Geo Dataviz Startup Mapsense Acquired by Apple

Geo Dataviz Startup Mapsense Acquired by Apple
Big geo data visualization platform Mapsense was acquired by Apple at the beginning of this month. The deal first rumored last week - and estimated at $25 million - was confirmed as several employees have now updated their profile on LinkedIn.

It was clear for several weeks there was a transaction going on - the company was supposed to participate to our Geo IoT conference in Europe then froze its involvement on short notice.

Dataviz for big geo data
Mapsense was born with the idea of helping organizations (from developers to large enterprise) visualize insights with billion raws of geo data. The Mapsense enterprise version offers Data visualization, analysis and segmentation tools for terabytes of data via batch updates or an API.

Founded in 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, the team consists of 12 people, mostly engineers and product managers with backgrounds at Palantir, Berkeley, Stanford, Google, and Apple.

The company raised $2.5 million in seed funding and hired Michael Cottle (formerly deCarta) as their vice president sales in June 2015.

This acquisition of Mapsense and the recent funding of CartoDB (see here) highlights the interest for location data visualization.

This deal adds to the list of Apple acquisitions in geo and map technologies : Hopstop, BroadMap, Catch, Coherent, C3 Technologies, and Metaio, to name the most well-known.

Monday, September 21st 2015

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