The cat’s been out of the bag for a while now to many in the Arkansas startup community.
Its latest Demo Day — the world’s most prestigious pitch event? — went down this week in Mountain View, Calif. VentureBeat’s Christina Farr named DataRank one of the “most memorable to watch” of the 49 startups that pitched before potential investors including Ashton “Steve Jobs” Kutcher and Joe Montana.
Now that Demo Day is done, we can officially let the cat outta the bag in this space — DataRank rocked Y Combinator.
In VentureBeat, Farr called DataRank one of the “most memorable” of the bunch at YC. Here’s what she had to say specifically about the Fayetteville firm:
DataRank, formerly known as TTAGG, organizes online conversations for consumer brands. Marketing teams can monitor certain topics, and DataRank will get to work, pulling in the most relevant information from across the web and compiling it into a visual dashboard.
“In the past, brands would use focus groups — but we know that focus groups have problems. Now brands have a better way of getting that same information,” founder Ryan Frazier said onstage at demo day.
What’s cool about it?
This company has demonstrated some impressive growth and traction. The team is already working with consumer giants. Customers typically pay $5,000 a month, so the founders claim to already be at a half a million dollar run rate.
DataRank is the first Arkansas company to make it to Y Combinator.
What are investors saying?
DataRank has already amassed seed funding from Gravity Ventures, where the founder worked as a fellow. On AngelList, where the startup has set up a profile, investors have spoken out about the work ethic and professionalism of the team.
“They have their own machine learning algorithm that can parse out semantics. Pagerank was for knowledge. They are doing the same thing for social media,” said Chris Gottschalk from Blumberg Ventures.
Keep up the great work, guys. You’ve made us all proud. #WPS and all…
And again, here’s the full story from Farr at VentureBeat.