Data Visualization The Startup Universe, an interactive visualization.

Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

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Visualizing the Universe of Startups

“The Startup Universe” is an interactive visualization from visual content marketplace Visual.ly, information design agency Accurat, and graphic designer Ben Willers. In sectors from education to biotech to entertainment to security, it tracks startups, venture capitalists and founders, each category of which has its own style of visualization.

For example, a user can select Twitter from the “Consumer Web” category and see that it has received eight rounds of venture funding totalling $1.2 billion, with three founders and a long list of funders. Clicking on one of the funders, Ron Conway, brings up the famous Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s investments, which are displayed in a time series that shows the amount of each investment. Clicking on Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey brings up the entrepreneur’s work with Twitter and Square, the mobile payments company he co-founded in 2009.

The data, from free technology database Crunchbase, goes back to 1990, and spans 11,000 investors, 25,000 startups and 30,000 founders. The visualization was shortlisted this week for the 2013 Information is Beautiful awards in the category of interactive visualization.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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