Headed for SXSW we left New York on Sunday at approximately 8 am. Since then, we’ve seen the White House, stopped in Raleigh to catch the back end of a Hackathon and give a wholly unprepared pitch to a few entrepreneurs and investors after only conceiving the idea a few early hours before.
What is this madness you may think? Easy. It’s Startup Bus and we’re Exversion, a new startup founded on the road that’s launching the world’s first ever social collaboration platform for data.
What’s this mean? Well for the many of us who work with data, and more frequently than not, open data, we all run into the same problem. Spend hours diving in through countless resources, only to download a dataset that fits the project you want to work on, but find that it’s either totally unusable, or, that you’ll spend the equivalent amount of time in excel or google refine getting the data to do what you actually want to convey.
Whether you’re an app developer, researcher, data visualization guy, or journalist, this rinse and repeat this process makes a drastically negative impact in terms of time and productivity of any data professional.
With Exversion, we want to eradicate the pain of searching for, identifying, and cleaning data by making a platform for data professionals who will be able to collaboratively create versions of those data sets they find useful, and truly believe that the open data community will embrace this platform completely.