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Factual Inc.
Industry IT Services
Founded 2008
Founder Gil Elbaz
Headquarters Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Shanghai, China
New York, NY
Chicago, IL
London, UK
Key people
Gil Elbaz,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Michels,
Senior Vice President of Product and Partnerships
Rob Jonas,
SVP of Revenue
Boris Shimanovsky,
Vice President of Engineering
Services Data Mining, Data analysis
Website www.factual.com

Factual, launched in 2008, is an open data platform developed to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and accessibility. It provides access through web service APIs and reusable, customizable web applications. It is described by its founder, Gil Elbaz as "a platform for anyone to share and mash open data". Factual has data sets about local place information, entertainment and information derived from government sources. Dr Tim Chklovski co-founded the company. Commercial consumers of the datasets include Facebook Places and SpatialMatch.[1]

Factual's Geopulse software employs location-based data-mining for geotargeting advertisements to smartphone users. Geopulse makes use of location-tracking data (since each smartphone acts by default as a GPS tracking beacon, and much can be learned about each user's interests, income, and spending habits simply by virtue of where each person spends his/her time), data gathered from trusted data providers, and other sources (such as census data). This enables highly specific ads to be targeted to users when they are most likely to be "receptive" (i.e. vulnerable) to the influence of advertising. [2][3] [4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://blog.factual.com/factual-facebook-spatialmatch-mytown
  2. ^ Cadreon, Adelphic, and Factual Drive 26.5% Lift in BMW Dealership Visits. https://www.factual.com/case-study/mobile-advertising-automotive-cadreon-bmw
  3. ^ Case Study: Case Study: Adelphic’s Native Programmatic Advertising Increases Visits to Major Automotive Brand. http://www.adelphic.com/
  4. ^ Cadreon: Rich Audience Insights. http://www.cadreon.com/products/audience-analytics/