Panelists talk about rise of alternative data; Foursquare gets more sophisticated with Pilgrim

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By Dennis Clemente

Guests panelists talked about alternative data with Foursquare, Captricity presenting their companies

NEW YORK–Last March 1, the Data Driven meetup hosted by Matt Turck sat down with his guests to talk about about alternative data (no relation to alternative facts).

The alternative discussion consisted of Jeff Glueck, CEO of Foursquare; David Loaiza, managing director & chief data scientist of Point72; Andrej Rusakov, founder of Data Capital Management as well Matei Zatreanu, founder of System2.

Zatreanu explained alternative data as a non-traditional form of data, later adding how it’s more intuitive. Still,  many seem to be downplaying its advantages.

What are the uses of alternative data? Before handing you a credit card, banks could determine other alternative means of data if usual information is not available. This could certainly make institutions less rigid, as it helps measure different types of businesses on a case-by-case basis.

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Music sector gets more useful data, collaborations

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By Dennis Clemente

NEW YORK — “Technology is getting better that it’s allowing people to collaborate wherever they may be,” said Souheil Medaghri Alaoui, product designer of Splice.

“I see how people want to collaborate more but still want to be in charge of their work,” she said. “I think data is being more useful (in this regard),” said Cynthia Meng, engineer of Next Big Sound/Pandora.

Alaoui and Meng were in the panel that included Harry Benson, director of US Strategy of Boiler Room in a talk hosted last March 2 by New York music label and creative collective Subdrive. The talk was its first one titled “Fostering Emerging Music Communities Online and IRL (In Real Life).”

Benson, a renowned cultural marketer and creative director specializing in music, fashion, art and culture, also talked about how virtual reality is still not there when it comes to music immersion.

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