Andrew Fogg

Andrew Fogg

Andrew is one of the founders of and serves as our Chief Data Officer. A scientist by training, he has worked with data all his career in both business and academia.
equity research

How to Leverage Data Extraction in Equity Research

Gathering data for equity research reports is time consuming and resource draining. Fortunately, the right tools can help organize and speed up the process so tedious research and data entry tasks are streamlined. Data extraction software gets the data you need in a structured format to quickly synthesize the information into usable equity reports. This […]

data extraction

4 data extraction tactics to take your SEO to the next level

Data extraction has powerful uses in a number of industries. Some notable use cases are equity research, marketplace inventory, competitor price monitoring, lead generation, and reputation monitoring. In this article, we’re going to dive into how you can use data extraction to gain traffic from Google. Or in other words, how you can use data extraction […]

web scraping

3 Ways Non-Technical Marketers Can Leverage Web Scraping

You may hear web scraping and shiver, thinking that it’s only for the most technical among us. However, marketers can use web scraping too, and they can get massive value from doing so. You don’t even need to be super technical to figure it out, either. While you’re probably aware of what web scraping is, […]

deep learning

A History of Deep Learning

These days, you hear a lot about machine learning (or ML) and artificial intelligence (or AI) – both good or bad depending on your source. Many of us immediately conjure up images of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Terminator cyborgs, C-3PO, or Samantha from Her when the subject turns to AI. And many […]

big data blogs

The Top 20 Big Data Blogs and Influencers to Follow

According to research conducted by Gartner, “Big data investments continue to rise but are showing signs of contracting.” The company’s most recent survey found that “48 percent of companies have invested in big data in 2016, up 3 percent from 2015. However, those who plan to invest in big data within the next two years […]

What you need to know to make Deep Learning work for you

Artificial Intelligence made promises that it couldn’t keep for over five decades.  But that has all changed with the advent of Deep Learning, which has been delivering staggering results in the past few years. The field of Deep Learning is accelerating as researchers try bolder and bolder experiments. Some of the applications of Deep Learning, […]

Artificial Intelligence Regulation

Artificial Intelligence Regulation: Let’s not regulate mathematics!

On Wednesday, ahead of today’s White House Frontiers Conference, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released its report on Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. The report is optimistic, comprehensive and well-balanced. In summary: full-speed ahead.  But let’s be smart when it comes to Artificial Intelligence regulation. The premise is that […]

what is artificial intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence? Louis Monier explains everything.

What is Artificial Intelligence? Our Chief Scientist Louis Monier gives you the straight dope on AI. Artificial Intelligence, always a very polarizing subject, is back on top of the news. Unless you have been on a deep space mission for the past year, you have been exposed to opinions ranging from “this will change everything […]

Can data shape the future of mental health support?

What follows is a reproduction of an article from The Guardian newspaper.  It discusses Plexus, an app developer that is using to acquire mental health data from the web for their chatbot named Grace.     Can data shape the future of mental health support? If you’re experiencing a mental health issue, one of the people you probably least […]

5 New Advanced Data Extraction Features To Try Out

You asked for more powerful data extraction features. We took your feedback and set our Engineers loose on the challenge. We are excited to announce 5 brand new advanced data extraction features that will help you get data out of more websites: Disable CSS Default Column Values Advanced Regex Support Require Column Values Raw HTML […]

Our biggest update ever!

On the 2nd of April, we launched a new version of with many enhanced capabilities. The highlights include: 100% web based experience including an all-new web extractor Scheduler – schedule your extraction runs right from our UI Data Storage – allow us to store your data for you Upgraded JavaScript support Highly scalable backend […]

Query API – Service Availability

Last updated: 2pm PST, Wednesday 9th March 2016 The new Query API has been in production for 24 hours now at 99.9% availability.   We will continue to monitor this situation but you can assume that normal service has been resumed.  Any questions please reach out to First published: 9am PST, Tuesday 8th March 2016 The […]

Great alternatives to every feature you’ll miss from kimono labs

If you’re one of the 125k KimonoLabs users who got this message last week… “After almost 2 years of building and growing kimono, we couldn’t be happier to announce that the kimono team is joining Palantir.” …you’re probably wondering what to do next. There’s no denying that kimono was a useful service with some great […]

5 undeniable reasons to invest in data before it’s too late

A Gartner survey revealed that “more than 75% of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years.” Companies see the value in data, including enhanced customer experiences, streamlined processes, and targeted marketing. It’s a high-return investment that keeps businesses competitive in their sectors. However, executives and managers get […]

The UK startup scene is booming

Today we are pumped to announce that we are joining 29 other amazing UK startups as part of Tech City UK’s Upscale program! The Upscale program will power 30 of the fastest growing UK tech companies on their scaling journey by connecting them with Scale Coaches who have a proven track record of growing successful […]

How today’s top Marketers and Growth Hackers use data every day

Marketing data is an essential part of any good marketing strategy. While the process of collecting, storing and analyzing data may be complex (and require an advanced math degree), understanding and harnessing the power of that data doesn’t have to be. Wondering how data help make your organization’s marketing better, stronger and more effective? We asked […]

Neural nets: How Regular Expressions brought about Deep Learning

2016 is the year of Deep Learning, whose popularity has been on a steep incline ever since Google bought DeepMind at the end of 2014. Last year’s technical breakthroughs,  acquisitions, funding deals and, open source releases have all helped to cement Deep Learning as the hip artificial intelligence.  Our CTO, Matt Painter, explains how Deep Learning got its […]’s $13 million Series A

We are pleased to announce that (that’s us btw) has just raised a $13 million Series A round of funding. The new investment was led by Imperial Innovations, with participation from Wellington Partners, Oxford Capital, Open Ocean, Delin Capital and AME Cloud Ventures. “This new round of funding represents the biggest investment ever in web […]

Anthony Goldbloom gives you the secret to winning Kaggle competitions

Kaggle has become the premier Data Science competition where the best and the brightest turn out in droves – Kaggle has more than 400,000 users – to try and claim the glory.  With so many Data Scientists vying to win each competition (around 100,000 entries/month), prospective entrants can use all the tips they can get. […]

10,000 leads in 10 minutes

Ok, let’s start with the basics. Leads represent the first stage of the sales process.  In its simplest form a lead is any “person or entity that has an interest and authority to purchase your product or service”. Or in other words: someone you can sell to.

Sounds good. So, what information do you need about that person or entity for it to be an actionable lead? A good rule of thumb is to look for the information that you would find on a business card, i.e. their name, associated company and contact details.

Oxfam making headlines

Oxfam making Headlines The data team at Oxfam used data to show that Britain’s five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20% and lobby for policy change. Proving that just one simple data set can start something huge. Read more in The Guardian


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Gender differences amongst sex workers online

Two weeks ago the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that the UK economy had grown by 0.9% in the second quarter of 2014. This growth was partly due to the decision to include prostitution in gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time ever.

The ONS estimate that Britain’s 60,879 prostitutes contribute £5.314bn (0.4% GDP) to the UK economy.  But, this figure completely ignores male prostitution.  In a previous post we used data from AdultWork, a popular sex worker website, to determine that 42% of UK prostitutes are male, which (all other factors being equal) represents an additional £3.542bn of UK GDP!  

Our initial analysis was very simple, but nonetheless raised a lot of interest from you all, along with some great questions about the gender differences between male and female sex workers.  We decided to look a little deeper into the gender differences amongst sex workers online and this is what we found.