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The Data Stack: A Structured Approach

At Factual, we think about data day and night. Our goal is not just to create products, but to create new data economies that draw people to participate because we offer a better data experience. Because of this mission, we organize our work using what I call the data stack. The idea of a data stack...

Factual and SimpleGeo Form Partnership on Places Data

Today we are announcing a strategic partnership with SimpleGeo to jointly create a more comprehensive location data infrastructure solution for developers and publishers. Through the partnership, SimpleGeo will incorporate Factual’s global places data into its Places API to make it even easier and more convenient to create web and mobile applications. “Based on what developers have...

If It Walks Like An Entrepreneur...

One summer after my freshman year in college, I took a job selling high-end Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door. I thought it might be a good experience. It was. I learned that based on my selling statistics (which were good, but not great), every non-sale got me 1/15th of the way toward a sale. To stay super-motivated,...

An Update From Gil

Hello all, I wanted to give you an update on some exciting new developments. Since our launch in October 2009, we’ve been very busy at our offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai – expanding the company, fine-tuning the product, launching new features, and learning from our ever-growing community. Factual tables are already demonstrating the power and...

A Good Answer is Hard to Find

Our goal at Factual is to build a platform that enables communities to transform bits and pieces of knowledge into clean, usable databases that can be leveraged across a whole range of applications.  But even as we make good progress on that particular front, I think about the other challenges that stand in the way of...