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ITA software finalist interview


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ITA software finalist interview

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  2. 2. If you could describe your innovation in one succinct sentence, how would you describe yourself?<br />Needle™ is a revolutionary platform that lets you acquire, integrate, clean, analyze and publish data on the web -- without programming!<br />
  3. 3. How was your company founded, and what inspired its creation?<br />ITA Software was founded in the mid-1990s by computer scientists from MIT, and quickly became recognized for their powerful airfare search algorithms.  In 2004, ITA began researching a system that used machine learning technology to automate the aggregation of other types of travel-related data found on the web.  That research blossomed into Needle: a platform that enterprises can use to inexpensively collect and maintain structured data of any kind.<br />
  4. 4. What makes your company different from other companies in your market space?<br />Needle's unique machine learning technology enables our users to collect and integrate data from multiple websites and feeds into a unified database with no programming, no database administration, and not even any software to install.<br />
  5. 5. What has been your company's greatest accomplishment in the past year?<br />In the past year, we took Needle from a research prototype to a commercial beta launch on  We also worked with the Village Voice to process their annual poll results in hours instead of weeks, and integrated hundreds of websites' continuously-updated festival and event data into a clean database with just two non-programmers.<br />
  6. 6. What is your greatest asset?<br />Needle's greatest asset is its skilled technical staff.  Brilliant young computer scientists have teamed with software industry veterans to create a radically simpler approach to collecting and organizing data.<br />