Are these the best startups and biggest trends in big data? You decide

Written on:September 14, 2013
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The infrastructure layer of big data is largely solved, which means startups that want to make a difference might need to look up at applications and analytics. So says veteran entrepreneur, investor and founding Vertica Systems CEO Andy Palmer, who was a guest on our Structure Show podcast this week, opining about all things startup.

Palmer lives in Boston and is very familiar with the startups there, but he has his eye on Silicon Valley, too. These are some of the trends, companies and projects he thinks are the hottest right now, but be sure to listen to the whole show to hear even more — including a lesson on the importance of public transportation to a thriving startup scene.

Data integration/curation

  • Trifacta (Read our profile here.)
  • Data Tamer (Note: Palmer is a co-founder.)


  • R Studio
  • WibiData (Read our latest coverage here.)
  • Recorded Future


  • D3.js
  • Fathom Information Design
  • Processing

Database as a service

  • Cloudant (Note: Palmer is on the board.)
  • Amazon DynamoDB (According to Palmer, “It’s [already] one of the most successful services in the AWS portfolio.”)
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Anything document oriented (e.g., any MongoDB service)

Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list of cool startups or hot trends (mine wouldn’t look exactly the same), but think it’s pretty good. Listen, assess and share your thoughts in the comments.

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