The Rise of the Chief Data Officer (CDO)

The Rise of the Chief Data Officer (CDO)

The Rise of the Chief Data Officer (CDO)

Data has taken on a central role in our daily lives, permeating nearly every activity in the business and public sectors. It’s now considered an essential piece of the puzzle for any serious organization, enabling everything from game-changing insights to the birth of entire new technologies or business models. In fact, data is so important nowadays that some experts are saying that it’s the most valuable resource in the modern economy, even going as far as describing data as the “new oil”. While not everyone agrees with this kind of hyperbole, it’s fair to say that how organizations approach data will be a major determining factor for future growth and success – and thus, having someone to make the most of data is crucial. To guide these kinds of decisions, many organizations are making a structural change to their C-suite: the addition
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How Long Does It Take to Hit 50 Million Users?

How Long Does It Take to Hit 50 Million Users?

How Long Does It Take to Hit 50 Million Users?

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Imagine it’s the year 1960, and you’re an entrepreneur that’s about to launch the next big thing. Let’s assume that your product is actually pretty revolutionary, and that you’re going to receive widespread buzz and word-of-mouth traction. How quickly do you think it could be adopted by millions of users? Before the internet and consumption of digital goods, the use of a product could only spread as fast as you could manufacture the physical good. You would first need many millions of dollars in capital, a plant, a workforce, and inventory. Then, once the product is ready for distribution, you’d need mass advertising, word-of-mouth, sales channels, and press coverage to stand a chance. Even then, if the product is really revolutionary, you’re looking at a decade or
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The Evolution of Computer Science in One Infographic

We take computing power for granted today. That’s because computers are literally everywhere around us. And thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing, the cost of producing semiconductors is so low that we’ve even started turning things like toys and streetlights into computers. But how and where did this familiar new era start?

The History of Computer Science

Today’s infographic comes to us from Computer Science Zone, and it describes the journey of how we got to today’s tech-oriented consumer society. It may surprise you to learn that the humble and abstract groundwork of what we now call computer science goes all the way back to the beginning of the 18th century. The Evolution of Computer Science in One Infographic Incredibly, the history of computing goes all the way back to a famous mathematician named Gottfried Wilhem Leibniz. Leibniz, a polymath living in the Holy Roman Empire in an area that is now modern-day Germany, was quite
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Predicting the Future of Media and Entertainment

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Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment

Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment

View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here. Over your lifetime, the consumption of media and entertainment has already changed drastically. For Boomers and Gen Xers, the shift has been earth-shattering. Both generations will remember a time before mainstream computing when TV was dominated by the Big Three TV networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS), and newspapers and magazines were the main way to stay in touch with what was happening. Even millennials have seen fundamental shifts in consumption of media. After all, they experienced the rise of social media, online news, streaming, and digital video firsthand. Many of them will remember their college getting access to Facebook for the first time, the death of Napster, and the funny sounds their 28.8k modem made as it struggled to successfully download a single
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The Business of eSports

For decades, the world’s top athletes have competed in illustrious tournaments such as The Masters or the Tour de France. People tune in from all over to see these athletes in peak form, and tournaments rake in cash from media rights, advertisements, sponsorships, merchandise, and also the live event itself. In turn, these competitions offer millions of dollars in prize pools for the participants. But what if there was a new type of sport that upped the ante? While sport purists might scoff at the idea of any type of competition involving video games – the numbers speak for themselves. The realm of eSports already has tournaments that pack stadiums, offering bigger prize pools than either the Tour de France or The Masters. And soon, eSports will be a billion dollar business with a global audience of over 300 million fans.

The Booming Business of eSports

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18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate

Chart: 18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate

18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. As you read this, know that you are not alone. Statistically speaking, over 50% of people are consuming media in some form at this given moment. In fact, the latest data shows that Americans spend over 12 hours per day consuming media in various forms. This means that people spend more time consuming media than they do working or sleeping – a prolific insight that explains why companies like Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, and Netflix have exploded in size and dominance over the last decade.

