Join Pittsburgh's big data start-ups and national and regional big data investors for an informative, high quality exchange of ideas and sharing of lessons learned from investing in and building companies in the field of data analytics.

Unlike other events involving venture capitalists and start-ups, this is neither a demo day event nor a pitch contest. Investors we spoke with unanimously indicated interest in having a meaningful dialog and relationship building opportunity with entrepreneurs, independent of investment opportunity.

An engaging, interactive format provides learning opportunities, a networking luncheon, one-on-one ‘curated’ meetings between the investors and entrepreneurs and a broader showcase of local, innovative technologies and projects.

Joining the session are national VCs in the big data space from Accel, Atlas Ventures, Google Ventures, as well as local investors such as Draper Triangle, Innovation Works, and Birchemere Capital.

A deep roster of local companies in the data analytics space will be present. Meet well-funded startups by repeat entrepreneurs like Avere (Ron Bianchini, founder of Spinnaker Networks) and Duolingo (Luis Van Anh, founder of ReCaptcha), fast growing start-ups like CivicScience and Safaba, promising seed-funded ventures like PoweredAnalytics and Webkite and leaders from recent exits such as BodyMedia (now Jawbone) and Vivisimo (now IBM Big Data Lab).

Venue: University Club, Ballroom B
Date: Nov 14, 2013
Time: 8:30a – 2:00p


  • 08:30 - 09:00AM         Registration / Networking
  • 09:00 - 09:30AM         Keynote - Christopher Lynch, Technology, Atlas Ventures
  • 09:30 - 10:00AM         Keynote - Dmitriy Rayaboy, Analytics Infrastructure, Twitter
  • 10:00 - 10:45AM         'Unpitch' presentations by 8 start-up leaders:
                                        Civic Science, Community Elf, DuoLingo,  PoweredAnalytics,
                                        PHRQL, Safaba, Tiramisu Transit, Webkite
  • 10:45 - 11:30AM          Big Data Showcase
  • 11:30 - 12:30PM          Panel Discussion: Moderated by Mickey McManus, CEO, MAYA Design
                                        Severin Hacker, CTO, Duolingo,
                                        Mike Kazar, CTO, Avere Systems
                                        Christine Robins, CEO, BodyMedia (now Jawbone)
                                        Shanna Tellerman, Partner, Google Ventures
                                        Ned Renzi, Partner, Birchmere Ventures
  • 12:30 - 01:30PM         Lunch Break
  • 01:00 - 02:00PM         One-on-one meetings between investors and start-ups (by invitation only) 

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Many thanks to the following Pittsburgh Dataworks Board/Advisory Committee members and volunteers for organizing this event: 

Mike Capsambellis, Product Manager, Google

Saman Haqqi, Program Dir, Big Data Marketing, IBM

Alexandros Labrinidis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh

Jerome Pesenti, Chief Scientist, Big Data, IBM

John Quayle, Quayle Creative Consulting

Andrew Clay Shafer

Jennifer Wilhelm, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategist, Urban Redevelopment Authority


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