Jonathan Cornelissen: The Emergence of DataCamp

Starting a company and ensuring that it breaks even brings a bundle of joy to any entrepreneur. Though challenging at first, the pioneers make a great achievement that may stay for years in their lives, especially if it is the first attempt. After completing his Ph.D. in 2012, Jonathan Cornelissen thought of starting a platform where people could learn more about R and statistical programming. Cornelissen co founded DataCamp; the idea came up when, at one time, he tried to search for an interactive platform where his students could learn the two things above. He could not find one, but instead, he found many platforms that offered coding skills that were not applicable for statistics. 

On the same breath, he decided to start a project whose aim was to build a platform that students or people could use to learn R and statistical programming. They identified the project as RCademy. Since Jonathan Cornelissen struggled so much to learn and understand R, he wanted to ensure that the learners get more from data. Looking at the name given to the project -Rcademy- and future authenticity, they decided to change it to DataMind but also provided a provision for change (Twitter). 

In 2013, Jonathan Cornelissen, together with Martijn, received Dieter and Albert who helped them to proceed with the project by building the prototype. Later in the year, the three of them except Albert started a company bearing in mind the same concept. They faced a severe financial challenge of raising the capital for the start since they knew the company could take longer to generate income. They pooled together their savings which added up to twenty thousand dollars, but it was not enough; hence, they decided to relocate to Chile from Belgium to participate in the Start-up Chile program

Through this program, the Government of Belgium gave them a grant of approximately twenty-five thousand dollars. iMinds also gave them an investment of roughly fifty thousand dollars. The funds helped Jonathan Cornelissen and his team to start the first version of their platform and the first courses on the platform. DataMind struggled to establish, but the finances ended again, and they decided to join Techstars NYC program after getting support. They then established now after two years of being under Techstars. In 2015 and 2016 they raised more money, and in April 2017 DataCamp company rapidly grew.


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Andrey Andreev Has Astonishing Record of Business Development Success

Andrey Andreev is a Russian born businessman that started his first company at the age of 21. Having tried to focus on studies at a local college, while working at an advertising and public relations company, Andrey Andreev stopped his studies, formed his first business in 1995. His first company was an online store for computers and computer accessories. That same year he relocated to Spain, although he would split time between Russia and Spain. 

His first company was named Virus and Andreev sold Virus in 1997 for an unknown amount. In 1999 Andreev formed a new company called SpyLog. SpyLog is a web tracking company that helps track visits to a site, as well as site user interests. In 2002 he formed Begun, which is a contextual advertising firm. His majority in the company was sold in 2004 to Finam, and in 2008 Google purchased Begun for $140 million. 

Around the time of the Finam acquisition, Mamba was founded. Andreev’s Mamba would become the most popular Russian dating site. In 2006 Finam took another majority ownership in one of Andreev’s companies by partnering with to become majority owners of Mamba. That same year Andrey Andreev launched Badoo. With more than 360 million registered users, Badoo is the largest social network. Operating in 190 countries it generates more than $150 each year. 

Badoo has offices in London and Moscow. Whitney Wolfe, co-founder of Tinder, partnered with Andreev in 2014 to form Bumble. Bumble is an online dating service that is designed with women in mind. The Russian native that now lives in London has a net worth of $2.4 billion. His worth increased by $1 billion in the first three months of 2019 alone. In 2018 he was listed for the first time by Forbes as a billionaire. 

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Consolidated Online Reputation Management Software

Online Reputation Defender is integral to modern operation, but it is also something that can be very time consuming. Between Google, Yelp, Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and any of a thousand other agencies vying for marketing dominance, there are a lot of places where a review of a given product or service can be posted. Chasing them all down takes time. It’s a lot better if there’s some software option which can search the internet for its user and return with a pile of sites that feature new reviews. RWS, Retailer Web Services announced this very software on August 23rd, 2016.
Called WebFronts Review, RWS has created a software platform that consolidates reviews from across the internet and makes them available in one place. Responses can be generated at the click of a mouse. Automated messages that have feedback inciters attached via link can be composed in a way individual to a given retailer. Whether carpeting, appliances, furniture, or any other independent retailing product or service, there are template responses which exist in addition to compositions solely the creative license of a given company. Responses for negative and positive reviews can be sent automatically, saving hours of time. Additionally, when a good review is posted somewhere it can be automatically shared on a company’s website through WebFronts Review. Furthermore, this software can also share such reviews on popular social media sites.

Programs like WebFront Review are becoming more numerous as online reputation management gains understanding. Beyond understanding, it is increasingly evident that the internet and applications involved with the internet are integral to modern business operation. Businesses that don’t upgrade very soon face the prospect of stagnating into obscurity. Everyone looks to the web for their information today. Whether for their love life, their spiritual life, their professional life, or their entertainment life, web services are ubiquitous and only becoming more closely allied to the core of modern interactions. The company that can ride this tide successfully will reap the fruit of their efforts in quantities that may just become exponential over time. The company that doesn’t learn how to navigate online reputation management is in serious trouble.