Bridging investors and business intelligence with external data

EXDC is the world’s first External Data Conference bringing together leading minds in business, tech, media and sustainability to discuss the real-world use cases for alternative data. Topics will include ESG, labor markets, supply chains, product & retail trends, capital allocation, competitive intelligence, future of news and open data.

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1 Day,
25 Speakers,
250+ Attendees

Matthew Dowd

Co-Head of Research

Matthew S Rothman

Managing Director

Poppy MacDonald


Norman Niemer

Chief Data Scientist

Mark Gilbreath

Founder and CEO

Marta Lopata

Chief Growth Officer

Toby Wade

Director, Senior Research Analyst

Kevin Maney

Author and Founding Partner at Category Design Advisors

Paul Suhey

Co-Founder & COO

Amit Bhatti


Jonathan Berkow

Alternative Data Lead

Rebecca Yu

Vice President

Saurabh Bhatnagar

Senior Data Scientist

Margaret Holen

Advisor and lecturer

Ross Fadely

Chief of Data Science

John Hocevar

Campaign Director

Lisa Schirf

Former COO of the Data Strategies Group & AI Research at Citadel

Matt Daniels

CEO & Journalist Engineer

Tensie Whelan

Clinical Professor for Business and Society
Director, Center for Sustainable Business

Dan DeFrancesco

Senior Finance Editor

Rajvir Madan

VP Digital, Data Analytics & Innovation

Shoshana Wodinsky

Programmatic Reporter

Marcos López de Prado

CIO of TPT & Professor of Practice

Joshua Fruhlinger


Jon Marino

Finance Editor

Gene Ekster


Alessio Fanelli

Director of Engineering

Richard Berner

Professor of Management Practice

Nick Hart

Chief Executive Officer

Thornton McEnery

Executive Editor

Ben Gilbert

Senior Tech Correspondent

Ready to join the conversation?
Speaker submissions are now open.


The Times Center 242 West 41st St New York, NY 10036
The Times Center 242 West 41st St New York, NY 10036

Why Attend?

Meet data-driven investors, journalists and business intelligence officers and learn how the most innovative companies use external data to answer strategic questions about markets and consumer trends.

Investors Intelligence

With external data, investors now get a view into companies they never had before.

Retrospective on the evolution of alternative, external data industry as seen through the eyes of institutional investors. Panels and keynotes will feature elite investors, hedge fund managers, and data leaders.

• How do top investment banks track dozens of store locators to see retail expansion and produce differentiated research?

• How do leading venture capital firms use external data as a strategic asset to identify next unicorn startups?

• What’s the next frontier for alternative, external data?

Business Intelligence

With external data, operators now get holistic views of their industries

How external data-driven metrics help retail leaders, tech startups and consumer brands to measure their impact and analyze trends. Panels and keynotes from data scientists, corporate leadership, ESG experts and moderated by leading journalists.

• How does foot traffic as measured by social media, store location data, and even hiring trends tell you more than you know about your own business?

• How do business officers analyze labor markets with external data to attract top talent and minimize bias?

• How do companies and investors analyze supply chains’ impact on environment with external data?

Data-driven News

With external data, journalists and publishers tell stories behind numbers

We’ll host leading journalists to discuss the future of news in the age of big data and the business of breaking news in an era of data journalism. Top reporters and editors discuss data, and how it’s gathered, vetted, and reported on, and the way its changing the way we perceive what’s real versus what’s not to be trusted. Panels & keynotes brought to you by data-driven reporters and editors.

• Data-driven reporting is changing news, but what about the quality of the data itself?

• How innovative consumer brands use data story-telling?

What is external data?

Exteral Data Animation

External data is defined as “data outside of an organization’s internal database” coming from a broad array of public online sources, including company websites, social media, marketplaces, satellite imagery and government sources. External data becomes usable when structured and made available in a machine-queryable format. It is at this point that external data allows decision-makers to answer strategic questions about products, locations, footprints, consumer trends and labor markets.

External data is the X factor for companies looking for insights that drive further differentiation and competitive advantage.

According to Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. PRINCIPAL ANALYST at Forrester, external data hunting is on the rise:

56% of decision-makers say their firms are expanding their ability to source external data; another 21% plan to do so in the next 12 months.


  • 9:00am - 9:30am Registration & Breakfast

Investors Intelligence 9:30am - 11:40am

  • 9:30am - 9:40am Welcome
  • 9:40am - 10:15am Panel: Alternative Data or Die
  • 10:15am - 10:45am Panel: How Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms Use External Data
  • 10:45am - 10:50am Short Movie about External Data
  • 10:50am - 11:20am Keynote: Ten Financial Applications of Machine Learning
  • 11:20am - 11:40am Networking Break

Business Intelligence 11:40am - 2:35pm

  • 11:40am - 11:45am Introduction
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm Panel: Shared Economy at Scale
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch Break
  • 1:15pm - 1:45pm Panel: ESG - External Data View on Environment, Social and Governance
  • 1:45pm - 2:15pm Keynote: The End of Healthcare: AI and the Creation of Health Assurance
  • 2:15pm - 2:35pm Networking Break

Data-driven News 2:35pm - 4:45pm

  • 2:35pm - 2:45pm Introduction
  • 2:45pm - 3:15pm Interview: President @USAFacts - Poppy MacDonald
  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break
  • 3:45pm - 4:15pm Media Panel: Why your data sucks?
  • 4:15pm - 4:35pm Keynote: Telling stories with Data
  • 4:35pm - 4:45pm Closing Remarks

EXDC AfterParty (To be announced)