I’ve been investing in Big Data, before there was such a label, since 2003: StreamBase, Vertica (sold to HP), Goby (sold to Telenav), VoltDB and Paradigm4. All of these projects have been with database pioneer Mike Stonebraker. So, I feel up to speed on the sector.
But, I’m not at all politically active. I’m a registered Independent and try to focus on each issue on its own rather than on “party lines.” I’m also cynical about government in general.
So, I was curious about what to expect.
I was surprised to find that the discussion was very interesting and relevant. There were a few very successful entrepreneurs there, EMC CTO Jeff Nick, 1 VC, and people from various state entities. It was a cross-pollination discussion between the private and public sectors.
We walked away with some new ideas. More important, I think the two groups walked away with greater respect for each other.
I was intrigued. I’m eager to learn more.