RECENT NOTABLE ACTIVITY – DATA AS A SERVICE

  • Megalytics, a data and analytics provider for risk assessment and due diligence, raises $1M Seed funding from an undisclosed investor. Link
  • Gridics, a data and analytics solution provider for residential addresses, raises $1.6M Seed funding led by BH3 Management. Link
  • DataFox, a data platform for prospecting sales lead, raises $5M in Debt financing from undisclosed investor. Link
  • SmartKarma, a platform for investment insights,  raises $13.5M in Series B funding led by Sequoia India. Link
  • ImageSat, a satellite-based earth imagery provider, receives an investment of $40M from FIMI fund. Link
  • Ursa Space Systems, a Geospatial maps and insights provider, raises $7M Series A financing from Paladin Capital Group, New Enterprise Associates, S&P Global and others. Link
  • ConstructionJournal, a construction project lead generation data provider, acquires Construction Reports. Link
  • Onvia, a procurement management platform, agrees to be acquired by Project Diamond Intermediate Holdings Corp, the parent entity of Deltek. Link
  • MDA Corporation, a Satellite imagery and mapping provider, completes the acquisition of DigitalGlobe. Link
  • MetaBrite, a consumer behavioral insights for CPG Industry, raises $1.5M in Debt financing from an undisclosed investor. Link
  • Nielsen, to acquire Visual IQ, a provider of multi-touch attribution modeling of advertising on digital platforms. Link
  • Wuxi NextCode, a platform for genomic data, raises $240M in Series B financing led by Sequoia China. Link
  • Soundcharts, a metadata service provider for the music industry, raises $3.1M in Series A financing led by Alven Capital. Link
  • Symphony Health, a data and analytics company, acquired by PRA Health Sciences for $530M. Link

SOME INTERESTING STARTUPS FOUND

Chartmetrics (2015, Palo Alto) – Provides music data analytics platform by tracking playlists, tracks, charts and others using AI.
FeatureX (2015, Cambridge) – Platform for providing insights on economic activity, from high-resolution satellite images, using machine learning techniques.

LEADER BOARD – DATA AS A SERVICE

Finance – Public Market Investment
Bloomberg LP (1981, NYC) – Privately held financial software, data, and media company. Revenue of the company is estimated to be over $9 billion.

Thomson Reuters (2008, Toronto, IPO) – Delivers financial information – including fundamentals, estimates, primary and secondary research reports through Thomson Reuters Eikon. Formed by a merger of Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group in 2008.

Finance – Private Market Investment
Owler (2011, San Mateo, $19M) – Provides competitive intelligence reports on business. Backed by NVP and Trinity Ventures.

PitchBook Data (2008, Seattle, $14M, Acq) – Database of global M&A, PE, and VC transactions – along with the companies, investors, funds, LPs and executives involved. Acquired by Morningstar for $225M in Oct 2016.

Finance – Credit Information
Equifax (1899, Atlanta, IPO) – Consumer credit reporting agency. Sells consumer credit and insurance reports, analytics products, and fraud & identity theft prevention products. Went IPO in 1971.

Experian (1996, Costa Mesa, IPO) – Offers credit services, marketing services, decision analytics and consumer services to businesses and individuals. Collects information on people, businesses, motor vehicles and insurance. Also, collects lifestyle data from on-and off-line surveys.
TransUnion (1968, Chicago, IPO) – Provides credit information and information management service to businesses and consumers. Went public in June 2015.

Market Intelligence – Industry Intelligence
IHS (1959, Englewood, IPO) – Provider of information, insight, and analytics in industries, such as aerospace, defense & security, automotive, chemical, energy, maritime & trade, and technology. Went public in November 2005.

Euromonitor (1972, London) – Offers competitor intelligence, market and trend analysis, M&A, statistical data and analysis in a range of industries ranging from consumer goods to travel services. Privately owned company.

Market Intelligence – Competitor Intelligence
App Annie (2010, SF, $156M) – Offers app store optimization and market intelligence through various products. Backed by IVP, Sequoia Capital, IDG Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners, EVentures, Infinity Venture Partners, Kii Capital , and Strive Capital.

SimilarWeb (2007, London, $65M) – Collects, measures, analyzes and provides user engagement statistics for websites and mobile applications. Backed by Naspers and Docor International Management.

Market Intelligence – Product Intelligence
GlobalSpec (1996, East Greenbush, $20M, Acq) – Specialized vertical search, product information and digital media company serving the engineering, manufacturing and related scientific and technical market segments. Acquired by IHS Inc for $135M in 2012.

Indix (2010, Chennai, $29M) – Cloud-based consumer product database for brands, retailers, and developers. Backed by NGP, NVP, Avalon Ventures, and Anthemis Group.

Marketing – Consumer Intelligence
Nielsen (1923, NYC, IPO) – Global information and measurement company enabling companies to understand consumers and their behavior. Measure and monitors what consumer watch (programming, advertising) and what consumers buy (categories, brands, products). Went public in January 2011.

