Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Announcing open access Hadoop book, "Hadoop illuminated"

Friends, we would like to tell you about an open source book on Hadoop, called "Hadoop illuminated." You can find it here.

We want to make learning about Hadoop and its ecosystem fun and engaging. The book is accompanied by its project on GitHub. The book is work in progress, we consider it in alpha stage. We will be updating and adding to it. Your feedback is welcome.

Please enjoy.

Sincerely yours,
Mark Kerzner and Sujee Maniyam

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Largest turnout for Houston Hadoop Meetup

Our turnout for this event was the record twenty-two people. David Smith did a wonderful job outlining R and Revolution Analytics. Here are some pictures from the meeting.

Caroline Collective (SHMsoft working space) where the Houston Hadoop Meetup takes place is a combination of startup and artistic communities, so in the photo you see both.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Houston Technology Center Champs

This past Friday I was presenting at the HTC Champs meeting. Really, I wanted to present this vision, but they convinced me that it was too far out into the future, so I had to limit to the practical today.

However, I was extremely impressed with what I heard there. The scope and the shear size of the Houston's startup atmosphere was hitherto unbeknownst to me.

Look at BioHoston. Jacqueline Northcut told about the effort to bring multiple development biotech companies to Houston, the services of 1,500 advisers provided to them, and in the case of cancer research-related companies, these services are provided for free! The SURGE accelerator (bringing to Houston tech startups that deal with energy, and paying them for it!), the TiE Houston - these were all awesome. So was the feedback. Thank you all, guys!