Alternative Data

Alternative Data for Predicting Geopolitical Risk

A machine learning algorithm is only as good as the data you use to train it with. That’s why any company that has a large proprietary data set can now start to extract exclusive insights from it, something that in the olden days we used to call “data mining.” Nowadays, it’s all about trying to predict the […]

Tracking Cell Phone Locations with Geospatial Data

When you work in sales, one of the things you’ll learn is how to handle objections. While we simply see objections as legitimate reasons for why we may not want to buy a product, the salesperson sees objections as hurdles they need to get through before your John Hancock inevitably adorns the contract. Some objections […]

Alternative Data for Finance and Investing

We’ve all heard some variation of the adage about how 98% of the world’s data was created in the past two years, and at the rate the Internet of Things (IoT) is developing, that should continue to hold true. A firm out there has now developed an IoT sensor that can actually power itself using […]

Using Satellites to Forecast Metals and Commodity Prices

You can be a tech firm with the most innovative product on the planet, but the only way you’re going to sell that product is if people know about it. You can spend loads of money paying some mediocre PR firm to cold-call 1,000 different media outlets with a “pitch” – essentially a request for journalists […]

A Bloomberg Terminal Alternative That Uses AI

Going to business school is a great time to “pivot” your present career into something more exciting and more lucrative. Among the target jobs that freshly minted MBAs pursue, careers in finance top the list when it comes to something that will impress your family and get you laid dates. Business schools often have a […]

Psychographics: What is It and How Does It Work?

Remember the days when marketing was simply getting a plastic Made-in-China toy in your Happy Meal or watching a busty supermodel and an unshaven dude with a six-pack sell soft drinks, beer or whatever? Sure, advertising has grown more sophisticated over the years, often involving the study of such things as demographics (like age or […]

ClimaCell Weather Data Comes from Cellular Networks

In today’s on-demand society, we want instant gratification, whether it’s hailing an Uber or streaming Netflix. Having to wait more than five minutes for anything these days could be grounds for a lawsuit. The same attitude extends to our need for data in the Information Age. Our hyper-connected, sensor-laden world collects terabytes of data every […]

How to Invest in the China Social Credit Score

About a year ago or so, we noticed how emerging technologies and investment opportunities in China are becoming increasingly important for technology investors to stay on top of. There are about 1.3 billion reasons for that, but we’ll list a few here outside of the 10 ways the communist-cum-capitalist country is already beating the United States in […]

What3Words: What Three Words Are You?

We’re always looking for new and exciting disruptive technologies and most of these are very difficult to understand at first look. Concepts like synthetic biology or gene editing are extremely complex, and we look to understand these technologies well enough so that we can identify viable investment opportunities. There are highly educated and highly paid […]