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Quandl Presents at Strata Data Conference 2017

Thinking of attending Strata Data Conference New York 2017? We’re excited to announce that on September 26, Quandl’s Chief Data Officer, Abraham Thomas, will be presenting a talk on logistics data. Entitled “Oh buoy! How data science improves shipping intelligence for hedge funds,” Thomas's presentation will delve into the many ways hedge funds use supply chain and logistics data to predict a pattern or movement in a specific security. This is an exciting area for data scientists today as financial professionals are ever-hungry for new sources of exhaust data to fuel their trading algorithms. Thomas’ talk will take place at...

Webinar: How to Commercialize Your Data [Video]

Many companies come to us wondering if and how they can generate revenue from their existing data. It's a rather lengthy process, but one that can be lucrative for prospective providers. To help those looking to make the most from their data, we recently hosted a webinar entitled, “How to Commercialize Your Data,” presented by Quandl’s Chief Data Officer Abraham Thomas and featuring Forrester Principal Analyst Dr. Jennifer Belissent. According to Forrester’s 2017 Data and Analytics survey, 48% of companies are currently commercializing their data — up from 32% last year. This is to say that data supply is an...

Data Monetization: Pricing Your Data Product

Pricing Your Data Product You’ve built your data product and are ready to put it on the market. You’ve done your due diligence, making sure that your data is clean, predictive and completely scrubbed of sensitive information. You’ve created great relationships with hedge funds and consultants. Everything seems to be in order until you make that first call with a potential client. They ask, “How much do you charge for your data?” In other words, is there any logic to the way you are pricing your data product. What do you charge, indeed: Is your asking price too high, too...

Data Monetization: Marketing and Selling Your Data Product

In the last post, we covered compliance concerns and data privacy and discussed what hedge funds expect in their data products. In this post, let's assume your product is fully developed and ready to be sold. Just get your marketing team on it, right? Not exactly. Even if you're a data company, marketing and selling data products to Wall Street is a unique process. Active managers make their wealth partly by keeping their circles closed. Therefore, despite having successfully productized your data assets, you may still not be able to penetrate the coterie that is Wall Street — your key demographic....

Data Monetization: Compliance and Privacy

In our previous post, we completed our discussion of data productization, focusing on the importance of robust delivery systems and packaging. Next, we will discuss the data compliance and privacy concerns most often expressed by data providers. The media has made much of datasets used by Wall Street that are not “anonymized”, but the reality is that professional investors do not care one bit about an individual’s information. They only care about data that moves markets. That Lucy Morgan, 37, of Louisville, Kentucky just bought six family-sized bars of Hershey’s chocolate using her MasterCard at Costco does not interest them in...

Going Once, Going Twice: Alternative Data Gives IronPlanet Acquisition Second Take

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSE:RBA) (NYSE:RBA), the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, released its first earnings announcement yesterday after its May 2017 acquisition of IronPlanet for USD 750m. The reported EPS of USD 0.33 and USD 166.19m revenue handily beat the consensus estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, which called for adjusted EPS of USD 0.31 on revenue of USD 163.4m. The stock has responded by rallying over 8% in next-day trading. We believe that analysts underestimated the results because they lacked insight into the boost in gross merchandise volume (GMV) that the IronPlanet acquisition provided. Ritchie Bros. has underperformed the...

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