We are pleased to announce that Import.io (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 data extraction and we are thrilled to partner with investors who think just as boldly and creatively as we do about delivering on our vision.” – David White, CEO and Founder of Import.io
We’re particularly excited to start the new year with this announcement after last year’s record growth: in 2015, our users created more than one million web APIs and extracted data from over 5.5 billion web pages. Rest assured, these new funds will be put to good use helping us to further develop our data extraction technology and expand our ecosystem of analytics and visualization partners.
“Import.io has developed a completely new way of extracting, processing, and delivering web data, solving an increasingly urgent need for data-driven businesses around the world. They are uniquely positioned to be the preferred provider of valuable web intelligence for companies large and small.” – David Axmark, founder of MySQL and an angel investor in Import.io
Helping businesses unlock value from the web
As businesses come to rely more on external intelligence for critical decision-making, web data is becoming increasingly valuable—but web data has not always been easy, fast, or cost-effective to acquire or use. Traditionally, getting this kind of data required businesses to manually create so-called “web scrapers” or subscribe to expensive, generic databases that were often incomplete or incorrect.
Our Data Feeds make it possible for businesses to harness the insights from external web data without any of the overhead of building and maintaining sources in-house. Any business that needs complex or regular delivery of large volumes of data can subscribe to our Data Feeds product and get exactly the data they need.
“It is clear that data is powering the next generation of enterprise software. Forward-thinking startups that help businesses use data to automate traditionally difficult processes are poised to be hugely successful.” – Eric Archambeau of Wellington Partners
Using web data businesses can:
Dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of getting usable web data. Data science teams will never have to write a line of code to get web data again—instead, they can focus on data analysis and delivering valuable intelligence. Import.io delivers data as a direct stream via its Magic API and in preferred formats like JSON.
Effortlessly scale data-driven processes. We make it possible for businesses to extract valuable data from 1000s of websites and automatically feed it into business software for immediate use.
Ensure that data is always accurate and up-to-date. All data feeds undergo a thorough quality assessment process to ensure that they have been properly processed. Our intelligent scheduling system updates data feeds at desired intervals: hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly so that businesses are always working from the most up-to-date information.
“Import.io is led by an impressive team of data entrepreneurs who have established themselves as thought leaders in the big data and machine intelligence community. We believe this team can build the biggest business in the Data-as-a-Service space and we are excited to partner with them.” – Mario Branciforti of Imperial Innovations
Creating an ecosystem of data partners
We are also working hard to create an ecosystem of data partners that represent a diverse range of services and solutions. Together we will enable businesses to achieve better insight from their data. Leading technology companies like Tableau, Interworks, Silk, and Blockspring are currently using our Magic API, allowing their customers to easily extract valuable content from websites.
Our partners can:
Leverage the web—the world’s largest data source—and provide users with direct access to live web data
Accelerate user adoption by tapping into our massive user base
Foster a thriving community of data-driven businesses and data scientists
To learn more about how to partner with us, please visit: import.io/partners
Import.io is a web-data platform that puts the power of the machine-readable web in your hands. Using its free data extraction technology, individuals can turn messy websites into structured tables of data that they can actually use without writing a single line of code. Import.io also offer a Data Feeds product for organizations that want large volumes of pre-cleaned, process-ready data provided to them directly.
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