Will Scully-Power

Data start-up raises $5.25 million
June 8, 2010, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Algorithms, Analytics, Data, Datarati, Techcrunch | Tags: , ,

Connotate, which aims to help companies collect data and content from the Web and transform this unstructured data into actionable enterprise intelligence, this morning announced that it has raised $5.25 million in venture capital from .406 Ventures.

Based on technology developed at Rutgers University, Connotate provides customized real-time Web information extraction capabilities that help organizations transform data into actionable intelligence, in order to create new revenue streams, increase productivity and track Web sites with automated processes.

More: http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/08/connotate/


Ragic database start-up launches in Asia
October 11, 2009, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Data, Techcrunch


5-man startup Ragic wants to take on big enterprise solution companies like Salesforce with a dead simple database creation tool that’s based on a spreadsheet UI. Ragic claims their users can build a full-scale enterprise application like Salesforce’s account management system by themselves in about an hour – without any coding. Alternatively, users can customize and deploy applications offered by Ragic, i.e. their issue tracking or employee management solutions (Ragic’s own account management system is here).

The six applications Ragic currently offers are free to use for a limited time and are as easy to use as Excel. The company earns money by charging customers on a monthly basis (just like Salesforce in the form of a Platform as a Service model) and selling OEM licenses to web design companies.

More: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/11/techcrunchcrunchgear-meetup-taipei-6-taiwanese-startups-demo-their-services/

Editing Google Spreadsheets on the iPhone
February 14, 2009, 12:06 am
Filed under: iPhone, Techcrunch | Tags: , , ,


Google Spreadsheets can now be edited on Android mobile phones and iPhones. Up until now, all Google Docs (online docs, spreadsheets, and presentations) could only be viewed on mobile phones. Editable spreadsheets work inside the mobile browser, which for both Android and iPhone is based on Webkit.

More: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/13/now-you-can-edit-google-spreadsheets-on-androids-and-iphones/

Kyte.tv launches analytics tool
January 27, 2009, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Mobile, Techcrunch, Video | Tags: , , , , ,

To help its customers manage their mobile video channels just as they would any other Web property, Kyte will introduce a new dashboard and management console on Tuesday at a conference in Las Vegas. 

The Kyte Dashboard is a bit like Google Analytics for cell-phone video. It is filled with charts showing the number of views for each show, ad impressions, bandwidth usage, most watched shows, and the sites where the embeddable videos are watched the most.

More: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/26/the-kyte-dashboard-like-google-analytics-for-your-cell-phone-videos/

Akami buys Acerno for Ad targetting
October 21, 2008, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Behavioural Targeting, Techcrunch | Tags: , , , ,

Akamai wants to branch out of the content delivery business. Today it announced an all-cash, $95 million acquisition of acerno, a subsidiary of database marketing firm i-Behavior. Acerno pools purchasing data from online retailers, who then share it among themselves in an aggregate, anonymous way. So if one retailer sees that people who buy pencils also buy sharpeners, when somebody looks at a sharpener on another site it will know to put up an offer for a pencil. This data becomes more valuable as the connections become less obvious.

Akamai will combine acerno’s purchasing data with its own Web browsing data to offer Websites an even more refined way to target ads. It is blending acerno into a newly created data business called Advertising Decision Solutions.

Investors, though, may question what a content delivery network is doing getting into the advertising business. The stock is down 2 percent on the news.

Nader ‘The Data Gator’ has arrived!

This morning, our data mascot ‘Nader’ the data gator arrived at the office!

Will Scully-Power
Data Director

Excel, Powerpoint now iChart
September 10, 2008, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Analytics, Techcrunch | Tags: , , ,

Today, you will find 900 billion charts offline but only 40 million charts online. Because of that, iCharts believes it currently must be too difficult to bring charts online. So it has developed an easy way to create, share, and embed interactive charts.

The self-proclaimed “YouTube for interactive charts,” iChart provides a way for users to take data they created with other services like Excel or Google Spreadsheets, and upload that data directly to iCharts. Once collected, users need only to drag and drop the data to the chart to create a fully-modifiable and interactive chart.

The startup presented today at TechCrunch50 during the Finance and Statistics session. You can watch a video of its presentation here.

At the bottom of every iChart, controls let users modify the view and change the data series. In addition to being able to zoom into a data range and highlight the most relevant data, users can upload audio files that they record to accompany the chart.

Like most of the other services announced at TechCrunch50, iCharts offers a widget that will let users place the chart anywhere online and can even be embedded into Powerpoint presentations, PDF files, and anything that’s capable of handling Flash content.

Most importantly, iCharts can be published and shared with anyone visiting the site and are automatically optimized so web surfers find them as images in search.

iCharts launches today and is already populated with a slew of charts that are freely available for reuse.

Will Scully-Power
Data Director

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