Media Adoption in 2018

Using the most recent survey data from Jacobs Media, we can get a sense of how all of this media is actually being consumed. The following data shows the survey results of 64,289 radio listeners in North America to highlight the
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What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2018?

In your everyday life, a minute might not seem like much. But when it comes to the vast scale of the internet, a minute of time goes much further than you ever could have imagined. That’s because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on.

An Internet Minute in 2018

Today’s infographic is from Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan of Cumulus Media, and it shows the activity taking place on various platforms such as Facebook or Google in each 60 second span. It really helps put an internet minute in perspective. What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2018?

Just a Minute, Please

The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale. Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive quantities in any useful capacity. Here are just a few key numbers scaled to a
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The Changing Landscape of Business Risk

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The Changing Landscape of Business Risk

View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here. In the modern era, the pace of business is fast – but the pace of technological change is even faster. As a result, the landscape of business risks is constantly shifting and changing, and both entrepreneurs and investors need to be on top of the potential factors that could disrupt their chances of success. At the same time, they also need to be prepared to address and mitigate new risks as they crop up.

Today’s Biggest Risks

Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it highlights the forces that have been shaping the business risk landscape – both today and as projected for the future. Using data from the 2017 Global Risk Management Survey done by insurance company Aon, it shows the top
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The Rise of the ICO, and What It Could Mean for Venture Capital

For any ambitious startup founder, the traditional route to funding goes through angel/seed investors and then eventually to the big venture capitalists. The sophisticated players in this funding landscape make significant amounts of dough by spotting game-changing opportunities in their early stages, and then applying their insights, connections, and experience to these startups to make them financially viable. Finally, they guide the successful company to an exit, take their returns, and then distribute to the partners. But what if startups, especially those related to the blockchain, were able to raise money from everyone simultaneously? What if the traditional gatekeepers didn’t matter as much?

ICOs vs. Venture

Last year, it became clear that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) would start to challenge traditional venture capital, as funding raised through them exploded by over 20x. Today’s infographic from Vanbex Ventures shows key statistics around this phenomenon, as well as the evolving reception from
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How Tech is Changing the Modern Credit Landscape

From the beginnings of General Motors Acceptance Corporation to the introduction of the Diner’s Club charge card, the history of credit has been filled with game-changing innovations. Today, new innovations in tech are continuing to shape the consumer credit industry – and with U.S. consumer debt sitting at $13 trillion, these changes could play a role in impacting how consumers access credit both today and in the future.

The Modern Credit Landscape

Today’s infographic comes to us from Equifax, and it gives a snapshot of modern credit as well as a perspective on how new technologies such as trended and alternative data are changing the landscape. It’s the second part of our ongoing three-part series on credit:
Part 1: The History of Consumer CreditPart 2: Modern CreditPart 3: Coming Soon
How Tech is Changing the Modern Credit Landscape
Part 1: The History of Consumer CreditPart 2: Modern CreditPart 3: Coming Soon
Credit scores play a massive component of consumer life, and they are used to gauge creditworthiness for big purchases ranging from homes to launching a business. Interestingly, how this scoring works
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Visualizing Elon Musk’s Vision for the Future of Tesla

Tesla is currently stuck in “production hell” with Model 3 delays, as Elon Musk describes it. But Winston Churchill had a great quote about facing what seems like insurmountable adversity: “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. This is certainly a maxim that Musk and Tesla will need to live by in order to realize the company’s longstanding mission, which is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Rise of Tesla: The Future Vision (Part 3 of 3)

