CloudU Kicks Off Big Data Online Course In A Big Way

We have a saying in Texas: Bigger is better. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that CloudU, based in San Antonio, Texas, is getting bigger, too.

To kick-off CloudU Big Data Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) activities, we’ve asked Dave Feinleib to be the featured author of this learning series.

Dave is an advisor, entrepreneur and author of Big Data Demystified, Why Startups Fail and How Yours Can Succeed and the blog.

He’s also writes about startups, technology and venture capital on

Join us on Wednesday, April 30 at the San Francisco Rackspace Office as Dave presents a condensed version of his “Actionable Insights from Big Data” workshop. This learning event is free and open to Rackers and the public as room allows (space is limited). If you’re in the San Francisco area and would like to attend, contact to reserve a seat.

If you’re not able to attend this event live, not to worry. The presentation will be recorded and packaged as part of the Big Data MOOC learning series, scheduled to be released in June. The MOOC will also include content contributions from other industry leaders including Hortonworks, Facebook, OCP Foundation, and MIT.

Anyone interested in the Big Data MOOC or CloudU Certification can register for free at Once you register, you’ll have full access to all CloudU learning opportunities and become part of the global CloudU community.

What are you waiting for? Class is in Session!

More on Dave Feinleib:

Dave Feinleib is Managing Director of The Big Data Group. He founded Content Analytics, a leader in brand and ecommerce analytics, and Speechpad, a leader in audio-video transcription and captioning.

From 2009 – 2011 he was a General Partner at Mohr Davidow, a venture capital firm with $2B under management. While at Mohr Davidow, he invested in Infusionsoft, which raised $54M in follow-on funding from Goldman Sachs and others; RootMusic, which raised an additional $16M in capital; and doxo, which has raised $10M in additional capital.

Prior to joining Mohr Davidow, he started four companies, one of which was acquired by EMC, another by Hewlett Packard, and a third by Keynote Systems. Before that he was a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, promoting the then unknown Windows operating system.

He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University, where he was a Kodak Scholar.

Dave is a two-time Ironman finisher and violinist.

Steven Villarreal is a Senior Learning & Development Strategist for Rackspace. He spends his time collaborating with content contributors inside and outside of Rackspace developing vendor neutral content for the CloudU program. When he’s not in meetings, he can be found researching the latest adult learning trends and technology to integrate into the CloudU social learning platform.



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