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3 Tips for Using Your Data to Superforecast Trends Successfully

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By: Mia Xu with Valor Ventures

Predictive analytics and data analysis are experiencing a moment of glory right now. Never before have data collection and assessment been more accessible or actionable. However, it’s also not that easy. Using data ethically and accurately requires a process, context clues, and a plan of action. Here are some ways to think about how to use your data via the process of superforecasting to improve your business outlook and also improve your bottom line.

What is superforecasting?

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction is a book written by Philip Tetlock & Dan Gardner. It talks about how to use limited resources to make your predictions as accurate as possible. Based on the results shown by a program called “A Good Judgement Project,” people who have been trained with forecasting skills make better predictions than people who have not. Therefore, with proper training and practice, everyone can be a superforecaster.

Why forecasting and making predictions are important

Forecasting is needed for both our personal and professional lives. For instance, you may want to predict the 2020 presidential election result if you are interested in politics, or you may want to see how much revenue you can make by the end of next quarter to foster company growth. With forecasting, you can be more prepared and purposeful, which leads to accuracy and efficiency in your work and life.

Three tips for superforecasting

  1. Break down complicated questions into smaller ones so you can find answers that will help you make predictions incrementally. It’s often easy to get overwhelmed when making a key decision about the future, so instead of tackling the big problem as a whole, break it down into the smaller components so that you can feel confident in your justification and reasoning for making a final decision on the big idea.
  2. Use an outside view to jump into your prediction and inside view to generate a more specific prediction based on the uniqueness of the question. So often in business we make decisions as key stakeholders in the company’s strategy or operations without considering how our consumers may be impacted by or view the problem at hand. When looking at a question from the consumer’s perspective, it provides us with better context on what questions need to be answered internally and what solutions can be created to solve them.
  3. Be open-minded about feedback and failures since everything changes over time. It is always beneficial to keep digging and updating your predictions, but also make sure you are not under- or overreacting to information. It’s important to keep in mind that the forecasting is a way of making predictions. While you can better at making them, you won’t always be right and you’re sure to make mistakes as well. Understanding this should take the pressure off making a decision and enables you to recover after making a mistake or two. One person can’t know it all either. Make the best use of your time when you bring talented people together, and create an environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable to bring up diverse perspectives.

5 Reasons Why You Should Become an Atlanta Tech Park Member This Summer

By The Park

It’s officially summer! While there aren’t many things better than a beach vacation, we all know that a return to work is inevitable. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, however! Here are five reasons why you should become an Atlanta Tech Park member today, so you have something to look forward to tomorrow… or whenever you get back from vacation.

1. The Savings! For a limited time only, Atlanta Tech Park is offering a summer special where you can get $50 off any membership package for 12 months! While our rates are already competitive, this offer enables you to grow your business even faster with a lower overhead cost than the competition. To redeem this offer, simply enter the code SUMMER50 when you become a member.

2. Premium amenities Within our 45,000+ sq. ft. of office space we have lifting desks, open seating, reserved seating, private offices, multiple boardrooms and conference rooms, a 300-person event space that can be used for your product launch party, and a podcast studio. We also offer mail services and phone lines should your company need those. Some things cost a little extra, but all of them are less than the $50/month you will be saving when you sign up for our summer special using the code SUMMER50 at checkout.

3. Free parking One of the benefits about being located in metro Atlanta (Gwinnett County, to be specific) is the free parking that’s always available to our members and their guests! When hosting a meeting at The Park, there is no need to worry about finding or having enough parking available for all of your guests.

4. Global Innovation Center Atlanta Tech Park’s motto is “local imprint, global footprint.” Our Founder, Robin Bienfait, has experience successfully conducting business in multiple countries and shares her insights with our members once a month. She has helped companies establish patents, fill leadership roles, increase their bottom line, and operate more efficiently. Your company can be next. All you have to do is sign up now!

5. Location, location, location! Atlanta Tech Park is located in Peachtree Corners, GA, which is a simple 25-minute drive to and from Atlanta. Peachtree Corners is also home to the first live autonomous vehicle test track in the United States. The project runs on a 5G signal powered by Sprint, and all of it is literally right outside of Atlanta Tech Park. If your company is serious about making waves in the rapidly changing world of technology, then you need to be at Atlanta Tech Park now.

Atlanta Tech Park to Host Global Cyber-FinTech Event in September 2019

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Over 70% of all credit and debit card transactions are processed through more than 160 Georgia-based companies, which results in billions of dollars in revenue across the board annually. Securely processing these transactions is an industry of its own, and Georgia is home to a handful of the 500 best cybersecurity companies in the world, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Furthermore, more than 80 countries have a presence here in Atlanta, which makes the scope of our event a global one.

