow entrepreneurs, investors, founders, developers -- all Disrupters can come!!


1.  Sage Wohns,

Sage Wohns is the CEO & Founder of Agolo, a Natural Language Processing Engine that is making sense of real-time web content. This application alerts users to what’s immediately relevant for them and answers their questions automatically. With 500,000,000 tweets a day, a new form of timely, relevant and personalized information is being created and lost because of the speed and volume of the real-time web. From a young age, Sage has been very interested in technology entrepreneurship including and WebFlux: Custom. He graduated fromColumbia Business Schooland is now the Lead Engineer at Rakuten.

2.  Tom Anderson,

Tom Anderson is the CEO of Anderson Analytics and an award-winning data scientist specializing in unstructured (text) data. His firm Anderson Analytics’s patented Next Generation text analytics software was recently named a key challenger to previous leaders in the text analytics space such as IBM, Clarabridge and SAS. OdinText is the only text analytics software platform especially designed for the consumer insights professional. Tom’s pioneering work in the field has been covered in several decision science text books and industry trade journals. She was the founding chair of the Council’s Technology Committee.

3.  Gale Brewer,

Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President, responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council on borough concerns, commenting on all land-use matters in the borough, advocating for the borough in the municipal budget process, and appointing members of Manhattan's 12 Community Boards. The Borough President also chairs the Borough Board, made up of City Council Members and Chairs from the Community Boards, and the Borough Services Cabinet, composed of senior officials from City agencies delivering services in the borough.

She previously served on the City Council for 12 years, from 2002 through 2013, representing the 6th Council District which includes most of the Upper West Side and northern Clinton. As Councilmember, she successfully passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, compelling landlords to fix repeat violations, requiring all City data be published online, and the nation’s first law protecting domestic workers.

4. Andrew Lerner, 

Andrew Lerner is the CEO of Metrics which collects about 17,000 unique data measurements per web page and has developed several dozen algrothrims that apply that data. Those algorithms are used to help advertisers and media sellers define what advertising impressions best meet a brand's buying guidelines in scale digital media buys. He has more than 18 years of experience working at the convergence of the media and software industries. Since 1992, he has focused particularly on the Internet. Andy founded, ran, and sold a venture backed company, Urban Data Solutions, that delivered multi-dimensional databases and data applications via the internet for wireless telecommunications, real estate, the government, and media industries. For five years in the 1990’s, Andy ran Time Warner Electronic Publishing. 

5.  Rick o'Toole,

Rick O'Toole is the founder and CTO of Rockerbox, the leader in Momentum-Marketing. Rockerbox processes and analyzes over 4 billion ad impressions a day to determine the real-time intent of millions of web browsers. With this insight, Rockerbox enables companies like Shutterstock, Journelle and Learnvest to target the optimal user with the correct message at the right moment. Most recently, Rick led integrations at AppNexus for companies such as Facebook and Yahoo in addition to being a founding data science engineer in AppNexus’ Marketplace-Analytics group. Rick holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.

Disruptive Moderator: David Carlos, CTO of, Tech Geek and Entrepreneur


6:15 to 6:45:  Networking, Pizza, Beer

6:45 to 8:15:  Discussion with the five panelists

8:15 to 8:30:  Q&A

8:30 to 10:30  Special Attendee Happy Hour at the Empire Hotel Rooftop

Want to catch up on the last Disruptive Technologists in NYC Meetup? Check out: 

March 2014:

Digital Media: TV, Video & Publishing


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Have questions about Disruptive Technologists in NYC - Big Data: New Initiatives, Opinions & Future? Contact Lauren Keyson

When & Where

New York Institute of Technology
16 West 61st Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Lauren Keyson

Lauren Keyson is a journalist and publisher of; a writer for the NY Tech Council and a journalist for,. She is the communications director for the UC Berkeley NY Alumni Club and on the advisory board for the Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley; and an Entrepreneur in Residence for NY Institute of Technology CES. She is the founder of the organization Disruptive Technologists in NYC. Formerly a VP of Digital Publishing for an information technology company ( and the publishing director for a broker-dealer (Instinet), she has a BA from U.C. Berkeley, a publishing certificate from Stanford University and a summa cum laude Associate of Science degree in Web Development from the International Academy of Design and Technology.  Past publications she has created and published include The Internet Analyst (1.5M subscribers), The Telecomm Analyst (1.3M subscribers), and The Tech Briefing (acquired by Reuters).

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