Continuum Analytics: Backing the PyData Tribe

The phenomenon of “Big Data” has certainly received its fair share of headlines in recent years. In the bright spotlight of tech media coverage, entrepreneurial teams at Cloudera, Hortonworks, and a whole cluster of surrounding companies in the Hadoop ecosystem have defined a whole new approach to analytic databases and data warehousing, while creating valuable businesses along the way.

Meanwhile, in the data science community, a quiet revolution has been brewing outside of the media spotlight.

At the heart of this revolution is a software stack that combines the capabilities of traditional advanced analytics tools with the accessibility and interoperability of the ubiquitous Python programming language. Comprised of open source components developed over more than a decade of refinement — including NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, and the IPython Notebook - this emerging stack has gained the hearts and minds of a growing audience of data scientists that today self-identifies as the PyData community.

Today, we're excited to announce General Catalyst’s investment in the company at the heart of this community, Continuum Analytics.

From my first conversations with Continuum’s founders, Travis Oliphant and Peter Wang, I knew that they were on the path to building something special. Since creating NumPy in 2005, Travis has played a central role in the development of both the PyData technology stack and the PyData user community, and together with Peter he has built a mission-driven company dedicated to helping individuals discover, analyze, and collaborate by connecting their curiosity and experience with data.

In the less than three years since its introduction, more than two million users have adopted Continuum’s flagship offering, the Anaconda platform. Today, the company’s customers include more than 40% of the Fortune 500, including Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, and Schlumberger, as well as 8,000 universities worldwide, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Continuum Analytics is just getting started on its mission to deliver modern open source analytics tools for today’s researchers and analysts. Powered by Python. Assembled in Anaconda. Delivered by Continuum.