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MIT Technology Review Names Factual One of 50 Disruptive Companies in 2013

I’m excited to announce that Factual has been selected as one of MIT Technology Review’s 2013 50 Disruptive Companies in the field of Internet and Digital Media.  We were nominated by MIT Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that have demonstrated original and valuable technology over the past year, are bringing that technology to market...

One Step Closer to Representing the Physical World in Real-Time

I’m happy to announce Factual is today extending our entire data stack to include more robust real-time capabilities – not just serving the data, but consuming and assimilating new information. With this release, developers and enterprises can now make changes to Factual Places data in real-time. These real-time contributions are available for US places today, with...

You Need to Know the Power of APIs

Note: This was originally posted by CIO Review on 10/2/2012, available here. As someone who is dedicated to creating high quality and accessible data, I am encouraged that more and more people are realizing that data in massive volumes does not really mean much unless it is high quality, verifiable, relevant, and accessible. The most important...

Data Markets: The Emerging Data Economy

Note: This was originally posted on TechCrunch on 9/30/2012, available here.  The term data market brings to mind a traditional structure in which vendors sell data for money. Indeed, this form of market is on the rise with companies large and small jumping in. Think of Azure Data Marketplace (Microsoft), data.com (Salesforce.com),InfoChimps.com, and DataMarket.com. While this model allows...

Two Additions to Factual’s Advisory Board

We are excited to announce that Clare Hart and Jason Rosenthal have joined our Advisory Board. Clare Hart is an incredibly accomplished executive with an extensive history of leading data and information-intensive companies.  Most recently, she was the President and CEO of Infogroup where she led the company in development and execution of its first strategic...