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Digital Ecosystems

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Financial Services

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Smart Cities and Transportation

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Articles tagged with: big data

Peer-to-peer lending and financial innovation in the United Kingdom

Written by David Bholat on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending — direct lending between lenders and borrowers online outside traditional financial intermediaries like banks — first emerged in the United Kingdom and the world with the launch of Zopa in 2005. Our paper provides a quantitative analysis of nearly 14 million loan agreements. We lay bare the history of P2P lending from its beginning, showing the regional geography of P2P lending in the United Kingdom. We suggest that the history of P2P lending can shed light on financial innovation in general. We base our conclusions on four semi-structured interviews with the founders of the three most significant UK P2P platforms (Zopa, RateSetter, and Funding Circle).

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Interview with Nadeem Sheikh, Opower's International Senior Vice President & General Manager

Written by Glede Jung on Friday, 18 March 2016.

Opower (NYSE: OPWR) is an enterprise software company that helps utilities elevate the customer experience. Energy providers use Opower’s customer engagement platform to deliver proactive, digital communications that raise customer satisfaction, manage energy demand, and lower service costs.

large Nadeem 101Nadeem Sheikh is the company’s International Senior Vice President & General Manager leading business in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region (including Japan, Australia, and New Zealand), and the Middle East. In this role, he oversees all aspects of Opower’s growth strategy as well as day-to-day operations outside the Americas. Nadeem has also led Opower’s teams in Singapore and Tokyo, and also co-founded Opower’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining Opower, Nadeem was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was a founding member of the firm’s Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice. Working across Europe, Asia, and the US, Nadeem developed the firm’s foundational thinking on the marketing of “green” products to consumers, and managed McKinsey’s market research on consumer behavior, sustainability, and product design. Nadeem also led high-profile client projects in the energy, consumer electronics, automotive, and retail industries, designing and developing new consumer products and services. Nadeem has also held roles at Accenture Technology Ventures, Lufthansa Airlines, and the German Federal government. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Now that the introductions have been made, let's take a closer look at what makes this company so successful. 


Étude de cas: un grand groupe technologique

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Friday, 05 February 2016.

La disruption c’est un changement de paradigme où de nouveaux acteurs voient le jour grâce à leurs offres novatrices.

Small Business, Big Opportunities – Why Entrepreneurs Are Fast Realising the Value of Big Data

Written by Darius Alexander on Monday, 20 July 2015.

For creationists it was the Big Bang, for astronomers the Big Dipper, now something ‘Big’ and wholly universal has taken centre stage – Big Data. Whether you’re an investor, marketer, mad man or math man, Big Data – that is, the collection, aggregation, analysis, use and, ultimately, monetisation of information and personal data – has fast become a valuable asset for both big business and, even more so, for entrepreneurs. So what’s all the fuss about?

Data Enrichment - the nail in the coffin for legacy analytics

Written by Laurence Armiger on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.

For the past two decades organisations have been looking to delve deeper into customer information in order to improve retention and drive up sales. The Big Data phenomenon has simply reinforced the importance of transforming business through data, with organisations looking to enrich internal data sets with the addition of new, increasingly open, data sources.

From weather to crime, smart meters and traffic, the diversity of open data sources is incredibly exciting. But it is also creating a challenge. Not every data set will deliver significant incremental value; it may take 20, 50, even 100 different data sources before a company hits on the killer piece of information that delivers real business transformation. So how can organisations experiment with this data quickly and efficiently without incurring the untenable costs associated with traditional data analytics?

Forget “Big Data”, it’s all about Big Relevance

Written by Prof. Steven Van Belleghem on Friday, 08 May 2015.

Most people in business will have heard the phrase "Big Data" over the last couple of years. It is the buzz word of the moment, as leaders have woken up to the power and value of data, especially as so many companies go through their own digital transformation.

Strangely, however, levels of investment in data management don't currently seem to reflect this buzz, and a study by McKinsey showed only half of the top managers questioned thought that their company's current level of investment in big data was enough to guarantee the success of their transformation. So what should companies really be doing to make the most of "Big Data"?

CODE_n – Into the Internet of Things

Written by Clara Hosshage on Wednesday, 11 March 2015.

On Wednesday 4th March EntrepreneurCountry Content was invited to the sneak peak of the latest happenings in IoT and Industry 4.0 in relation to the CODE_n_Contest - a global innovation platform and competition for technology start-ups. We had the pleasure of meeting start-up entrants such as Nwave, Oden Technologies, Insulin Angel and last year's winner Viewsy. All active in the IoT sector, which is currently creating immense opportunities for new innovations to blossom. IoT will be part of shaping the future of what is possible for our lives and our communities on a local, national and ultimately global scale.

Roman Stanek - The Serial Entrepreneur Taking Ideas to the Clouds

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Roman Stanek, one of the founding Ariadne Capital investing members, was born during the Communist regime in former Czechslovakia. His entrepreneurial streak started early - shortly after graduating from the Czech Technical University in Prague, he began building businesses. Despite not having access to a computer at school, he distributed U.S. software in Eastern Europe – but with the rise of the internet and the ability to download software online, his business vanished. However the idea that trade links between Eastern Europe and the US were strengthening inspired Roman to pursue this line of business again.

Innovation and the Importance of Privacy

Written by Amit Pau on Friday, 21 November 2014.

entrepreneurcountry hosted a highly successful David and Goliath dinner on the 17th of November in Cardiff, meeting with Goliaths that boasted collective 2013 revenues of $100bn - including Airbus, General Dynamics, and Royal Mint. They were joined by a number of Davids - leading entrepreneurs ready to 'dance' with Goliaths. The dinner's stimulating debates centred around business innovation, cyber-security and analytics, and big data.

Big Data - Not Just For Big Businesses

Written by Ioana Hreninciuc on Tuesday, 03 June 2014.

Big data is one of the most discussed terms in business and technology over the past few years. One of the reasons it has attracted so much hype is because it highlights a striking examples of the gulf between the workplace and life outside. In the wider world, knowledge discovery is an immediate and rewarding process thanks to the sophistication of Internet search. By contrast most businesses remain swamped with data they can't readily combine, mine or interpret. This is inhibiting their ability to innovate and compete.

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