It's been a few years since I've connected with network industry veteran Chris Lynch (See "Ex-Vertica CEO pledges to build high-speed railway for Big Data"), but when we did last talk he mainly had Big Data on his mind. Since then, he's started an early stage venture capital firm called Accomplice that indeed has invested in that field. And to book, his Twitter handle is @LynchBigData.
Lynch's current focus on Big Data includes startling numbers about childhood cancers, including that only 4% of all federal cancer research funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. This is a state of affairs he's doing something about via a serious fundraising campaign called Tech Tackles Cancer through which he aims to raise $100 million.
When you visit the sign-up page for the Nov. 7 kickoff St. Baldricks Foundation event in Boston, at which he hopes to raise $500K via a day of head-shaving across from Fenway Park, you're hit with this factoid: "14,583 kids will be diagnosed with CANCER this month." Lynch embraced this cause after a colleague's six-year-old son died from cancer.
Lynch is leaning on tech connections across the country, including in NYC, Austin and Washington, D.C. to host similar events.