Data for data's sake is powerless. It's only when end users are given access to the data to gain insights, see trends and make predictions that the data can actually tell a story. In this way, data becomes a bridge to knowledge.
Excelerate has been very successful in finding, funding and supporting young Chicago companies. With the announcement its third class, I'm applying data-driven comparison to the largest startup incubator in the second city.
Understanding that the college decision-making process is a very personal one, FindTheBest -- a data-driven comparison engine -- has compiled its first annual "Best Colleges For You" list in 8 categories.
The fact that Americans skimp on time-off means that vacations need to be relaxing and restorative rather than hectic: No more running from city to city only to return home needing another break. It also means that the barrier to entry has to be lowered.
Many people have expressed outrage by penny auctions and the way in which they lure in oftentimes unknowing participants. Some critics are calling for such sites to be shut down, or at least regulated, equating it to gambling without oversight.
Many people see great inventions as lucky breaks that simply fall into the laps of innovators. In reality, there are several steps that go into coming up with a great idea, let alone turning that idea into a successful product.