GfK (1934, Nuremberg, IPO) – Germany’s largest consumer research firm providing data and insights about consumer choices and consumer experience across the industries. Went public in September 1999.

Marketing – Lead Generation
Relationship Science (2010, NYC, $121M) – Its RelSci platform provides a database of more than 1 million organizations and the over 3 million decision makers affiliated with them, along with sophisticated analytics tools, reporting dashboards and CRM integrations. Backed by RIT Capital, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, and Hearst Ventures.

InsideView (2005, SF, $89M) – Its platform aggregates customer information from various sources and provides that information through API to sales and marketing team to augment a lead profile. Backed by Big Sky Partners, Emergence Capital Partners, Foundation Capital, Greenhouse Capital Partners, and JDM Capital.

Public Data
Socrata (2007, Seattle, $54.5M) – Cloud-based software company enables users to access government data. Backed by Sapphire Ventures, OpenView Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Frazier Technology Ventures, and In-Q-Tel.

Quid (2010, SF, $52.5M) – In-browser software that uses ML algorithms to process a very large number of news articles, blog posts and documents such as patents and company data and indexes and categorizes this data, to find and amplify the small signals that are crucial to identifying actionable insights. Backed by Liberty Interactive Corporation, ARTIS Ventures, Atomico, Buchanan Investments, Subtraction Capital, Tiger Partners, Thomas H. Lee Limited Family Partnership II, Acadia Woods, Endeavour Vision, Infocomm Investments, and Founders Fund.

Social Data
Dataminr (2009, NYC, $175M) – Trawls social media and other sources to extract key developments for public safety, bankers and news organizations. Backed by Fidelity Investments, IVP, Venrock, GSV Capital, Deep Fork Capital, Credit Suisse, Wellington Management, SharePost Investment Management, WorldQuant Ventures, Glynn Capital, Goldman Sachs, GSV Capital and Box Group.

DataSift (2010, Reading, $70M) – Social data platform. Provides access to real-time and historical social data streams. Backed by Upfront Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, IA Ventures, Cendana Capital, Daher Capital, GRP Partners, Northgate Capital, and The FSE Group.

Weather
Spire (2012, SF, $66.5M) – Satellite powered data company. Provides maritime intelligence and weather data. Backed by RRE Ventures, BVP, Jump Capital, Lemnos Labs, Promus Ventures, Emerge, Fresco Capital, Beamonte Investments, Mitsui & Co Global Investments, Grishin Robotics, and Shasta Ventures.

EarthNetworks (1993, Germantown, $44M) – Provider of current weather data, the latest forecasts, and critical severe weather data collected through a network of weather and climate sensors. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Partner, and HarbourVest Partners.

Geospatial
DigitalGlobe (1993, Longmont, IPO): Provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery and geospatial solutions. Backed by Wavemaker Partners (formerly Siemer Ventures). Went public in May 2009.

Urthecast (2010, Vancouver, IPO): Provider of earth imagery and video at multiple resolutions. Went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in June 2013.

Traffic
Inrix (2004, Kirkland, $133M) – Provides historical, real-time traffic information, traffic forecasts, travel times, traffic count, and roadway incident reports to businesses and individuals. Backed by Intel Capital, KPCB, Porsche Automobil Holding, August Capital, and Bain Capital.

Miovision Technologies (2005, Kitchener, $24M) – Provides automated traffic data collection systems and video collection units to record traffic movements in urban and rural settings. Backed by Comerica Bank, FedDev Ontario, Golden Triangle Angel Network, Investeco Capital, MacKinnon Bennett & Co.

Legal
LexisNexis (1977, NYC): A member of Reed Elsevier, provides content-enabled workflow solutions including LegalResearch, Litigation Support, Legal Practice Management(LPM), IP management.

FiscalNote (2013, Washington, $28M) – Aggregates all the data on legislation and provides a summary of the legislation, sentiment analysis to the decision makers. Backed by Visionnaire Ventures, Green Visor Capital, NEA, Perle Ventures, Conversion Capital, SF Capital, 645 Ventures, Plug & Play Ventures, Renren Inc, Middleland Capital and AME Cloud Ventures.

Genealogy
Ancestry (1983, Provo, $146M, Acq.) – Provides genealogical and historical records focused on the USA and nine other foreign countries, genealogical software, and a wide array of genealogical related services. Acquired by Permira Advisers Ltd in 2012.

MyHeritage (2005, Or Yehuda, $49M) – Aggregates historical records (Birth, marriage, burial, immigration, census, military etc) of people online and provides mobile and software platform for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. Backed by Accel, Index Ventures, BVP, Hasso Plattner Ventures, and Cross Creek Advisors.

Marketplace
Quandl (2011, Toronto, $20M) – Marketplace for financial and economic datasets. Backed by August Capital, and Nexus Venture Partners.

Leaderboard includes all the top funded, IPO and successfully running bootstrapped companies along with their location, founding year and funding amount

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