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A “beacon”of hope for offline retailers

I sat down with Dan (our product guy) last week to talk about iBeacon and how it’s a game changer for offline retailers. iBeacon and similar emerging technologies have the potential to take offline retailers into the digital age. iBeacon is Apple’s trademarked “indoor proximity system”. It uses Bluetooth Low-energy (BLE) technology to pull location-based information from smartphones. The beacons themselves...

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A few lessons

It’s been a year and a half since I started Rubikloud with Dan and Frank. As we gear up for probably the biggest push in our company’s history (product, customers, team), I wanted to share a few important lessons I have learned as a start-up CEO: 1) Spend 30% of your time focused on hiring. I don’t shy away from the...

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Choices and Voices

  Over the past few years, innovations in technologies have changed the way retailers do business. With each innovation, retailers have to scramble to adhere to the ever-changing landscape or fear being left behind. We’ve seen things like social media force the highest standard for customer experience.  Now a displeased customer won’t be asking to speak to a manager, but rather tweeting...

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Is a 2% conversion rate really good enough?

  Why do online retailers accept 2% conversion rates as “good enough?” How do large offline retailers properly understand their customers across multiple channels and actually innovate their way out of this retail war? How can they increase their conversion rates without spending millions more on paid search alone? This endless cycle of invest $100 in search to earn $110 has to stop. These...

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THUG hosts an Introduction to Apache Spark

A Data Scientist, and Rubikrew member, Pardis Noorzad, attended the Introduction to Apache Spark meetup this past Tuesday evening. Pardis was able to uncover some interesting details on Spark, an open­ source cluster computing framework for data analytics. Officially released less than 2 months ago, the framework is drawing considerable attention in the tech world. The guest speaker, Matei Zaharia is...

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Rubikloud and Joyent Join Forces

This past January we set out to find the perfect cloud provider for our platform. In previous months we had been provided services from Amazon, and then eventually through the BizSpark program we were given a credit that allowed us to explore other options. With that credit we decided to go the Microsoft route and chose Azure services. The journey in...

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Marketing Hustle & Talent- Welcome Laura!

For those of you who have been following Rubikloud we have always taken a pretty low key and "stealthy" approach towards our marketing and content. This was for a variety of reasons (busy working on product market fit, working with early customers, hiring, etc etc). While we are still heads down focused on product and customer development, we felt it...

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Bold 48hrs in the valley (more like 60hrs)

Last week I spent three days in the Valley as part of The C100’s 48 hours in the valley program. Normally when I'm in the valley, I'm either fund raising or working with customers. It was refreshing to  spend a few days absorbing the energy of fellow entrepreneurs and “relaxing” through sessions. This is a post to summarize two parts that...

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Pitching to a Chinese Taxi Driver

Preamble:  Over the past month, we have been working really hard on our core messaging. Big Data and Analytics is a space with lots of buzzwords and we want to simplify that. Businesses don't care about buzzwords. This is obviously an iterative process, but we’re getting closer. Post: It’s been a crazy week so far. Rubikloud attended the Cloud Factory conference in beautiful...

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