Videos, Pictures & Highlights from The 2017 New York R Conference

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With New York City’s rich history of data science across diverse industries, it is no surprise that our New York R Conference has grown into one of NYC's top data science conferences.

Every April, we welcome a sold-out crowd of over 300 people for 2 full days of leading talks from some of the best data scientists in the world, connecting diverse domains and industries from the world's leading startups to Fortune 1000s and academia. Check out all of the talks and slides, now live on the R Conference website.

Co-hosted with our friends at Lander Analytics and now in its 3rd consecutive year, our conference spanned 25 sessions, covering prominent themes like how to incorporate R into current workflows, the latest and greatest developments around the language, the best use-cases for analyses, and the insights gained from novel data sets.

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Breaking Records, Enterprise Fundings Are up Nearly 80% in Q1 2017

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After a lackluster year for enterprise technology venture capital investments, 2017 kicked off with a record breaking quarter for enterprise technology startups.

Following 4 straight quarters of decreasing investment, investors poured a record-breaking $5 billion dollars into enterprise technology startups in the first quarter of 2017 alone – a nearly 80% increase from the previous quarter – across a record number of 237 deals.

These enterprise startups – solving problems for world’s largest companies around data & analytics, cloud-native infrastructure, cybersecurity, and AI-powered business applications for the future workplace – are building businesses by capturing some of the close to $3.5 trillion that the Global 1000 and Fortune 500 spend every year on software and technology.

And they’re having a moment. Coming on the heels of Cisco’s massive $3.7B acquisition of AppDynamics right before their public offering earlier this year – and MuleSoft’s 45 percent pop on their first day of trading two weeks ago – enterprise is clearly in vogue.

With Alteryx’s IPO last week, there’s still a robust lineup of enterprise exits coming down the pipeline, including Presido, Okta, and Yext, who have all filed S-1s in preparation of an IPO, and speculation from many more including Cloudera, DocuSign, Domo, and Tenable Network Security.

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How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World

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Earlier in November, we hosted Don Tapscott at Work-Bench for a sold out, 300 person keynote address on his best-selling book, The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. One of the world's foremost experts on blockchain technologies, Don Tapscott showed how blockchain has the potential to become a foundational technology, one that is used in a wide variety of applications across all major industries - with the potential to transform the way enterprises around the world operate.

The sold out audience and the diverse group of attendees, which was evenly split between blockchain-oriented startups and corporates, demonstrates that we're on the cusp of some very interesting use cases and applications of this emerging technology. Watch the full video in its entirety below.

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Welcome to our 3 New Mentors: Scott Coleman, Scarlett Sieber, and Andrew Stern

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From leading Fortune 1000 executives to enterprise entrepreneurs with hundred million dollar exits, our mentors at Work-Bench are part of the heart and soul of everything we do. Given the unique set of procurement, sales, and pricing challenges enterprise startups face, and when all it takes is one contract to make or break an early stage enterprise startup, we've seen time and time again how valuable it can be to hear the buyer's perspective or have a voice on the other side of the table.

So with that, we're excited to add three new mentors who we've seen demonstrate their value time and again. Please join us in welcoming Scott Coleman, Scarlett Sieber, and Andrew Stern to the Work-Bench family.

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Today Our Family Grows by 6: Welcome to our Newest Work-Bench Mentors

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From our 50+ executive briefings a year with teams from the likes of Merck, Samsung, Santander, UBS, and Cushman & Wakefield, to our countless Fortune 1000 roundtables and breakfasts, corporate engagement is at the heart of everything we do at Work-Bench.

Over the past two and a half years of connecting Fortune 1000 executives with our community of startups, two things have become clear: (i) how generous some individuals are with their time and expertise to support our community and (ii) how helpful mentors can be in everything from accelerating go-to-market strategies to providing critical insights on product roadmaps, enterprise use cases, and even technical architecture.

Which is why, today, we’re excited to welcome a select group of those individuals, who have gone above and beyond in their support of Work-Bench and our community, into our family as Work-Bench mentors. Among them, you’ll find leading Fortune 500 executives, current and former CISOs and CTOs of some of the world’s largest financial institutions, and a wealth of unmatched experience across markets. One thing they all have in common though is their unwavering leadership, domain expertise, and passion for helping grow the next generation of enterprise entrepreneurs.

