10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2012 (So Far)

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CEO: Rob Bailey

Twitter, Facebook and other social network sites generate a huge volume of information that can be a goldmine for businesses -- if they have a way of capturing and analyzing it. DataSift offers software that businesses use to define complex filters, based on such criteria as location, gender and even sentiment, to sort through billions of social interactions.

DataSift was born out of Tweetmeme and began offering its product in November 2011. In February, the San Francisco company inked a deal with Twitter, giving DataSift access to an archive of tweets going back to January 2010 for market research purposes. And in May, the startup raised $7.2 million in venture funding.


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