Canvas Leads Investment in CrowdFlower’s Data Enrichment Platform

San Francisco, Calif. – September 17, 2014 – CrowdFlower, the leading data enrichment platform to help data scientists collect, clean and label data to make it useful, today announced that it has raised $12.5 million in Series C financing led by Canvas Venture Fund with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures.  The investment, which brings the total amount raised by the company to $28 million, will help the company support its rapid growth. 

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Today we announced our Series C funding. It’s been a long journey but it feels incredibly satisfying to have built something that companies use every day and that has paid many, many millions of dollars to people around the world for real, meaningful work. We’ve helped companies from eBay to Microsoft to Unilever to Edelman to Instagram run more efficiently with the more than seven man-years of work completed every day on our platform.

We plan to use the investment to improve our product and build awareness. But rather than write the standard funding post, I want to talk about why I founded the company because the best decisions we’ve made have come from going back to our roots and reminding ourselves why we’re doing this in the first place.

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People-Powered Data Enrichment Allows Companies to Focus on Insights Instead of Gathering
and Cleaning Data, Helping Unlock Real Potential of Big Data

San Francisco, Calif. – September 17, 2014 – The value of a Big Data program is only as good as the quality of the data that feeds it. And today data scientists, who are already some of the most in-demand professionals in the business world, report spending around 80 percent of their time gathering and cleaning data before they can begin to gain insights from it. CrowdFlower’s vision is to fully harness the power of human-powered data enrichment to free up data scientists’ time and help companies realize the real potential of Big Data.

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Before we can think critically about computer vision, we need to take a moment to appreciate our own human vision system. Just think what we have been able to do in our lives as humans with eyeballs! We have analyzed, sorted, made sense of arbitrary objects in arbitrary situations, effortlessly tracked the movement of things, recalled perfect 3D models of images, read (written, typed, or even illustrated) letters, numbers, and words, and since we were born, recognized thousands of faces. Our ability to organize and comprehend the masses of information that comes to our eyes each day is nothing short of amazing.

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Following its much anticipated unveiling on Tuesday, the Apple Watch has found both fans and critics in the media. Quick to draw a conclusion in the aftermath of such a monumental launch, the reactions varied from "Sleek and Versatile" from the Wall Street Journal to "Battery life, iPhone dependence, other troubling issues" by way of the Los Angeles Times. But amidst the tech media's flowery opinions, we were really curious what actual consumers had to say. Do they intend to purchase Apple's inaugural wearable? Was there a particular reason why they do or don't want to buy it? Do men and women feel the same way about Watch? 

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