05.18.10

Web 3.0 & Disruptive Technology

Posted in Denver, SemanticWeb at 11:11 am by elliot

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.

Web 3.0 from Kate Ray on Vimeo.

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!

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01.04.10

Colorado Technology & Entrepreneurship

Posted in Boulder, Colorado, Companies, Denver at 1:02 pm by elliot

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.

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10.27.08

American President

Posted in Colorado, Denver at 9:56 am by elliot

Colorado has been buzzing with political activity this year: the Democratic National Convention, rallies, protests, volunteers knocking on doors — you name it.

Yesterday my wife and I went to an Obama rally in Denver.  We were two of around 100,000 folks in attendence.

Regardless of your political persuasion, stuff like this should make you proud.  People taking part in the political process at this level is just amazing.

09.02.08

Boulder NewTech Demo

Posted in Boulder, Denver, Events, Meetup, Uncategorized at 9:14 am by elliot

I’m going to be up in Boulder Colorado tonight demoing a preview of my company’s new AlchemyGrid service. The demo will be at the monthly Boulder / Dever New Technology Meetup event.

Be sure and say hello if you’re at the meetup!

08.29.08

Farewell DNC

Posted in Denver, Events, Uncategorized at 4:40 pm by elliot

What a week this has been for Denver. Farewell Democratic National Convention, it’s been fun!

The DNC has been a great opportunity to shine the national spotlight on Denver and the greater Rocky Mountain West. The city did a fantastic job as host, and the exposure for Colorado has been great!

06.10.08

Denver Trends

Posted in Denver at 12:43 pm by elliot

Nothing like seeing a positive trend continue.

Around a year ago, I posted some yearly crime statistics for my home city of Denver, showing drops in both violent and property crimes compared to the prior year.

This year’s stats were recently posted, showing an 11.2% decrease in property crimes, and a 14.7% decrease in violent crimes. That’s great news.  Keep it up, Denver!

01.21.08

IMAX: The Alps

Posted in Denver, Personal at 12:54 pm by elliot

Over the weekend I went to see a new IMAX film at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science: “The Alps”.

Some really amazing imagery. Like most IMAX films, you could watch the whole thing on mute and still walk away feeling fulfilled.

Information on this film (including trailers & showtimes) is available here:

01.11.08

Colorado Tech Meetups

Posted in Boulder, Denver, Events, Meetup at 9:11 am by elliot

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!

11.04.07

Defrag Tomorrow!

Posted in Defrag, Denver, ImplicitWeb at 11:05 pm by elliot

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!

10.11.07

Defrag Conference

Posted in Defrag, Denver, ImplicitWeb at 10:17 am by elliot

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!

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