Company news, announcements and feature releases

6 Promising Tools to Trap Business Growth In 2017

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Thanks Delhi School of Marketing! Working towards taking your business to the next level? You actually need a lot of efforts, yet cannot skip over the importance of marketing tools as these aid you achieve planning goals faster. These specific set of tools are needed to make sure that your business is running smoothly and […]

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5 Takeaways from the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Written by: exhibited at the Gartner Data & Analytics conference this week in Grapevine, TX as part of the British Consulate’s booth. After talking with attendees in data analytics roles and other vendors, I came away with several thoughts on data industry trends. Data analytics is about telling stories and forming predictions More organizations are starting […]

Web data extraction: Custom, commercial offerings ease the task

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In a article for TechTarget’s SearchITChannel, Moshe Kranc, chief technology officer at Ness, describes how custom and commercial offerings, bolstered by machine learning, can now facilitate web data extraction. He offers a commercial solution.’s point-and-click interface enables the user to teach the system how to extract data for a given website, enhanced with machine learning to infer extraction patterns […]

Industry leader, Bob Moss, joins engineering team

Written by: is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Moss to VP Engineering. Bob specializes in building, developing, and retaining excellent engineering teams ranging in size from Fortune 50 to start-ups. His background in engineering leadership positions at Hearsay Social, Mozilla, Yahoo, Packeteer, and Red Hat will contribute to’s progression, keeping up the momentum […]

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Join at Gartner Data Analytics Summit

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We are excited to participate in the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Dallas, TX, March 6-8 where the focus is: Building and executing an effective, holistic data and analytics strategy Preparing for trends such as AI, Hadoop, IoT and Blockchain Maximizing the impact of your Business Intelligence, MDM programs Establishing effective information governance for better quality, […]

Our biggest update ever!

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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 […]

The UK startup scene is booming

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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 […]’s $13 million Series A

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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 […]

Feature release: New modal and bulk REST API

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Things are changing around here, and we think that’s a good thing! Every new feature or product update is designed to bring you more functionality and a better user experience. This one is no different. 

This latest release gives you a whole new way to access the API creation workflow and a new way to use Bulk Extract.

Extracting data, just got a whole lot prettier

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  The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed things are changing around here. Not only are we working on improving functionality, we’re also updating our look. Going for the whole sleek and modern thing. We’ll do a whole big reveal (and have our new designer talk you through the redesign) as soon as the […]

Overcoming obstacles – What happens when you turn up for work and find out you’ve been evicted

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I went to work on Tuesday, as I do on most days, to the headquarters in Hoxton at about 9am. We have a top floor, open plan space in a building just north of the square where we’ve been for the last year and a half. The office may have become a bit cramped over the last few months, but it’s still a nice warm, colorful space that feels like our home.  

When I arrived on this particular Tuesday however, instead of unlocking the main door and heading up the stairs, I found a rather large crowd of my employees milling about outside on the pavement.

Where in the world is

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The need for data is universal. We recently plotted where all our users are from on this handy Tableau map. Our biggest user base is in the US (28%) and UK (14%), but as you can see we’ve got users on every continent (except Antarctica). It’s really amazing to see how far import has spread […]

New API Docs include a Magic method

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At, we’re always trying to make getting and using data from the web easier and less painful. It’s what led us to create Magic – our famous one click to data feature. But, it’s been awhile since we’ve done something specifically for our developer community. Well devs, the wait is over. Welcome to the brand new API docs!

Enjoying our first user meetup

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Hey guys, Alex again, you’re friendly neighbourhood evangelist. I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who came to last night’s User Meetup! I had an amazing time, and I hope you all did too. There was pizza, beer, networking and some really great talks from Ignacio Elola (data scientist at, Ron Gat (Co-founder of Launchalyzer) and Sophie Sparkes (data analyst at Tableau Public). 

My experience teaching a Guardian Masterclass

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Yesterday (January 19th) I went down to the headquarters of the Guardian newspaper to give a joint masterclass on how to use alongside Sophie Sparkes, data analyst at Tableau public, who spoke about using the data I’d extracted to create an awesome visualisation.

The class was designed for anyone who is interested in web data, and therefore the skill level of the participants was extremely varied.

Given that, I decided there were 3 main points I wanted the audience to take away from the masterclass:

  1. Why we extract data

  2. What does

  3. How to do it

NEW: Send your data direct to

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Hey guys! We are super excited to announce our first EVER partner integration! 

Working with the team at in the week leading up to Christmas, we were able to put together a slick beta version of an integration that lets you send static data directly to’s awesome web-based graphing platform. Now that we’ve returned from Christmas and given it a little polish, we’re ready to hand it over to you guys!

What’s it like being CTO at import? Matt Painter tells all!

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Being a developer at heart, I’m rather used to taking a back seat from the presentations and letting David and Andrew be the “face” of the company. But yesterday, I had the great pleasure to step away from the code and give a 15 minute presentation at Makers Academy (London’s leading Web Developer Bootcamp) about the challenges of being a CTO and growing a company. 

Here’s how it went…

We’ll be back soon!

