I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about the democratization of data. And it’s not just data, but also computing/analysis, that’s now being utilized in what seems like every field--from law to retail to art. Data and computing are no longer just for “the precious few” – meaning scientists with advanced degrees -- but for every industry and any person.
Last week my first company got acquired (see: TerraGo Technologies Inc. ). This is a company we started with a colleague of mine at USC, Craig Knoblock, in 2005.