Factual is a location platform that enables development of personalized, contextually relevant experiences in a mobile world. Factual’s real-time data stack builds and maintains high quality data on a global scale, with Factual's core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual’s platform also informs location with contextual demographic and commercial data, and offers cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest.
Our real-time data stack is constantly processing new data contributions that flow in from millions of sources to update and improve the data on an ongoing basis. Factual partners are a key source of data as many of them provide edits and updates back to Factual. The data stack:
Factual was founded in 2007 by Gil Elbaz, co-founder of Applied Semantics (which launched ASI’s AdSense product). Applied Semantics was acquired by Google in 2003, and Gil continued with Google until he left in 2007 to found Factual. Gil has long believed that making data accessible will enable more innovative tools and applications. To that end, he set out to develop an open data platform in an effort to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and accessibility.