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The entire office will be away at a secret, undisclosed location in the country for our annual offsite from Jan 5th – 9th. We will be working hard to plan the coming year and deciding which exciting new features to bring you next! During this week, support may be somewhat slow to respond. We appreciate […]

10 best moments of 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at the top 10 moments over the past 12 months – cause, hey, isn’t that what you do on New Year’s Eve? 10. Christmas Hackathon Every year the import office takes two days to do an internal hackathon. This year […]

See you in the New Year!

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Please note that our offices will be closed from Dec 24th until Jan 5th. During this time, support will be limited. We hope you have a wonderful Holiday, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

…and a Magic tool that’s totally freeeeeeee

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For our final Christmas countdown we bring you…..FREE TOOLING! That’s right. is completely free – whether you want to use our Desktop App or simply paste a URL into Magic, we solemnly promise to always help you get data from the web free of charge. Why you ask? Because we believe that access to […]

Battle of the hacks – a Christmas tradition

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Last Thursday and Friday marked one of my favorite traditions at import….the annual Christmas Hackathon. I split the office into two teams which have 2 days to come up with and create a project which uses in some way. It’s a great opportunity for us to use the tool to solve real data problems […]

On the 2nd day of Christmas, import gave to me 2 Data Guys

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Our Christmas countdown is almost complete! For our penultimate day I’ve decided to highlight one of the crown jewels of import: webinars! Every week we host a fun, interactive webinar to teach you guys how to use the tools. Topics have ranged from the very simple “Getting Started” to the more advanced “Crawling Efficiency” and of […]

On the 3rd day of Christmas, import gave to me…3 Founder Dudes

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None of the previous 8 countdowns would be possible without our 3 wonderful founders. They’ve been called geniuses, rebels and even kings…if only to each other. We thought after 2 years, it was time to give you a little insight into the men behind the legends. 1. David White, CEO Best Christmas gift you’ve ever […]

On the 6th day of Christmas, import gave to me…6 Showcase Stories

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  We all know that seeing is believing. So this Christmas, don’t just take our word for it; see real life uses for data that import users have come up with. We’re featuring them on a new page called #DataPunk Showcase. These are stories to help inspire you and help get those creative data juices flowing. […]

How we doubled our platform usage in just one month

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Usage. It’s the ultimate driver of every business owner and CEO. We obsess over it. I have an entire 42” TV hanging over my desk with a real-time dashboard of numbers that measure this usage in different ways. I can access this dashboard on my laptop (where it is bookmarked), my tablet and even an app on my iPhone. It’s often the first thing I look at in the morning and sometimes the last thing I look at before I go to bed – much to my wife’s annoyance. Like I said, it’s an obsession. 

And it’s not just because I’m a data nerd. Metrics matter. More accurately, usage matters. The more people use your platform, the more benefit they’ll get out of it, the more likely they are to tell others about it, and the more likely your product is to go viral. Usage is the key to success – and in tech, more is always better. 

On the 8th day of Christmas, import gave to me…8 Integrations

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Up until now, we’ve been mostly talking about ways to get your data. But that’s only the first half of the Datamas story! Once you’ve got it, you need to do something with it. And if that doing means integrating your data over the API, then you’re in luck! We’ve got 8 client libraries to […]

On the 10th day of Christmas, import gave to me…10 Users Voting

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Here at, we are always working to improve our service and tools. A big part of that improvement, is getting feedback and ideas from you guys. If you haven’t already you should check out the ideas forum, where you can submit your ideas for new features/improvements and vote for the ones you want us […]

On the 11th day of Christmas, import gave to me…11 Types of Data

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When you’re extracting your data there are 11 different “types” of data that you can choose from. These data types help you to normalize your data as you extract it, meaning you have to do less data cleansing later on. Much like Santa’s reindeer, each data type has a specific purpose and use case. Say for […]

The ultimate data sale

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Everyone has been going crazy with deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we wanted to get in on the action! So we’re giving you 60% off our free service!!!!!! …oh wait….

Right, okay. Since you can’t get free-er than free, we contacted all our wonderful partners to put together the Ultimate Data Deals package! We’re giving you a huge discount on some of the most sought after data products, courses and events. A combined savings of over $5,000! It’s the perfect gift for the data punk in your life – or, y’know, for yourself – because you’ve been really good this year. 

Speaking at Founders4Schools

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I’ve founded two successful startups. I get asked to speak at numerous industry conferences and appear on panels. I’ve been interviewed for several high profile publications and the Science Museum. I’ve faced some of the real giants in tech and asked them to invest. After all that, there’s not a lot of things left that can still make me nervous. Talking about my journey to become an entrepreneur in front of 40 year 10s is one of them.

I recently had the great pleasure of participating in a lecture panel that included Debbie Wosskow (CEO, Love Home Swap), Nick Francis (Creative Director, Casual Films Ltd) and Alicia Navarro (CEO, Skimlinks) at the Central Foundation Boys School as part of Founders4Schools, a non-profit that connects teachers with entrepreneurs and founders of growing, successful businesses to help them inspire students to become entrepreneurs.

Magical new tool: The fastest way to get data from the web

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The boys in the algorithms department have been at it again! Today, we are proud to launch Magic – the absolute quickest way to turn a webpage into a table of data.

Simply paste the URL to the page you want data from into the box and hit the “Get Data” button. Our algorithms will do the rest. No training, no plugin, no downloading. You can do everything from the comfort of your own browser, it even works on your tablet and mobile device!