Today’s giant infographic comes to us from Global Energy Metals, and it is the final part of our three-part Rise of Tesla Series, which is a definitive source for everything you ever wanted to know about the company. Part 3 shows Elon Musk’s future vision, and what it holds for the company once it can get past current production issues.
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Visualizing Elon Musk's Vision for the Future of Tesla
Part 1: Tesla's Origin StoryPart 2: From IPO and OnwardsVisualizing Elon Musk's Vision for the Future of Tesla
To understand Tesla’s ambitions for the future, you need
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Why Big Tech is Plotting an Invasion of the Healthcare Market

The idea of using modern tech to transform the multi-trillion dollar healthcare industry has been around for a long time. In 1996, legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark launched his third startup, Healtheon, which was focused on what he called the “Magic Diamond”. The diamond represented the $1.5 healthcare market in the U.S. and its shape came from the doctors, providers, payers, and consumers slotted into the four outer points. In the middle of the diamond, Clark had placed his new company Healtheon, which he expected to profit immensely from connecting the healthcare world together with the internet.

Before Its Time?

Healtheon had a successful IPO in the middle of the Dotcom bubble, but it never was able to truly achieve its bold and original vision. As signals mounted that Dotcom stocks would implode, the fledgling company merged with WebMD in 1999. Despite the fate of Healtheon, the
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This Chart Reveals Google’s True Dominance Over the Web

This Chart Shows Google's True Dominance on the Web

This Chart Reveals Google’s True Dominance Over the Web

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Yes, we all know that Google is dominant in the realm of search. But at the same time, the internet is also a huge place – and building a decent searching algorithm can’t be that hard, right? This week’s chart is a bit mind-boggling, because it makes the case that Google is even more dominant than you may have guessed. Between all Google features and the search giant’s YouTube subsidiary, more than 90% of all internet searches are taking place through the company.

The Hard Data

According to Jumpshot (via SparkToro), a marketing analytics firm that licenses anonymous ClickStream data from hundreds of millions of users, about 62.6% of all searches online are through Google’s core function. But that’s just the beginning, as that number
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The Future of Crypto Payments in the Retail Market

In the original whitepaper, Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer version of electronic cash that would facilitate transactions without the oversight on a trustworthy, centralized party. Since then, cryptocurrency has surged in popularity as an asset class – and Bitcoin is now just one of many digital currencies out there. Investment has poured into the sector because many see the blockchain as an important foundational technology for the future, and it’s also gained traction for speculative reasons. However, strictly from a payments perspective, certain issues have cropped up since the original Bitcoin vision was outlined, and they’ve ultimately prevented crypto from receiving mainstream adoption as a currency for day-to-day transactions. What are these obstacles, and how will they be overcome?

The Retail Opportunity

Today’s infographic comes to us from NetCents, and it highlights the growing acceptance of cryptocurrency by retailers and a willingness for consumers to consider using
The Future of Crypto Payments in the Retail Market
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A Beginner’s Guide to Cryptocurrencies

If you’re new to the world of crypto, the following infographic guide is a great way to get started. It covers all the basics! A Beginner's Guide to Cryptocurrencies

A Beginner’s Guide to Cryptocurrencies

With money pouring into the blockchain from investors, venture capitalists, and strategic partners, it is clear that cryptocurrencies will continue to be in the spotlight for years to come. However, as with any newly emerging field, being in the spotlight can present a double-edged sword. It makes for an environment full of passionate and extremely technical discussion, but it also opens the door to blatant promotional pump-and-dump schemes and inflexible factions of cheerleaders or naysayers. This clutter makes it considerably difficult for the average person to really wrap their head around the crypto space – and it creates opportunities to simplify the sector in an easy, digestible, and accessible way.

A Guide to Cryptocurrencies

Today’s infographic from BestAccountingSchools provides an introductory
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5 Ways to Build a $100 Million Company

To build a successful and enduring company, you need more than just hype, publicity, or impressive fundraising skills. Ultimately it all boils down to one simple principle: you must have a product that solves a pressing problem, and then the right amount of paying customers to make the math work.

