Data Data Data and Five Startups That Love It
There are tons of company’s out in the fight, the fight for data. But these five startups seem to have there ducks in a row and are going somewhere. These startups are trying to make sense of the millions of social media interactions that take place each day. Brands are using social data to monitor advertising campaigns, identify new customers and engage with existing customers.
Katherine Barr, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, has invested in numerous big data startups and believes that many companies are beginning to build their own social data tools. That means startups like DataSift, which focus exclusively on social data, may soon go out of business.
“There’s a window of time for the social data provider companies and their time is right now,” Barr said.”I think there will be a time limit as well as a cap in some cases as to how big and valuable many of those companies can actually get.”
It’s safe to assume Topsy won’t be the last social data company scooped up in the next six to 24 months. Here are a few other startups to keep an eye on.
1. 140 Proof
San Francisco-based 140 Proof has created what it calls a Blended Interest Graph, a tool that targets consumers based on their social media posts and helps advertisers reach the appropriate audience. The company works with thousands of advertisers, including big names like Kraft, Chevy and Microsoft, to surface ads on the web and on mobile where consumers use their social IDs. (Think Tumblr and WordPress blogs, and mobile apps that require a social login.)
“The real gold in social is this publicly available data that we call asymmetrical connections, or indications of interest,” said CEO Jon Elvekrog. “Who you’re following, what you’ve pinned, Tumblr blogs you’ve re-blogged. By harvesting that public information, that gives us a really good idea about what stuff you’d like to see more of.”
140 Proof has raised $6.25 million since it was founded in 2010, but the company is already profitable, Elvekrog said.
The other darling from this busy week, DataSift, announced a $42 million funding round on Tuesday, pushing the company’s financing total over $70 million. Half of the employees in the company are engineers, Bailey said, and the new funding means DataSift will continue to hire aggressively.
Bailey is clearly optimistic about the future of social data analysis and even expects college students to join in on the fun; he predicts universities will soon offer social data MBAs.
Gnip is the third and final U.S. company with access to the entire Twitter firehose, a valuable commodity as it allows access to every tweet sent around the world. (The other two with firehose access, Topsy and DataSift, were mentioned above.) But Twitter isn’t the only sources of social data for Gnip; the company also pulls from Tumblr, Foursquare and WordPress, among others.
The company, which was founded in Boulder, Colo., in 2008, also provides Twitter archive data to the Library of Congress.
LeadSift is a small startup, even by this list’s standards. That doesn’t mean it can’t churn out useful results for its customers, though. LeadSift uses social media to bring brands and retailers the perfect customers. If you tweet about upcoming plans to go car shopping, for example, LeadSift will see that and most likely send your information to its automotive clients ahead of time.
The Nova Scotia-based startup scours Facebook and Twitter for public posts to find what people are talking about and actually buys its Twitter data from DataSift. Its most popular verticals include auto sales, insurance sales and retail. LeadSift is planning a Series A round of funding in early 2014, according to Tukan Das, CEO of LeadSift.
Another social startup based in San Francisco (surprise, surprise), Lithium helps its customers build their own social communities online, often as part of larger company websites. The move allows Lithium clients to better engage with fans and customers of the brand, control where the conversation happens and become an active participant without relying exclusively on external sites like Facebook or Twitter.
The company announced a “pre-IPO” round of financing in September, netting $50 million to bring Lithium’s total fundraising over $150 million. There is no set timetable for the company’s IPO, according to sources close to Lithium, but an IPO toward the back half of 2014 wouldn’t be a surprise.
Thanks Kurt Wagner
- DataSift raises $42M. Maybe there’s something to this social data after all (gigaom.com)
- British Topsy rival DataSift gets $42m investment (telegraph.co.uk)
- Twitter IPO Sparks Investor Interest in Social Startups (bloomberg.com)
- Firehose Specialist DataSift Raises Another $42M Led By Insight Venture Partners To Fulfill Global and Non-Social Ambitions (techcrunch.com)
- DataSift Launches Vedo To Help Enterprises To Channel The Big Social Data Firehose (jeremiahtillman.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Big Data Review: It’s all about the startups (siliconangle.com)
- DataSift releases VEDO, lets you run custom rules for its social data platform on a massive scale (thenextweb.com)
- DataSift Launches Vedo To Help Enterprises To Channel The Big Social Data Firehose (techcrunch.com)
December 12, 2013 | Categories: Social Networking | Tags: 140 Proof, Data, DataSift, facebook, Gnip, Jon Elvekrog, Katherine Barr, LeadSift, Library of Congress, Lithium Technologies, Social Networking, Topsy, Twitter, WordPress | 1 Comment
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Blackberry World Application List
Whats In & Whats Out
By Corey GmaN
Lots of topics going around with apps in Blackberry 10 and if they are going to be included or not, so I made a current list, and I can constantly update it to keep track if it is or is not coming to blackberry 10. Will be nice to have one reference point to view. I am not going to list every app that is going to be in Blackberry World, lets try to key on the top 200 or so apps. The bigger players in the market. And just to stop some of the rants, we all understand that you only need certain apps for your lifestyle, but just keep in mind everybody is different. I am also assuming a lot of the not included apps will be announced before the phones are available in the US.
