Kristen Nicole

Named by Forbes as a top influencer in Big Data, Kristen Nicole is currently a Senior Editor at got her start with 606tech, a Chicago blog she dedicated to the social media space, going on to become the lead writer and Field Editor at Mashable.

Kristen Nicole has also contributed to other publications, from TIME Techland to Forbes. Her work has been syndicated across a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, and MSNBC.

Kristen Nicole published her first book, The Twitter Survival Guide, and is currently completing her second book on predictive analytics.

Latest from Kristen Nicole

Apache Spark’s growth creates new opportunities – and challenges | #SparkSummit

Machine learning has benefited the open-source world of data management over the past year. In particular, Databricks Inc. has enhanced the Apache Spark big data platform with intelligent automation and speed through consolidated code. Spark is expected to grow its influence in enterprise information technology environments, continuing to close complexity gaps in the Hadoop open-source ecosystem […]

Predictions 2017: The year of IoT, self-serve software and the data protection officer

As if 2016 weren’t volatile enough for the technology industry, the coming year is likely to be even more interesting, thanks to everything from a very unpredictable new U.S. president to a confluence of trends ranging from artificial intelligence to virtual reality to the continued rise of the cloud. This is the latest in a series […]

The right to deceive: Do sensor trackers just make us better liars?

Sensor data tells on us, detailing our behaviors in the form of digital evidence. In today’s data-hype economy, digital evidence is the currency of truth, spent on real-time marketing and product research. It’s all to the benefit of big business, where demand for unfiltered truth in data is changing the very nature of the transaction. […]

Hype check: Why self-driving cars’ long-term impact is underestimated

Connected car makers are getting a reality check. Pilot programs for fully and semi-autonomous self-driving cars have ignited a hype cycle that’s turning in on itself, with even well-funded initiatives from Apple Inc. dialing down expectations. Perhaps interested parties, from Tesla Motors Inc. to Ford Motor Co., are coming to terms with the real-world challenges of revolutionizing all things familiar and known about transportation. Fortunately […]

Beyond the software-defined networking hype: Insight from Ignition Partners’ newest VC

While software has defined today’s IT landscape, it remains an innovation challenge for the networking industry. Why? The physical characteristics of networking infrastructure make it difficult to operate and secure using one of the cloud’s primary drivers for innovation, open source software. That’s according to Ignition Partner’s newest Principal Preeti Rathi, whose tenure in product […]

The Land of Variables: IoT’s map to monetization

Tricky thing, monetizing the Internet of Things. Certainly, subscription services and usage-based rate plans are among the most discussed methods of IoT monetization, but declining consumer interest has left the market in a lull. IoT is caught between the initial hype and the projected promise of a connected world, as consumers pull back on device […]

Destroy to create: How one CEO innovates in object storage, open source

While VMworld 2016 is now in the rearview mirror, some major partnership announcements emerged from within the conference halls. One such announcement partnered cloud and object storage company Scality, Inc. with hosting and Internet infrastructure provider OVH. This new go-to-market team-up will provide enterprises large and small a solution to handle large-scale storage needs. This […]

Where’s the money in IoT? Start with real-time data

When it comes to monetizing the Internet of Things’ vast network of sensors and activity logs, the assumption is there’s value in the data. Value, however, can be a highly subjective lens for crafting IoT’s ecosystem bound to overlap with nearly every industry imaginable. One company wants to make data more available within organizations, a […]

How can AIs study you while keeping all your secrets? Neura CEO explains

Updated: There’s more data being collected on you than companies know what to do with. Dubbed the “data lake”, this growing repository of information bears the promise of better business and improved customer service. But what do you get in exchange for the data shared? Organizations across industries are increasingly turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine […]

Samsung’s new earbuds track fitness data: Biometrics whiz explains hearables

Is the ear a more accurate body part than the wrist for collecting biometric fitness data? Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is exploring the possibilities, signing a major deal with Valencell, Inc. to power its Samsung Gear IconX cord-free fitness earbuds, announced today. With a global wearables market projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 35 percent […]