Going Hunting

Today’s infographic comes to us from Point Nine Capital, and it highlights five basic revenue models that startups can use to achieve $100 million in annual revenue. The take home message here is that to build a long-term business, a team must implement a realistic strategy that considers multiple factors including product-market fit, user acquisition, pricing, and revenue per user. 5 Ways to Build a $100 Million Business Are you hunting flies, or are you trying to hunt elephants? Just like in real life, these things require very different strategies and tactics. To build a $100 million revenue per year company, you’ll need to have
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This Giant Infographic Has 140+ Facts on the Scale of Amazon

This Giant Infographic Has 140+ Facts on the Scale of Amazon

This Giant Infographic Has 140+ Facts on the Scale of Amazon

As Amazon continues its takeover of the retail sector, the scale at which it operates continues to impress. Back in late 2016 we examined the extraordinary size of Amazon from a market valuation perspective, which showed that the ecommerce giant was worth more than most brick and mortar retailers put together. Today’s infographic from 16Best continues along that same thread, except this time focusing on Amazon from more of an operational perspective.

Amazon: At a Glance

Amazon has more than 304 million users, and 3 billion products selling on their 11 marketplaces – and every day, 1.3 million new products are added. The company has a 43.5% market share of U.S. ecommerce spending. It’s no surprise then, that the average customer spends $700 per year with Amazon, and that 34.7 items are shipped every single
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The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History

The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History

The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History

For most of civilized history, life expectancy fluctuated in the 30 to 40 year range. Child mortality was all too common, and even for those that made it to adulthood, a long and healthy life was anything but guaranteed. Sanitation was poor, disease was rampant, and many medical practices were based primarily on superstition or guesswork. By the 20th century, an explosion in new technologies, treatments, and other science-backed practices helped to increase global life expectancy at an unprecedented rate. From 1900 to 2015, global life expectancy more than doubled, shooting well past the 70 year mark.

Important Breakthroughs

What were the major innovations that made the last century so very fruitful in saving lives? Today’s infographic from AperionCare highlights the top 50 breakthroughs, ranging from pasteurization to the bifurcated needle, that have helped propel global life expectancy upwards. Interestingly, while many
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The Rising Problem of Crypto Theft, and How to Protect Yourself

Part of the appeal of cryptocurrency is that it exists “outside” of the system. Using complex cryptography and decentralized ledgers, a blockchain can operate independently from the world’s most powerful countries, corporations, and banking institutions. While this detachment from authority is extremely powerful, existing almost exclusively in the digital realm does have its drawbacks.

Preventing Crypto Theft

Today’s infographic from CryptoGo shows that as cryptocurrencies rise in prominence, so does its appeal to hackers, criminals, and other bad actors. With millions of dollars being stolen via crypto theft, investors and other dabblers in cryptocurrency must take precautions to protect their assets for the long haul. The Rising Problem of Crypto Theft, and How to Protect Yourself Crypto theft comes in many different forms, and at least $225 million of cryptocurrency has been stolen as of mid-2017. There are various forms of crypto theft that have made this possible, including brute forcing, phishing, phone-porting, mining malware, and Ponzi schemes.

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Why the Spotify IPO is Both Unusual and Intriguing

Why the Spotify IPO is Both Unusual and Intriguing

Why the Spotify IPO is Both Unusual and Intriguing

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. On April 3, 2018, the music streaming service Spotify is expected to hit the public markets for the first time. However, while IPOs are usually large, hype-driven spectacles that involve investment bankers and roadshows to financial institutions, the Spotify IPO is taking quite a different route. For a variety of reasons, this will make the Spotify IPO both an unusual and intriguing event for investors. Here’s what’s interesting about the impending listing of the Sweden-based unicorn.

1. A Rare Breed

Despite the tech IPO being a legendary exit strategy among startup founders and venture capitalists, the reality is that today tech IPOs are few and far between. Tech IPOs in the U.S. By the same token, IPOs are also traditionally a way for investors to get a handle on market sentiment. With fewer
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