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The 10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2013

Big data is one of the hottest areas for new companies in the IT industry. Here are 10 we think score high in their coolness quotient.

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CEO: Ion Stoica

Databricks attracted a lot of attention in September when it raised $14 million in funding from high-powered venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

We know very little about Databricks -- that's one of the things that makes it so intriguing. The company's spare website ( describes the startup as "using cutting-edge technology based on years of research to build next-generation software for analyzing and extracting value from data." The work is based on the Apache Spark open-source cluster computing system.

CEO Ion Stoica, currently a computer science professor at the University of California at Berkeley, was a co-founder of Conviva, a developer of video stream optimization technology. CTO Matei Zaharia, an assistant professor of computer science at MIT, was the creator of Apache Spark. The company was founded earlier this year, headquartered in Berkeley, Calif.

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