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Type Private
Industry Enterprise software
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Key people Gunnar Carlsson
Gurjeet Singh
(CEO & Co-Founder)
Harlan Sexton
(VP of Research & Co-Founder)
Services Big Data Analytics
Employees 65 (2014)
Website Ayasdi

Ayasdi is an enterprise software company that sells big data analytics technology to individuals looking to analyze high-dimensional, high volume data sets. Organizations and companies have used Ayasdi to uncover treatment for diseases, professional sports team analysis, pharmaceutical breakthroughs, and more.[1][2]

Ayasdi focuses on applying topology to data analysis in the areas of life sciences, oil & gas, public sector, financial services, manufacturing, retail, telecom, etc.[1][2]


Ayasdi was founded in 2008 by Gunnar Carlsson, Gurjeet Singh, and Harlan Sexton after 12 years of R&D at Stanford University.[1][2] During the 12 years of R&D the founders received $1.25 million in DARPA and IARPA grants for "high-risk, high-payoff research".[1] In 2012 Ayasdi landed a series A round of funding led by Floodgate Capital and Khosla Ventures for $10.25 million.[3] On July 16, 2013 Ayasdi closed a $30.6 million in series B funding from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), GE Ventures, and Citi Ventures.[4]


Ayasdi Iris allows data experts to run topological data analysis on big data sets allowing them to answer unknown data questions.[5] Ayasdi currently has over 20 customers using Iris in industries including oil & gas, financial services, life science, and the public sector.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History". The New York Times. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 03/05/2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "A cure for cancer? This 'big data' startup says it can deliver". Venturebeat. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 03/05/2013. 
  3. ^ "Venture capital deals". CNNMoney. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 03/05/2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.ayasdi.com/connect/pr-ayasdi-raises-30-million-in-series-b-funding-from-institutional-venture-partners-ge-ventures-and-citi-ventures.html
  5. ^ "Ayasdi Comes Out of Stealth With $10.25M to Anwser Unknown Data Questions". Betakit. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 03/05/2013. 
  6. ^ "DARPA-Backed Ayasdi Launches With $10M From Khosla, Floodgate To Uncover The Hidden Value In Big Data". Techcrunch. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 03/05/2013. 
  7. ^ "Extracting insights from the shape of complex data using topology". Nature. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 04/01/2013. 

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