An education startup called Galvanize, which focuses on tech workers and entrepreneurs, has acquired a San Francisco company called Zipfian Academy that offers a 12-week program in data science. Zipfian’s instructors have data analysis and engineering backgrounds at a variety of companies ranging from software startups to Facebook. One of them, Adam Gibson, is the founder of a deep learning startup called Skymind. Galvanize currently has locations in San Francisco, Denver and Boulder, Colorado, and will offer the Zipfian program, as well as a new master’s degree in big data, at the San Francisco campus.
IBM’s Watson group has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Pathway Genomics to help the company deliver an app that gives personalized advice to users based on their genetic information, as well as data collected by wearable devices, medical records and other sources. Like all Watson-powered apps, users will query the new app, called Panorama, using natural language and results are delivered based on analysis from sources including medical literature and clinical trials. So far, IBM has invested in a handful of companies building apps on Watson, including in the retail and health care spaces.
Application-performance monitoring startup AppDynamics now has a real-time analytics service called Application Analytics, it said Monday. The service lets organizations analyze all of their application and transactional data so that IT staff can spot errors and management can make better business decisions. In July, the startup landed $120 million in funding, highlighting the hot application-monitoring space market in which companies like New Relic and AppNeta compete. New Relic recently unveiled its own real-time analytics service called Insights.