Panel Discussion: Harnessing Real-Time Data to Drive Business Growth

It's no secret that we are producing huge amounts of data every day - from social media posts to GPS signals. It's estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created daily - that's 2.5 followed by 18 zeros. Let's put that in perspective: If this amount of data were to be printed on paper and stacked, it would be high enough to go to the moon and back almost 330 times. It's also predicted that by 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet.

This data deluge creates a variety of challenges for organizations large and small. It also raises a ton of questions. How do you manage the data? Where do you store it? How do you secure it? How do you harvest real-time information? And how do you harness data to drive business growth?

Join the WITI Boston team as we host a panel of experts to discuss challenges and best practices of operating in today's digital era.

- Josh Epstein, VP Global Marketing, Kaminario
- Christopher Stephenson, CEO, Topos Labs; Co-founder, OnWords; Director, iCorps Technologies
- Jennifer Williams-Bulkeley DWS, Founder, Vinolytics
- Moderator: Parna Sarkar-Basu, Head of Global Brand and Buzz Marketing, Kaminario

Featured Speaker(s)

Josh Epstein, V.P. of Global Marketing, Kaminario

Josh Epstein has 20 years experience in technology marketing and strategy roles. At Kaminario, Josh is responsible for developing the company’s brand, driving global marketing programs, and telling the Kaminario story.

Prior to Kaminario, he has held a range of marketing, strategy and business development roles at startups including Reddo Mobility, Gizmox, and Advanced Electron Beams as well as global technology companies including EMC, CA Technologies, Acme Packet, and Oracle. Additionally, Josh is an active advisor to several early-stage, Boston-area technology companies. He holds a B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Rajeev Jaswal, Chief Information Officer, Rapid7

Rajeev joined Rapid7 in 2016 as the Chief Information Officer. He is an accomplished technology leader with extensive experience in leading high-performing teams and building technology solutions that empower organizations to capitalize on opportunities and meet business demands. Prior to Rapid7, Rajeev spent eight years at Red Hat, where he fulfilled several leadership positions within IT and Product Engineering. He also has valuable software development experience from seven years at GlaxoSmithKline, and has held multiple technology consulting roles. Rajeev holds an MBA from Duke Fuqua School of Business.

Christopher Stephenson, CEO, Topos Labs; Co-founder, OnWords; Director, iCorps Technologies

Christopher Stephenson is a serial entrepreneur, investor and adviser with 27 years of IT leadership and experience. He is Co-founder and director of OnWords (a Boston-based media analytics platform) and recently became CEO of a Marlborough-based cognitive computing startup called Topos Labs. Prior to Topos and OnWords, Christopher co-founded iCorps Technologies, a Boston-based IT consulting & managed services firm based in Boston where he continues to serve as a director.

Christopher got his start in information technology at CSC Index (a division of Computer Sciences) in the early 1990s, starting as a computer support engineer and eventually serving as Global Network Manager before leaving to co-found iCorps.

Christopher currently serves as a mentor for a team of inner-city teenage entrepreneurs through a non-profit organization called Through BUILD, he is actively involved in helping at-risk students remain engaged in high school move on to successful and rewarding college experiences and careers.

Jennifer Williams-Bulkeley, DWS, Founder, Vinolytics

After spending several years providing insights on the fine wine market based on personal experience and analyzing disparate data to provide a constructive framework for discussion, Jennifer built Vinolytics, a software as a service company that utilizes data visualization to enable wine collectors and their advisors to easily engage with their wine. Wine is the one collectible that truly does go to zero. Helping to ensure that does not happen and maximizing the time one has with their wine was a driving factor behind Vinolytics.

Jennifer has spoken all over the world on the fine wine market and conducted tastings of some of the world's finest wine and enjoyed the company of the wonderful personalities the wine industry attracts. 

Jennifer has over 20 years of investment experience as both a portfolio manager and sell-side research analyst. Jennifer's founded her first company, AOC Advisors in 2012, from which the need for the Vinolytics software emerged. AOC was a natural outgrowth of her prior work in London, where she spent more than 13 years working in the finance industry and investing in wine, buying in the London market and honing her expertise in the field. While in London, Jennifer managed equity and debt portfolios for alternative asset managers and also developed and marketed a proprietary research product focused on the equity and credit markets and geared toward alternative investors.

Jennifer is an Associate Member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS) and is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma Program (DWS), one of the top accreditations in the wine trade. She earned her BA in economics and history from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Jennifer is currently on the Board of Overseers and Golf Committee for Big Brother Big Sister and advises on and organizes wine auctions for various philanthropic institutions.

Parna Sarkar-Basu, Head of Global Brand and Buzz Marketing, Kaminario

Parna Sarkar-Basu leads global brand and buzz marketing for Kaminario, a leading all-flash storage company. She has a track record of putting start-ups on the map, elevating growing companies to industry leaders and creating new market categories. Prior to Kaminario, Parna has led marketing and global communications functions at various technology companies, including iRobot, iCorps Technologies, Invention Machine (acquired by IHS) and PTC. She has also been instrumental in creating and executing successful initial public offering (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) communications strategies.

Parna is a STEM ambassador and an advocate of women in technology. She is the Boston Network Executive Advisor for Women in Technology International (WITI) and co-founder of South Shore Science Festival.

Schedule of Events

5:30 pm - Registration, Networking and Appetizers
6:30 pm - WITI Overview and Speaker Introduction
6:45 pm - Program and Discussion
8:15 pm - Raffle Prizes!
8:30 pm - Adjourn

Meeting Notes

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. If you or your company wish to host or sponsor an event please ask one of the leadership team members listed here, or email [email protected]. Thank you for your interest.