Since launching in 2018, real-time market research platform Suzy has been making strides in introducing technology to a traditionally fragmented, slow, and expensive industry. Suzy’s advanced research tools enable brands to make data-driven decisions with quality consumer insight in an agile offering. Presently, over 200 brands including Johnson & Johnson, Chipotle, and Citibank partner with Suzy to capture their customer insights and 500M+ consumer research responses have been recorded on its platform. The company is on pace to do $20M in ARR this year. AlleyWatch caught up with President Avi Savar to learn more about the market research industry, Suzy’s growth plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Rho Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Triangle Peak Partners, and Foundry Group.
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The pandemic has been a particularly challenging time for business development professionals who have had to find new ways of meeting prospects outside of conferences, in-person meetings, and other traditional methods. Grata has built the first search engine of small and mid-sized companies for recruiting, banking, and private equity professionals. Unlike a traditional Google search or legacy databases, instantly reveals companies by strategic fit, whether that be by what they do, how they’re positioned, or the markets they target. CEO and Cofounder Andrew Bocskocsky shares more about how Grata is transforming prospecting, the company’s seed round from investors that include Bling Capital. Accomplice, and Alumni Ventures Group, and much much more…
Clinical data has the potential to transform the healthcare system and we are in the midst of a healthcare data revolution. However, health care data can be unique and difficult to measure. Aetion, the Real World Evidence Platform®, allows the healthcare industry to make critical decisions about treatments and drug development from a high-level and detailed perspective. Real World Evidence leads to informed decision-making and Aetion, founded by two physicians from Harvard, enables this with a focus on technology and big data. CEO Carolyn Magill shares more about how the company powers regulators, biopharma, payers, and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies, the company’s future plans, and Aetion’s Series B, which brings the total round size to $82B extension. Aetion has now raised a total of $93.6M across five rounds.
Dataiku is a leading global enterprise AI company that weaves AI into everyday operations at some of the largest companies like BNP Paribas, GE Aviation, Sephora, and more. Now more than ever before, companies need to harness Enterprise AI as a widespread organizational asset instead of siloing it into a specific team or role. VP of Finance Ed Bush shares more on Dataiku’s mission to make AI ubiquitous for enterprise companies, the company’s future plans, and recent funding round from investors that include Stripes, Tiger Global Management, Battery Ventures, CapitalG, Dawn Capital, FirstMark Capital, and ICONIQ.
“We are a very successful niche player, and I recalled being asked: why we were planning to be profitable so soon in the model. My response was: because we can. In one of the other 50+ rejections, I heard that the respective fund was not keen to proceed because they had serious doubts I could raise subsequent rounds, my answer to that was that I was building a sustainable company and not a fundraising machine.” Learn more about how Valeria Morozovsky Girimonte was able to break through and raise the first institutional round for REDD Intelligence, the leading intelligence platform for emerging markets.
The go-to resource for software engineers, Stack Overflow has served as the information exchange for anything coding related since 2008. The company is now increasing its focus on its SaaS offering – Stack Overflow for Teams, a collaboration platform and repository for sensitive company information. The overnight shift to remote work has fueled the growth of this product. CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar shares some details on the impressive traction, the company’s future plans, and recent funding round from investors that include GIC, Silver Lake Waterman, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures.
“We have all walked into a grocery store and seen empty shelves, while food is being wasted at alarming levels. This paradox is the result of thousands of food companies being dependent on outdated, siloed infrastructure. Crisp transforms the value chain by providing an open data flow to solve critical problems such as out-of-stock, shrink, on-shelf optimization, and adaptation to changes in consumer demand.” We caught up with serial entrepreneur and Founder Are Traasdahl (exit Tapad for $360M) to learn more about how Crisp’s technology helps better manage the food supply chain during the pandemic, the company’s impressive growth, and recent funding round from investors that include FirstMark Capital, Spring Capital, and Swell Partners.
Sales, marketing, and advertising are at the heart of B2B revenue generation efforts. However, there has traditionally been a lack of collaboration between these important functions with each often operating under its own silo. 1sm bridges this gap with its category-creating revenue operation analytics platform that centralizes knowledge and data into a single, easy-to-use dashboard that integrates with existing technology stacks. CEO and Cofounder James Weitzman walks us through the platform, the experience of raising during the pandemic, and the company’s plans as it emerges from private beta in the next few months.
“Data is the new oil” and MayStreet provides that oil to the financial services industry, ranging from traders to regulators. The company’s robust real-time data infrastructure platform provides a full view of the book on equities, bonds, and derivatives, time-stamped to the nanosecond level. CEO and Cofounder Patrick Flannery walks us through how the inspiration for the business came to him and his cofounder while working as engineers in the hedge fund world, how the company landed the SEC as a client, and the company’s recent funding round led by Credit Suisse Asset Management’s NEXT Investors.
Simplecast, the podcast management and analytics platform, has been acquired by SiriusXM, the satellite radio provider and parent company to Pandora. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed. SiriusXM plans to combine Simplecast with AdsWizz, the podcasting monetization platform that Pandora acquired in 2018.
With GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act marking the beginning of a shift in how we view privacy data, there is an increased need for businesses to be compliant as more regulations emerge. Ethyca’s data privacy automation platform provides developers and product teams the ability to ensure consumer data privacy throughout applications and services design. CEO and Cofounder Cillian Kieran walks us through the company’s history, the pain point it is solving, and latest funding round, which brings the total funding raised to $20M since 2018.