Explorium announced it had secured a $31 million Series B. The round was led by Zeev Venture with help from Dynamic Loop, Emerge, 01 Advisors and F2 Capital.
CEO and co-founder, Maor Shlomo says the company’s platform is designed to help people find the right data for their model. “The next frontier in analytics will not be about how you fine tune or improve a certain algorithm, it will be how you find the right data to fit into those algorithms to make them as useful and impactful as possible,” he said.
He says that companies need this more than ever during the pandemic because this can help customers find more relevant data at a time when their historical data might not be useful to help build predictive models. For instance, if you’re a retailer, your historical shopping data won’t be relevant if you are in an area where you can no longer open your store, he says.
“There are so many environmental factors that are now influencing every business problem that organizations are trying to solve that Explorium is becoming this layer where you search for data to solve your business problems to fuel your predictive models,” he said.
When it comes to hiring, he says he doesn’t try to have hard and fast hiring rules like you have a certain degree or have gone to a certain school. “The only thing that’s important is getting good people hungry to succeed. The more diverse the culture is, the more diverse the group is, we find the more fun it is for people to discover each other and to discover different cultures,” Shlomo explained.
In terms of fundraising, the while the company needs money to fuel its growth, at the same time it still had plenty of money in the bank from last year’s round. “We got into the pandemic and we didn’t know how long it’s going to last, and [early on] we didn’t yet know how it would impact the business. Existing investors were always bullish about the company. We decided to just go with that,” he said.
The company was founded in 2017 and previously raised a $19.1 million Series A round last year.