Mergeflow CEO and OODA Network Member Florian Wolf on “Small Data” (Part 1 of 2)
On multiple occasions, OODA Network member Florian Wolf has presented to the OODA Network membership on the topic of small data. An evangelist and subject matter expert on the topic, Wolf is the CEO of Mergeflow, a company he founded in 2007, where he is responsible for company strategy and product design. Wolf has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from MIT and is a former research associate in Computer Science and Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Some of his work at MIT was funded by DARPA and he is a member of the Global Panel at MIT Technology Review. Mergeflow initially developed analytics software for hedge fund investors, including some of what today is called “alternative data” (news, blogs, and social media). But, according to the Mergeflow website:
“…then the financial crisis raged, and customers started to skimp. Mergeflow’s small team was forced to rethink and pivot the entire company. Eventually, after exploring all kinds of options and possibilities, they met with a team at Siemens Corporate Technology that wanted to automate and scale some of their technology scouting activities. This project began as a proof-of-concept, but Mergeflow’s team quickly realized that this was exactly what they wanted to do all along: The perfect combination of “building cutting-edge analytics software” and “helping solve fascinating, and often somewhat hidden, challenges across a wide variety of tech sectors”. Today, Mergeflow’s software is used by companies worldwide to discover and explore emerging technologies, companies, ideas, experts, and new markets.
With this strategic, creative, and technical agility in mind, we recently checked in with Florian on all things machine learning and “small data”.
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