One hazard of being active in the VC/startup scene is that I have to be always reading tweets, news, analysis, to supplement what I already know through my interactions with people in the community. But with little time to read, the amount that I can know through reading alone is limited, and I may miss making the connections between what I can read. So here's the inspiration behind In The Know. It's a tool based on topic modelling techniques, which helps me spot emerging topics in the reading materials that I go through. It supplements what I read, and serves as an important guide towards focusing my attention on what the industry may be (unknowingly) heading towards. Look out for upcoming reports and check out topicmodels, tm (or quanteda), twitteR (tweepy in Python), Rfacebook, XML if you want to get started too! I used the awesome Shiny package to render it (hosted on shinyapp.io).