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Michael Driscoll
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To glimpse the future of the data stack, Oracle need look no further than its own backyard. Silicon Valley start-ups are embracing Hadoop, NoSQL data stores like MongoDB, and cloud platforms. Michael ...

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"Over the past 10 years, technological advances dramatically lowered the financial bar for starting a new company, but the courage bar for building a great company remains as high as it has ever been." - Ben Horowitz
I tell my kids, what is the difference between a hero and a coward? What is the difference between being yellow and being brave? No difference. Only what you do. They both feel the same. They both fea...

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"It's hard to kill a city," Geoffrey West began, "but easy to kill a company." The mean life of companies is 10 years. Cities routinely survive even nuclear bombs. And "cities are the crucible of civlization." They are the major source of innovation and wealth creation. Currently they are growing exponentially.
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oh turns out they wrote specifically on west

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A Jorge Luis Borges' short story on a kingdom whose cartographers created a map that was itself the size of the kingdom:

"On Exactitude in Science . . .

'In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.'

Suarez Miranda,Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658"

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+Brady Forrest photographed this in the Mission.

Michael E. Driscoll is the CEO and Co-Founder of Metamarkets.  Previously, he founded and led Dataspora, a business analytics consultancy in San Francisco.  He has over a decade of experience developing large-scale data platforms and inference algorithms across academia and industry with applications ranging from metal-breathing microbes to municipal real estate.

Michael has a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from Boston University, where he was a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, and an A.B. from Harvard College.

  • Harvard College
  • Boston University
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consultant, developer, data analyst
  • Metamarkets
    CTO, 2010 - present
  • Dataspora LLC
    consultant, developer, data analyst, present
  • NCBI
  • Genset
  • CustomInk
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