With that in mind, Atlanta Tech Park is excited to host the inaugural Global Cyber-FinTech Challenge on September 17 & 18, 2019. The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and one of the best networking opportunities within the industry this year. With over 500 expected attendees from companies around the world, this is a unique opportunity to position your company as a leader in the Cyber-FinTech space. Developers will also have the ability to participate in a handful of “challenges” for a grand prize of $10,000.

Why September and why Atlanta Tech Park?

As with any business, Q3 is a pivotal time of the year that allows many to evaluate how successful the year has been, change course if it hasn’t, and begin forecasting the coming year. Atlanta Tech Park is a great fit to host this event because of our passion for cybersecurity, which stems from Robin Bienfait, the Founder of Atlanta Tech Park, who developed multiple patents. “Cybersecurity is the underlying foundation for all successful tech businesses now and in the future,” Robin says.

To sign up for the Cyber-FinTech event as a sponsor, speaker, exhibitor, or judge, please visit bit.ly/ATLCYBERFIN now.

ABOUT US: With over 75+ companies in residence, Atlanta Tech Park is a technology accelerator in Peachtree Corners, GA. The facility features boardrooms, conference rooms, a video podcasting studio, hot desks, private offices, 600+ person events space, and 100+ person auditorium. Membership and insider information can be found on www.atlantatechpark.com. Please follow us on Twitter at @107ATP and on Instagram at @atlantatechpark for the latest news and updates.

Atlanta Tech Park Launches Summer Special

By The Park

Between now and August 31, 2019, anyone who joins Atlanta Tech Park as a member as part of the Summer Special will receive $50 off each month for an entire year.

To redeem this offer, new members must register for a tour at www.atlantatechpark.com and sign a one-year commitment by the end of August.  When signing up for a membership, use the code SUMMER50 when prompted to on the membership sign up page.

Each membership comes with the capability to add on conference room and podcast studio hours, mail service, and a dedicated phone line. All members also receive one hour of consultation time with Robin Bienfait, the Founder of Atlanta Tech Park, every month. Robin’s business experience includes being an executive for both Samsung and Blackberry and establishing multiple patents under her name.

OneLogin Opens Southeast Headquarters at Atlanta Tech Park in Peachtree Corners

By Latest News, The Park

In Q3 of 2018, OneLogin, a Unified Access Management solution for cloud-based companies, chose to open its Southeast office at Atlanta Tech Park.

(If OneLogin sounds familiar, it may be because the company recently secured a $100 million investment in January of this year.)

The OneLogin offices at ATP were originally a corner suite that consisted of one main office and three smaller offices with six employees. Since their arrival in late 2018, OneLogin has expanded its operation to onboard five more employees and build out its suite to include two more offices and a common area for its team—all within a glass wall with premium branding.

When asked why OneLogin why they chose Atlanta Tech Park as the location for their Southeast office, here’s what their VP of Sales, Drew Prante, had to say:

“The location made sense. We have people from as far out as Cumming and Woodstock while others are in Buckhead and Midtown. In Atlanta, it’s hard to find a central location, and Peachtree Corners allowed us to do that. The facility and conversations we had with Robin and Nashlee while we were looking for a space also factored into us to choosing Atlanta Tech Park.”

From the operations side, having OneLogin at Atlanta Tech Park has been great! Their office buildout served as a catalyst for some of our other companies to expand their own operations, whether it was moving from the open desk space area to a private office or—in the case of Critical Edge Tech—building out a glass wall and private suite of their own.

For more updates on what’s happening at The Park, please subscribe to our newsletter HERE!

State of Network & Device Monitoring Conference To Be Held in March 2019

By Events

Atlanta Tech Park is partnering with Vallum Software to host the inaugural State of Network & Device Monitoring Conference at Atlanta Tech Park in Peachtree Corners on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

This one-day event aims to bring together professionals from the fields of 3-D printing, cloud computing, data infrastructure, devices, IoT, embedded security, and cyber security to achieve a greater understanding of where network and device monitoring is headed in the future as well as establish a way for non-experts to approach the world of network and device monitoring.

Robin Bienfait, ATP Founder and former CISO executive, will deliver a keynote address at the event as will Andrew Peris, the Sr. Director of Core Technologies at Telular Corporation.

The conference features a State of the Industry panel as well.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to speak about their network device and monitoring successes and challenges during happy hour.

The cost to attend is $10, which includes heavy appetizers and drinks. Spots are limited. Register today at bit.ly/vallumconference now.

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