The Data Republic teams present our year-in-review: This Year in Data 2018
As the new year approaches, the impact of our work this year and changes across the whole data industry start to feel more significant. So we’re taking a moment to reflect on 2018.
This year, we expanded into new countries, grew our team by 30%, closed our Series B funding round of $22M and launched a world-first secure PII management product, Senate Matching.
Across the industry, GDPR sent shockwaves through analytics departments while the world reeled from a collective-consumer awakening to the potential applications of social media data in the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal. When it comes to data sharing and collaborative analytics, it’s never been more important for data leaders to strike the balance between innovation and risk mitigation.
Here at Data Republic, we’re committed to helping our customers navigate this juncture, delivering data sharing infrastructure which proves it’s possible to deliver higher levels of data-driven innovation while at the same time increasing the privacy and security controls in data.
We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our customers, partners, investors and ecosystem collaborators for your continued support throughout the past year. From the team at Data Republic, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Paul McCarney’s 2018 CEO Address
What a year 2018 has been for Data Republic. As a startup, we have seen many highs and lows this year, but our drive to improve has led to major expansions in all aspects of the company.
No-one could say 2018 was an easy year in the data industry.
On the tail of the Equifax data breach announced late in 2017, the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year has fundamentally changed the way Facebook, consumers and Chief Data Officers approach data flows. In Australia, the Royal Commission into Banking has shaken the industry and renewed attention on the social license of Banks. And of course, GDPR implementations have drained analytics resources and budgets across the globe.
Here are some of the stories that caught our attention throughout the year:
Our year in Technology
There were many great achievements and improvements made to the Senate platform throughout the year resulting in 500 new users, the release of over 250 new features, 586 support tickets closed and a 70% improvement in platform performance.
People and Culture developments
Wow, it’s been another big year at Data Republic for our people. This year we have welcomed 24 new ‘Data Republic Senators’ which increased our team size by 30%! Our Senators come from a mix of backgrounds, corporate to startup, but the team share a passion for the same things like unlocking the benefits of data sharing, Thirsty Thursdays and Slack memes.
Data Republic in the News
This year we were featured in a whopping 154 news stories! Our favourite news stories are below.