Data

Happy open-source family

Moscow-based Runa Capital has invested €3 million ($3.4 million) in MariaDB, the open-source database company that offers what began as a MySQL fork (Google and Wikipedia are big-name users). Runa, which is headed up by founders of Acronis and Parallels, is already a backer of the Nginx web server and platform-as-a-service outfit Jelastic. In a statement, MariaDB CEO Patrik Sallner said his firm was looking forward to collaborating with Runa and its other open-source portfolio companies in its enterprise push.

Yes, we told you this already

As we reported two weeks ago, after White House staff leaked the news on a conference call, DJ Patil, the former Chief Data scientist at LinkedIn and most recently a VP of Product at RelateIQ, is now the Chief Data Scientist at the White House. In that role, he will work on the Administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which aims to use advances in data and health care to personalize medical treatments. He will also work on issues relating to open data in government. For a deeper dive on precision medicine and open data, check out our Structure Data conference in New York next month.

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