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Top Datapreneurs in data science


A datapreneur is an entrepreneur focused on data science. Here is a great list of datapreneurs who created Data Products, Data Science Services, Data Science Training/Education, and Data Science Communities.



  • Alex Carp (Palantir)

    palantirStarted in 2004, Palantir helps companies to find answers to the most complex questions by making products for human driven analysis of real world data. Palantir has received more than $215 million in U.S. government contract work since 2009, while FORBES estimated that the company took in about $450 million in revenue in 2013.

    alaxPalantir was founded by Alex Carp, Peter Theil, Joe Lonsdale and Stephen Cohen. Alex is the current CEO of Palantir, a Palo Alto-based software firm worth an estimated $20 billion. Alex holds has a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford University,and a doctorate in neoclassical social theory from Frankfurt University.

  • Christophe Bisciglia (Cloudera, WibiData )

    christoChristophe Bisciglia is the Founder of Cloudera, the leading developer and distributor of Hadoop, the open source software that powers the data processing engines of the world’s largest and most popular web sites and WibiData. At WibiData, he helps to create exceptional customer experiences through intelligent application of data.

    Prior, Christophe worked as a senior engineer at Google where he founded and led Google’s Academic Cloud Computing Initiative, which provides Google hosted computational resources to facilitate education and research to universities around the world. He completed his education from University of Washington.

  • Josh James (Domo)

    domoJosh founded Domo in 2010 to bring change in the process of managing business by top executives of the company by helping them to drive value from the tens of billions of dollars spent on traditional business intelligence systems.

    Prior to Domo, Josh served as CEO of Omniture, a SaaS-based web analytics company that he co-founded in 1996 and took public in 2006. Omniture was the number one returning venture investment out of 1,008 venture capital investments in 2004, as well as the number two performing technology IPO of 2006. He was named the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Brigham Young University’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Decade. In 2009, he facilitated Omniture’s sale to Adobe for $1.8 billion.

  • Dwight Merriman (MongoDB)

    dwightRecently, MongoDB has been included in the list of 17 best startups to work in America. To help people learn MongoDB, they also own MongoDB University where you’ll find training courses for every set of audience.

    MongoDB was founded by Dwight and Eliot Horowitz in the year 2007. Dwight holds a computer science degree from Miami University. In 1995, he co-founded DoubleClick (acquired by Google for $3.1 billion) and served as Chief Technology Officer for 10 years. Earlier he was Co-Founder, Chairman, and the original architect of Panther Express (merged with CDNetworks), a content distribution network (CDN) technology. Dwight is also a Co-Founder of, and investor in, Business Insider and Gilt Groupe.

  • John Schroeder (MapR)

    maprThis company relies on Apache Hadoop and claims to be the largest Hadoop distribution player that sells Hadoop projects and support services. Their core product is the MapR software that runs on clusters of commodity servers. The software is available in three editions. john

    MapR was founded in 2009 by current CEO, John Schroeder. John holds a bachelor degree in computer science from SIU. Prior to MapR, John held executive positions in number of software companies such as Calista Technologies, Rainfinity, Brio Technologies etc. Nearly 90% of MapR’s revenues are derived from subscription to their software. The company is expected is close 2015 at a revenue figure of $200 million.

  • Jonathan Ellis (Datastax)

    datastaxDatastax develops solution based on commercially supported, enterprise-ready Apache Cassandra, the open source NoSQL database technology widely-acknowledged as the best foundation for tackling the most challenging big data problems.

    jonaDatastax was co-founded by Jonathan Ellis and Matt Pfeil. This company was founded in 2010 with a motive of transform business and enable life-changing customer experiences for some of the world’s most innovative companies. The valuation of the company is over $830 million, which is more than double the valuation of the company 12 months ago. Datastax has got over 25 percent of the Fortune 100 as customers, and more than 400 customers around the world in 50 countries. Over the past 12 months, it’s been in hyper-growth mode.

Data Science Services

  • Gurjeet Singh (Ayasdi)

    ayasdiAyasdi is an advanced analytics company that provides machine learning software to Fortune 500 companies to solve their complex data challenges. Ayasdi pioneered the use of Topological Data Analysis (TDA), to simplify and accelerate complex data analysis.

    gurjeetAyasdi was founded in 2008 at Stanford. Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi’s CEO and Co-Founder. Gurjeet holds a B.Tech. from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University. Before starting Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments. Gurjeet was named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40 in 2015. Ayasdi has shown promising growth in the past few years and raised $55 million in March this year.

  • Carlos Guestrin (Dato)

    datoDato is building the fastest machine learning analytics engine for graph and tabular data sets. Its key features include ultra fast data analytics, best-in-class predictive modelling, production-ready data science.

    carlosCarlos is the CEO and co-founder of Dato (formerly GraphLab, Inc.) and the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He worked as associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Dato is the company behind the fastest and most complete platform for building predictive and intelligent applications.

  • Srikant Velamakani (Fractal)

    srikantSrikanth Velamakanni, is the Co-founder and CEO of Fractal Analytics, one of the world’s most respected pure play Analytics companies. He co-founded this company with Pranay Agarwal. Srikanth’s passion for analytics makes him a thought leader in the space, an active public speaker and evangelist at large.

    Srikanth has a BS in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Delhi and MBA degree from IIM Ahmedabad. A former investment banker, he co-founded Fractal more than 14 years ago. Prior to Fractal, he worked on structured debt transactions and collateralized bond obligations at ANZ Investment Bank and ICICI.

  • Dhiraj C. Rajaram (Mu-Sigma)

    musigmaDhiraj is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MuSigma. Dhiraj holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also received an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. He founded Musigma to build a man-machine ecosystem which helps companies institutionalize the decision supply chain.

    dhirajHe is the mastermind behind streamlining companies process and workflows to deliver profitable growth. He is known to actively lead people towards achieving organization’s vision and strategic direction, building teams, aligning organizational resources to a customer centric vision. Prior to Mu Sigma, he lent his advisory services to Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Arnab Gupta (Opera Solutions)

    operaThe beginning of Opera solution was marked by a loss in Netflix contest. After losing the netflix contest to build a recommender system, Arnab Gupta, Founder & CEO, hired data scientists to work creating Netflix-like algorithms for things that other businesses need: fraud detection, marketing, stock picking, risk management, procurement, etc.

    arnabArnab founded opera solutions in 2004 and has guided the company in becoming a premier center of Big Data science and practice. He holds a MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Prior to opera solutions, he also founded a business consulting firm Mitchell Madison Group and Zeborg, a business intelligence company. Opera is estimated to have annual revenue of $100 million.

  • Anil Kaul (AbsolutData)

    absolutedataAbsolutData was founded by Anil Kaul with Sudeshna Dutta and Suhale Kapoor in the year 2001 with offices in US and India. This firm made $20 million in revenues in the year 2013.

    Absolutdata intends to empower companies to make better decisions through optimal use of data. In 2008, Absolutdata was ranked among the fastest-growing companies in India and Asia by the ‘Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India‘ and the ‘Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific‘ programs.

    anilAnil has over twenty years of experience in marketing, strategic consulting and quantitative modeling. He has a PhD in quantitative marketing from Cornell University. He is a recognized thought leader in the industry, having published articles in leading management and academic journals such as the McKinsey Quarterly, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research and International Journal of Research in Marketing.


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