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Editor’s Note: TechCrunch columnist Semil Shah currently works at Votizen and is based in Palo Alto. You can follow him on Twitter @semil

“In the Studio” opens its doors this week to one of Silicon Valley’s most quietly active venture capitalists who, after years working in technology operations for major networking companies, a stint with an Asian telecom giant, and nearly a decade investing in mobile, gaming, digital media, and networking companies, is paying particular attention to the implications of big data and the potential opportunities they create.

For the past decade, Ping Li has been investing in across a broad range of technology companies with Accel Partners, where he is a general partner. Since their defining Series A investment in Facebook, the firm has been on a roll, opening offices in New York City and expanding its footprint overseas, all while maintaining their anchor in the middle of Palo Alto’s University Avenue. And, over the past few years, Accel has also developed an interest in “big data.”

The term “big data” is thrown around often in conversation or at tech conferences, but despite the generalizations and hype, significant opportunities exist for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Last year, I attempted to analyze how big data impacted the consumer web and concluded that while opportunities were abundant, very few were in a positions to capitalize on them given the scarcity of talent in these specific areas of the consumer web.

Li and his partners at Accel are certainly looking at big data as it applies to consumer products — the massive amounts of unstructured social data we are all generating through social media and applications, waiting to be harvested. On the enterprise side of things, however, Li believes big data is on the verge of going mainstream, where datasets and analytical tools will soon be available to everyone, igniting new waves of innovation that could disrupt major public companies from the platform all the way to the application layer.

In this conversation, Li shares his views on the big data landscape and also offers subtle advice to potential founders looking into the space. Having the benefit to see many big data technologies and applications over the past few years, he has developed a keen sense of what minefields founders need to look out for when creating these technologies. To take things a step further, Li and his partners at Accel launched a $100M Big Data Fund, invested in creating an ecosystem of academics, technologists, and thought-leaders, and are hosting a private conference at Stanford on May 9 on this topic (technologists working on big data who would like to attend can contact Accel directly through the conference site).

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TEDxGolfLinksPark - Dr Sridhar Mitta - Story of IT in India

Dr. Sridhar Mitta, aged 65 years, is the Managing Director and Founder of NextWealth Entrepreneurs Private Limited, Bangalore, India. NextWealth has developed a distributed delivery model to provide Information Technology related jobs to graduates from small towns. The innovative business model provides value to small town graduates and customers and reverses migration to cities. Dr. Mitta was the Managing Director of e4e India during 2000 to 2010. Prior to e4e Dr. Mitta was with Wipro Information Technology business since its inception in 1980. He was its first employee and played key role in Wipro achieving technology leadership. He pioneered global delivery of outsourced product development services. Wipro became the highest valued company in India during his tenure. Dr. Mitta was also the Founder and CEO of EnThink Inc. , an Intellectual Property design company located in silicon valley during 1998-2000. He began his career with Electronics Corporation of India, Limited, Hyderabad in 1973 . Dr. Mitta is very passionate about promoting entrepreneurship. He is associated with ‘The IndUs Entrepreneurs (TiE)’ which fosters entrepreneurship globally. He served as the President of TiE Bangalore Chapter and a member of Board of Trustees of TiE Global. He is also advisor to several venture capital organizations and serves in board of several companies. He mentors many young companies. Dr. Mitta holds a PhD and MS from Oklahoma State University , US ; an M Tech from the <b>...</b>
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