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CDO/CIO or CINO in the era of Big Data

  • Joyeeta Das, Founder & CEO
  • Mar 20, 2017

Big data is a fuzzy word - almost everyone is doing "AI" and there is a FOMO going around. Macy's, Sears are shutting down. There are seminars everywhere. How can you, as Chief Data Officer or Chief Innovation Officer or Chief Information Officer, do the right thing? It is a tough job - tougher than filming a hungry lion upfront and close.

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Fermi question - passion in a startup: what connection?

  • Joyeeta Das, Founder & CEO
  • Jan 16, 2017

Do you know how many cup-cakes will be sold in London in the month of January? If you knew even to some extent - how would that change your inventory forecast?

Enrico Fermi could calculate the size and impact of the Atomic bomb by using the distance the papers that flew from his hand, travelled to. He said "it is 10 kilotons" and currently scientists estimate the answer close to 17 kilotons.

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CEO's: Brand Evangelists or Honest Salespeople?

  • Laurence Cruse, Talent head & HR
  • Dec 19, 2016

Let’s first understand the difference between evangelism and sales. We’ll consider this from the perspective of a startup, rather than a Multi National Corporation (MNC).

An evangelist Is a person who builds support for a given technology, then establishes it as a standard in the given industry.

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WHY B2B IS A DIFFERENT GAME TO B2C

  • Laurence Cruse, Talent head & HR
  • Dec 12, 2016

Knowing who you’re going to sell to is, unsurprisingly, an important point to clarify when you’re setting out to start a business. Whilst ‘everyone’ is a popular choice, it unfortunately needs to be a bit more refined than that – most notably – will you sell to businesses or consumers?

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WHY DIVERSITY IS IMPORTANT - EVEN IN EARLY STAGE STARTUPS

  • Laurence Cruse, Talent head & HR
  • Dec 01, 2016

These terms had little recognition in mainstream thinking (with businesses being particular offenders) right up until the civil rights movements of the 1960’s. Slowly, so slowly, we moved towards a more progressive society as these ideals began to gain coverage and proactive efforts were made to incorporate them into the economic and political landscapes.

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6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DO YOUR INTERNSHIP IN A START-UP

  • Holly Carter, Intern
  • Aug 26, 2016

I’m currently doing an internship at a start-up called Gyana, based in The Shard, London. The big question I get asked when I tell people I’m working in a start up is: why? What’s better about working in a start-up compared to an already established company? Now, both have their advantages, but here are a few reasons I have compiled as to why I picked a start-up: ...

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DOES YOUR DEGREE AFFECT YOUR OXFORD START-UP?

  • Holly Carter, Intern
  • Aug 25, 2016

With the new #StartedinOxford campaign on the go, I thought I’d have a look at some of the businesses that did in fact start in Oxford. As you can expect, many of the companies are continuations of individuals’ degree and PhD studies. Examples of this include Run3D; a technology allowing analysis of a runner’s gait to detect abnormalities leading to injury, which...

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WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS MODEL?

  • Joyeeta Das, Founder & CEO
  • Jul 24, 2016

Almost everyone I know, regardless of their status in my life, have taken it upon themselves to "prepare me for the real world"---in the last couple of years right from people who sat next to me in a plane to my Uber driverI have heard the same thing...over and over again. "So how will you make money?"...

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BREXIT : HUMANS PLUS DATA !

  • David Kell, Co-founder & CTO
  • Jun 30, 2016

At Gyana, data is alive, it is not just an inorganic mass of numbers but alive and breathing, generated by real people. So when we wanted to understand Brexit from a central London perspective- we not only used inorganic numbers, we actually went out on the streets, roamed in the rain and spoke to people to affirm, deny or challenge the data...

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OUR CULTURE ISN'T JUST A REFLECTION OF US - IT'S OUR DNA

  • Laurence Cruse, Talent head & HR
  • Apr 18, 2016

Fantastical creature themed slippers are not typical manifestations of a company culture, but we took it upon ourselves to make it so. Our team has a ‘no shoes, slippers only’ policy in the office, which we've used as an opportunity to laugh at ourselves, inject some colour into our daily goings on, and occasionally make visitors wonder if coming to see us was actually a good idea (suits and owl slippers make for a fabulous combo...

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