With that, we’re excited to continue on our mission by adding 6 titans of the IT industry as Work-Bench mentors. Please welcome to the Work-Bench family:

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The New York R Conference - April 8 & 9

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Gather To Explore, Share, and Inspire Ideas

Over the next two days, we're excited to be teaming up with Lander Analytics to bring you the second annual New York R Conference at Work-Bench. The sold out conference will gather 250+ of world's top R enthusiasts and data scientists to hear from prominent speakers within the community.

Featuring presentations and talks from leading data scientists at Airbnb, AT&T, Columbia University, eBay, Etsy, News Corp, RStudio, Socure, and Tamr among many others, the New York R Conference was created to encourage collaboration and foster shared learning within the data science community. While focused on R, a number of expert speakers will also speak on Python, Julia, and database architecture.

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Demystifying Corporate Development for Startups, or Why You Should Talk to Corp Dev

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The corporate M&A cycle can sometimes feel like a black hole of mismanaged time, distracting meetings, and false hope. Paul Graham even went far enough to write Don’t Talk to Corp Dev, in which he compared corp dev teams to robber barons and argued that it is a costly mistake for founders to engage with corp dev teams if they don’t have immediate plans to sell their company.

However, especially given the nature of enterprise technology, this is not always the case for startups selling to the Fortune 500. Corp dev teams can bring a lot of value to the table for enterprise technology startups, and the benefits of interacting early with a corp dev team can extend far beyond acquisitions talks down the line.

From securing champions within an organization, to helping startups navigate a Fortune 500 partnership, here’s what Andrew Stern (VP and Worldwide Head of Corporate Development at F5 Networks), Debra Danielson (SVP of M&A Strategy and Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies), and Helder Antunes (Senior Director of the Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco) had to say about working with corp dev teams on a panel at a recent New York Enterprise Tech Meetup:

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Introducing the New Home of the New York Enterprise Technology Meetup

Earlier this month we were thrilled to host our first official New York Enterprise Technology Meetup (NYETM) at Work-Bench. Founded, organized, and led by our Venture Director, Jon Lehr, the NYETM fosters innovation in the NY enterprise technology ecosystem by promoting early stage tech companies, supporting entrepreneurs, educating startups on how to work with large organizations, and creating an environment where entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses can all network and learn from one another.

For the past 3.5 years, Cooley LLP has graciously supported the NYETM by hosting the meetups at their office. Given that we’ve built out our event space at Work-Bench and the similar mission we have as the NYETM, we're thrilled to announce that the NYETM has a new home at Work-Bench. On a monthly basis, we'll feature demos from top-tier enterprise tech companies from around the country, and sometimes even the world.

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The New York R Conference - April 24 & 25

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Gather To Explore, Share, and Inspire Ideas

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with Lander Analytics to bring you the first-ever New York R Conference. Gathering industry leading R enthusiasts and data scientists from academia, startups, and Fortune 1000s, it will be two days full of speakers from the R and data communities discussing theoretical and applied topics such as Shiny dashboards, Bayesian methods, high performance computing, and data visualization.

Speakers include Andy Gelman and Chris Wiggins from Columbia University, Hilary Parker from Etsy, Rachel Schutt from News Corp, James Powell from For Python Quants, and many more. Use the code WBVIP for $100 off tickets, and we hope to see you there - it's going to be a fantastic two days! Be sure to register soon - tickets are going fast.

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UNSTRUCTURED - The First-ever Data Pop-up

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Tomorrow: Thursday, March 19th, 8:00am - 7:00pm

Like many of you in the tech industry, we were taken aback when we heard the news about Gigaom shutting down. We were big fans of their coverage of enterprise tech, and we regarded Structure Data as one of the top data conferences out there. When we heard that the event - originally scheduled for this week - was cancelled, we wanted to offer our space at Work-Bench for a few informal pop-up networking sessions & presentations with the goal of gathering the Structure Data community that was planning on being here for the conference.

Thus, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Domino Data Labs, eBay, VentureBeat, O'Reilly media, Datadog, and Upright Position Communications to bring you UNSTRUCTURED: The first-ever Data ‘POP-UP' in NYC (use password: DOMINODATAPOPUP). The morning session will be hosted at eBay, with the afternoon session and networking drinks held at Work-Bench. You can read more about how the event came to be on Medium, and we hope to see you and the rest of the New York City data community here tomorrow.

Be sure to register as soon as possible - tickets are going fast.

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