- If you can use the app in the browser, it is not counted as included in Blackberry 10
- If the app is side-loaded from android it is also not counted as included in Blackberry 10
Business and Productivity
Bloomberg, BMC Service Desk & Remedy, Box, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix Podio, CNBC, Dictionary.com, Emirates NBD, ePrint, Harmon.ie, IBM Notes, Traveler, ING DIRECT Canada, Nat West, RBC, RBS, SAP, TD Bank Group, and Thomson Reuters.
Alpha Zero, Angry Birds (all variants so far), Asphalt 7:Heat, Azkend, Azkend2, Bejeweled 2, Boom Brigade 2, Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments, Dead Space, Doodle Devil, Doodle God, Dragon Portal, EVAC HD, Flight Control Rocket, Fruit Ninja, Great Big War Game, Great Little War Game, Ice Age Village, InXile, Ironworm, Jetpack Joyride, Joining Hands, King Oddball, Let’s Golf! 3, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, MONOPOLY Millionaire, N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, NBA Jam, Oregon Trail American Settler, Plants vs. Zombies, Quell, Real Soccer 2013, Robotek, Shadowgun, Shark Dash, Six Guns, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sparkle, Square One, Tetris, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bard’s Tale, The Dark Knight Rises, The Sims FreePlay, UNO, Where’s My Perry?, Where’s My Water?, World of Goo, and World Series of Poker.
AccuWeather, Air Canada, Air France, Delta Air Lines, DStv Mobile, Easyjet, FlightAware, Flixster, KLM, Manulife Financial, President’s Choice Recipe Box, SkyScanner, Spotcast, StubHub, The Weather Channel, The Weather Network, Tim Hortons TimmyMe, United Airlines, Wikitude, WisePilot, Yellow Pages Group, and Zara.
Absolute Radio, Al Jazeera, Allocine, Astral Radio, BBC Worldwide- Top Gear, BubblePix, Channel 4, Corus Entertainment- Radio, Deezer, E! Online, eMusic, Europe 1, History Channel, Kiss Kube, MTV Italia, Nobex Radio, NOS, N-TV Nachrichten, Occipital 360 Panorama, OxygenLive, Pacemaker, PaperCamera, Rdio, Shahid.net, SiriusXM, Slacker, Songza, SoundHound, TuneIn, and Volu.me.
AFP News, Amazon Kindle, CBC (News, Radio, Music, Hockey Night in Canada), Cosmopolitan, Economist, Elle, elmundo.es, El Pais, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Grazia Italy, Handlesbaltt, kicker, Leo Dictionary, MailOnline, Maxim, Motor Trend, News24, New York Times, NU.nl, PressReader, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The London Evening Standard, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Wirtschaftswoche.
Badoo, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, ooVoo, Skype, Tuenti Social Messenger, Truphone, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp, and Xing.
CBSSports.com, ESPN ScoreCenter, Goal.com, L’equipe, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment‘s Maple Leafs Mobile App and Raptors Mobile App, MLB.com At Bat, NHL GameCenter, PGA Tour, Runtastic, Sports Tracker, and UFC.
Business and Productivity
Mint, alot of non Canadian banks.
AP Mobile, Flipboard, Nook, Pocket, and Zite.
Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Netflix, Showtime, and TV.com
Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp, as well as any third-party Twitter clients.
American Airlines, BA, Expedia, Google Maps, Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, Tripit, and most brand-name GPS apps.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
- Blackberry World Application List – Whats In & Whats Out (forums.crackberry.com)
- WhatsApp Now Available on BlackBerry 10 (blogs.blackberry.com)
- WhatsApp lands on BlackBerry 10, offers Z10 owners a BBM alternative (engadget.com)
- WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 coming next week (crackberry.com)
- BlackBerry World: Solutions Showcase (blogs.blackberry.com)
- WhatsApp updated to v2.9.3997.0 for BlackBerry 10 devices (crackberry.com)
- Words with Friends now available in BlackBerry World! (forums.crackberry.com)
- WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 now available (mobilesyrup.com)
- BlackBerry World 2012 Keynote Highlights: BlackBerry 10, App Demos, and More (bizblog.blackberry.com)
- Google Talk For BlackBerry 10 Updated To v10.0.10.7 In BlackBerry World (kristinesite.wordpress.com)
February 2, 2013 | Categories: Information, Mobile, Technology | Tags: amazon, Angry Birds, applications, Blackberry, Blackberry 10, Blackberry World, Canada, Cut the Rope, Dark Knight Rises, facebook, foursquare, Great Little War Game, IBM, ING Group, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Netflix, OoVoo, pinterest, SAP AG, Skype, Twitter, Whatsapp | 15 Comments