Never in the history of the world has there been such a large window of opportunity for a small business to make a small fortune with data; however, the window is closing fast. In 1848, a handful of California locals discovered gold in the Sierra Nevada hills. For these lucky few, gold was sitting out in plain sight waiting to be harvested. By 1849, the word had gotten out, and it wasn't so easy. People came from all over the world to stake their fortune, taking San Francisco from a small settlement to a world renowned mecca of opportunity.

During this time, it wasn't as easy as picking up gold from the ground. But with a little w ...

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