Author: John Biggs

Piwic raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics

You know when you set up a website and you add a Google Analytics tracker to see how many visitors you have? What you’re actually doing is giving Google and other parties access to your stats and users. Sure there are privacy protections in place and things aren’t all that bad but what if your website or app is particularly sensitive? Then you use something like Piwik or, now, Piwik Pro. Piwik is a completely free and open source analytics software akin to Webalizer, the analytics tool of choice for websites circa 1999. Piwik is the next generation of that product and the name sounds like “little beer” in Polish, which is also pretty exciting. Created by Maciej Zawadziński and Piotr Korzeniowski Piwik is a proudly Polish product and is quite popular with the security conscious set. They recently raised capital from the Warsaw Equity Group to bring out a new “marketing technology suite that will provide data-sensitive companies with 100% control of their data and compliance with privacy regulations.” “Piwik PRO is developing a comprehensive marketing technology stack, which includes web and mobile analytics, a data management platform, tag management, and content personalization. This marketing suite will provide any enterprise or organization 100 percent data ownership and privacy compliance in an on-premise or cloud environment,” said Zawadziński. Zawadziński started one of the first blog advertising platforms in Poland...

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Piwic raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics

You know when you set up a website and you add a Google Analytics tracker to see how many visitors you have? What you’re actually doing is giving Google and other parties access to your stats and users. Sure there are privacy protections in place and things aren’t all that bad but what if your website or app is particularly sensitive? Then you use something like Piwik or, now, Piwik Pro. Piwik is a completely free and open source analytics software akin to Webalizer, the analytics tool of choice for websites circa 1999. Piwik is the next generation of that product and the name sounds like “little beer” in Polish, which is also pretty exciting. Created by Maciej Zawadziński and Piotr Korzeniowski Piwik is a proudly Polish product and is quite popular with the security conscious set. They recently raised capital from the Warsaw Equity Group to bring out a new “marketing technology suite that will provide data-sensitive companies with 100% control of their data and compliance with privacy regulations.” “Piwik PRO is developing a comprehensive marketing technology stack, which includes web and mobile analytics, a data management platform, tag management, and content personalization. This marketing suite will provide any enterprise or organization 100 percent data ownership and privacy compliance in an on-premise or cloud environment,” said Zawadziński. Zawadziński started one of the first blog advertising platforms in Poland...

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In the future there will be mindclones

This an exciting excerpt from the new book Thinking Machines by Like Dormehl. The book offers a detailed history of primitive machine learning and a dense and fascinating look at the future of true artificial intelligence. The book is available now. Marius Ursache wants you to live forever. It’s not a shock to find out that, in an industry that skews as young as tech, few people spend much time thinking about death. This is, after all, a walk of life in which twenty-one- year-olds are already onto their second startup, billionaires are minted by twenty- five and even Steve Jobs once fretted about whether people older than thirty were capable of achieving anything of lasting significance. As a result, the idea of growing old and dying is, for most Silicon Valley denizens, the furthest thing from their mind. As a former medic from Romania, Ursache thinks about death more than most people. He has even turned it into a job. As the creator and founder of a startup called Eterni.me, he spends his days working toward the dream of building Artificially Intelligent 3- D avatars: digital beings that will look, sound and, most important of all, act like individuals who are no longer with us. Ursache’s journey began several years ago when he became fascinated by the game Second Life, a vast online virtual world created by the...

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Cubspot finds camps and classes for your wee ones

Cubspot: come for the “EdTech SaaS marketplace” but stay for the opportunity to find camps and classes for your kids this summer. Cubspot is the brainchild of Rachael Shayne, a former brand manager for Nestle, The North Face, and Oakley. Over a bottle of wine she and her friends talked about how hard it was to find classes for their kids in the summer. “We talked about how ridiculous it is that our kids seem to be constantly out of school and the torture of finding the best, right, camps and classes to nurture them in a way that allows parents to work and excel professionally,” she said. “Realizing how fractured the marketplace was, we knew we could automate the process using software.” The company has raised $500,000 in seed and is looking at some solid traction in early betas. The key, said Shayne, is the focus on the parents and not the providers. While the providers have plenty of wonky places to post their offerings, no one wants to use them. By focusing on the parents and offering them a quick and easy way to pick a class or camp they give everyone a more streamlined and pleasant experience. As it stands, booking a camp is a pain. “Even building better vertical software for providers will also help parents who universally despise the camp and classes booking process....

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