I’ve always been fascinated by data — both of the companies I’ve founded have addressed aspects of the “data overload” problem. The first, MimeStar, developed NIDS (Network Intrusion Detection System) technology that analyzed gigabits of network traffic every second, reconstructing every IP frame, TCP session, and application-layer protocol stream — looking for computer intrusions and other inappropriate activity. MimeStar was acquired in early 2000 and our products are still protecting government and corporate networks 10 years later. NIDS is fascinating technology, reducing massive packet flows down to intelligible event/activity streams & security alerts.
My present company builds natural language processing (computational linguistics) technology to make sense of the huge quantities of unstructured text residing across the web and within company data warehouses. We’re helping build the semantic web, by “bootstrapping” unstructured content into a form that is understandable by machines. NLP is an exciting space, with real disruption potential. It’s becoming a critical technology for Semantic & Web 3.0 applications/services.
What’s that? You haven’t heard of the Semantic Web? Check out this fantastic video, created by Kate Ray of NYU. Her short documentary does a great job of summing up many of the drivers behind the Semantic Web (such as data overload), and touches upon many of the future applications of this technology.
If disruptive innovation, artificial intelligence, and Web 3.0 are your bread-and-butter, AlchemyAPI is currently hiring. We’re based in Denver, CO and are growing rapidly. Join our team and help build the next generation of semantic technology!
Colorado has a truly vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Everywhere you look, new startup companies are being formed to solve interesting technology and clean energy problems. I cannot stress how much this is truly the case — in my neighborhood, on my street, there are at least three entrepreneurs involved with startup companies. Truly amazing.
Some talented folks put together a video that details aspects of the startup / technology scene in Boulder, a close neighbor of Denver, CO. Boulder is a fantastic place (my company has a number of customers in Boulder, so I’m up there quite often). If you’re interested in what it’s like to work in a technology startup in Boulder, check out this video:
If you’re interested in forming a technology / clean-tech startup and are looking to plant some roots, check out Colorado. Denver, and its northern cousin, Boulder, are fantastic places to run a startup.
Colorado is lucky to be blessed with an exciting entrepreneurial scene and a solid local technology base. This really shows if you take the time to visit one of the great Tech Meetups in the area, and take a look at the other folks who are in attendance. A truly great group of people.
I’ve made it up to the Boulder Meetup a few times (attempted to go to the January event but was thwarted by bad traffic on highway 36), but haven’t ever gone to a Denver event. From the looks of the following blog post, we should start seeing some additional events in Denver soon:
I’m going to try and make it out to more of these events in the near future. If you see me in the crowd, be sure and say hello!
Tomorrow (Nov.5th) is the beginning of the Defrag Conference, here in Denver Colorado.
Bottom line: Defrag is a conference about solving the “augmentation” of how we turn loads of information into layers of knowledge; about the “aha” moment of the brainstorm. As such, it encompasses many technologies we’re all familiar with (wikis, blogs, search) and many new, developing technologies (context, relevance, next-level discovery) — and tries to see them all through a new prism.
I’ll be there, so if you’re attending — be sure and say Hello!
If you haven’t heard already, a new conference on Implicit Web topics will be held Nov. 5-6, in Denver, Colorado:
Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the “aha” moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, “social” networking, collaboration and business intelligence. Defrag is not a version number. Rather it’s a gathering place for the growing community of implementers, users, builders and thinkers that are working on the next wave of software innovation.
This conference is being organized by Eric Norlin, who has been blogging on implicit web topics for a while now. I’ve started getting to know Eric via e-mail and look forward to meeting him and other Implicit Web folks in person at this conference.
If you haven’t registered for Defrag already, do it here. See everyone at the conference!