Startups: DataRPM, Natural Language Search for Big Data
From the Washington Business Journal:
We’re still in the early innings of the analytics revolution, with countless proposed solutions for putting the power of big data into the hands of non-technical corporate users. No one has quite solved that puzzle. DataRPM believes the answer is natural language search.
The startup, which employs about two-dozen people split between its Fairfax headquarters and Bangalore, India, nabbed an $800,000 seed round this month from Virginia’s CIT GAP Funds, 20K Industries and angel investors. It is also plotting out a Series A round for early next year, said CEO Sundeep Sanghavi.
DataRPM is betting its model — which combines a back-end computational search index and front-end natural language search tool for corporate data — will allow it to push into an already crowded field of analytics vendors. Explaining the product, Sanghavi provides this example: A user could search “what was my revenue in 2011 by location by product type,” and DataRPM would produce a visualization of that data.
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