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How Lyft grew by 5x in less than 12 months

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In just one year (2014 – 2015), popular ride sharing app Lyft grew five-fold. From it’s humble beginnings as a small peer-to-peer ride app called Zimride in 2012, Lyft’s popularity has literally exploded since their relaunch in 2013.

Now you can find their fuzzy pink mustache cars in more than 65 US cities where users can get picked up by one of their 100,000+ drivers. This astonishing growth has earned them a $2.5 billion valuation and more than $1 billion in funding.

How has Lyft pulled off this massive growth spurt? And what can you learn from their success?

That’s exactly the question we put to Lyft CTO Chris Lambert who will be speaking (on exactly this topic) at Extract in October.

10 minute growth hacks that will jumpstart your marketing strategy

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Every business is different. And every business can benefit from data. I could write a generic post about the usefulness of data and hope that you know how to apply those principles to your own business. But, that’s not what you want. You want specific, targeted ideas that you can walk away and action immediately and that are relevant for your business and your market.

Writing that post would be impossible, I’d have to write 1,000s of them. So, let’s launch a business together.

I’ve always wanted to build an iPhone app – something I’m sure many of you have thought about. So, let’s do it. Together.

How to do automated marketing like a human (not a robot!)

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There’s no denying that Matt Ellsworth has a unique style. A certified email marketing genius, and all-around funny guy, his insights never disappoint. In “I are not a robot”, Matt walks you through how to apply the Four Organ Theory to your headlines to give them greater mass appeal.

Drawing on his experience as a standup comic, Matt gives you a crash course on enlivening dull subjects. Through hilarious examples like his “cloud to butt” Twitter bot, to his DJPW (dick jokes per week) graph and some touching success stories from example.com, Matt injects a new human element into content and email marketing.

The complete list of big data conferences you should attend

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Here at import.io, we’re big believers in learning. Whether it’s taking classes, watching videos, or getting together with other data scientists, we sincerely believe that Read more

Can you really trust Airbnb reviews?

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How the sharing economy uses data to build trust

Not using your apartment for the weekend? Rent it out on Airbnb. Traveling across country? Offer someone a ride on BlaBlaCar. Got some free time on your hands? Offer your services on TaskRabbit.

The “Airbnb model”, also known as the sharing economy has fundamentally changed the way we think about ownership. Just as peer-to-peer businesses like eBay allow anyone to become a retailer, sharing sites let individuals act as an ad hoc taxi service, car-hire firm or boutique hotel as and when it suits them.

But, how can you trust your stuff (or your life) with a complete stranger?

7 ways to make your next conference a complete success

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Last Friday (May 29th) we hosted our second annual User Conference, Extract, in London, and while we don’t want to toot our own horn – we have to say, it went pretty well. This is our third conference of this type (we did one in London last year and one in San Francisco) and after all that, we’re getting to be pretty old hands at this. Now that all the stress and frantic running around has passed, we thought we’d share our “lessons learned” – the good and the bad, so you can learn from our experience when planning your own conference!

Visualizing flux: storytelling with time, space, and torque

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Extract Conf is a day of awesome data stories worth sharing. We’re gathering 500 of the best minds in the dataverse on 29 May, at The Brewery in London where thought leaders will share inspirational stories and teach you how to use the coolest data tooling on the market. In the run-up to the event, we’re introducing you to a few of the magnificent people who will be blowing your mind on the main stage. Check out the conference.

NOW, time to get up close and personal with one of our favourite viz companies . . .

Hunting unicorns with superpowers

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Extract Conf is a day of awesome data stories worth sharing. We’re gathering 500 of best minds in the dataverse on 29 May, at The Brewery in London where thought leaders will share inspirational stories and teach you how to use the coolest data tooling on the market. In the run-up to the event, we’re introducing you to a few of the magnificent people who will be blowing your mind on the main stage. Check out the conference.

Our third speaker profile in the lead up to the event is . . . drumroll . . . John Sandall, Lead Data Scientist at YPlan!

Fashematics – The science of color

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Extract Conf is a day of awesome data stories worth sharing. We’re gathering 500 of best minds in the dataverse on 29 May, at The Brewery in London where thought leaders will share inspirational stories and teach you how to use the coolest data tooling on the market. In the run-up to the event, we’re introducing you to a few of the magnificent people who will be blowing your mind on the main stage. Check out the conference.

Our second speaker profile in the lead up to the event is… Eddie Bell, Head of Data Science at Lyst who will wow you with his talk: ‘Fashematics: The Science of Colour’.

Sex by numbers

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Extract Conf is a day of awesome data stories worth sharing. We’re gathering 500 of best minds in the dataverse on the 29 May, at The Brewery in London where thought leaders will share inspirational stories and teach you how to use the coolest data tooling on the market. In the run-up to the event, we want to start introducing you to some of our awesome speakers. Check out the conference & tickets.

First up, Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE a Professor for the Public understanding of Risk Centre for Mathematical Sciences at University of Cambridge and author of the magnificently titled book Sex by Numbers.