The BizSpark startup of the day is SiSense, based in Israel. Below you will find an interview with Elad Israeli, Co-founder and CEO of SiSense. All the best to them and congratulations for being the startup of the day!
Tell us who you are and your role in the company:
Co-founder and CEO.
What did you do before creating your company?
Before co-founding SiSense, I served as a Product Manager at global IT services firm Ness Technologies (NASDAQ: NSTC). Previously, I was a Product Manager at Anysoft and, before that, I co-founded and led technology development at BiSense, a BI technology company.
How do you feel being the most promising ‘Startup of the Day’ per Microsoft BizSpark?
We are very excited to have SiSense named ‘Startup of the Day’ by Microsoft BizSpark. We bring an entirely new approach to business intelligence and it is gratifying to be acknowledged by a site such as BizSpark.
What is your company’s mission?
SiSense is leading the way to a new era of business intelligence where fast and flexible BI is available to any business user analyzing any type or amount of data. With SiSense’s do-it-yourself approach to BI, BI evaluations and evaluation and implementation projects are fast and inexpensive, requiring little or no investment in IT resources, consultants or new computer hardware.
In 140 characters or less, tell us what your company does:
We enable fast, easy do-it-yourself BI over any amount of data from any number of sources, with no need for data warehouse or OLAP projects.
How did you get the idea for your company?
Long and hard past experience with traditional business intelligence implementations coupled with the advances in hardware and software technology led us to believe BI can be done with a saner approach, minimal upfront investments and short implementation cycles. We designed our products along these guidelines.
Tell us about your funding history. Are you currently looking for funding? If so, how much?
We were privately funded by an angel investor until July 2010, when we received $4M in series A financing from Genesis Partners (Israel), Opus Capital (USA), and our original angel investor.
How many employees do you have? How many developers?
10 / 8.
Are you hiring? If yes, what are you hiring for and where?
Developers, pre-sales and support staff for our Israeli office.
Which platform are you building on? Why?
C, .NET C# and ASP/Ajax.
Where do you see opportunities today in the Software/Internet area?
Business intelligence software which is faster, easier, more powerful and less expensive than the traditional BI platforms.
What do you think about the BizSpark Program?
BizSpark is fantastic for us as a startup, as it gave us access to the most advanced development platforms available at prices we could afford.
Do you have any advice for young Software entrepreneurs?
Don’t belong. Never join, Think for yourself. Peace.
Who’s your role model?
A combination of Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt.
What’s the ONE THING you would like readers to take away from this interview?
Business Intelligence is not as challenging as it used to be. Download Prism today and find out for yourself.