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Big Data Start-up Tamr, Inc., Names Three  Prominent Technology Entrepreneurs as Advisors

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Frank Moss, Dave Girouard and Christopher Ahlberg bring to Tamr vision and experience in the pioneering use of data analytics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – July 28, 2014 – Tamr, Inc., today announced that it has named three successful entrepreneurs and data analytics visionaries as advisors to the company. They are Frank Moss, former director of the MIT Media Lab and former CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems; Dave Girouard, founder and CEO of Upstart Network and former president of Google Enterprise; and Christopher Ahlberg, CEO and co-founder of Recorded Future and founder of Spotfire.

Tamr provides a data connection platform that dramatically reduces the time and effort of connecting and enriching multiple data sources to achieve a unified view of siloed enterprise data. Using Tamr, organizations are able to complete data unification projects in days and weeks versus months or quarters, so they can use all of the data at their disposal instead of the fraction that’s common today.

“It’s an honor to welcome these great leaders as advisors,” said Tamr co-founder and CEO Andy Palmer. “Frank, Dave and Christopher are all pioneers in technologies that disrupted traditional industries and opened up new markets – the opportunity we now have with Tamr. They’re bringing fresh insights, ideas and energy to our business.”

Frank Moss, a widely successful tech entrepreneur, is currently co-founder and chairman of Twine Health and Matter.io, the latest of his startups that include Stellar Computer, Bowstreet (acquired by IBM), Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) and Bluefin Labs (acquired by Twitter). From 2006 to 2011, he was director of the MIT Media Lab, where he also headed the New Media Medicine group, which developed technologies for revolutionizing health care.  He was CEO of Tivoli Systems in the ‘90s, which he took public and merged with IBM. Moss was a trustee of Princeton University and is a member of the executive advisory councils of the Mayo Clinic Innovation Center, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

“I’m currently working on several health-care start-ups that are democratizing data to give people more control over their health,” said Moss.  “Deciding to advise Tamr was a no-brainer for me.  Knowledge is power,  and Tamr removes a huge economic and technical barrier to delivering information quality, agility and flexibility from diverse data sources.”

Dave Girouard is founder and CEO of Upstart, which provides “smarter loans” to borrowers with scarce credit or work history by using advanced risk analytics. Previously, as president of Google Enterprise, Girouard managed product development, sales, marketing and customer support to build Google’s cloud apps business worldwide. Earlier, Girouard was a product manager at Apple; senior vice president of products and marketing at video search company Virage; an associate in Booz Allen’s Information Technology practice; and a software developer at Accenture.

“At Upstart, we’ve learned that using new data sources to make credit lending decisions creates tremendous value,” said Girouard.  “Tamr enables analysts to integrate new data sources quickly and easily, so that every analytics-driven company can now leverage all their data to improve decisions.”

Christopher Ahlberg headsRecorded Future, an international software startup that specializes in web intelligence and cyber threat intelligence. The software can visualize the past, present, and predicted future of almost anything in a matter of seconds. He is a director of Hult International Business School. After researching under Ben Shneiderman at the University of Maryland, Ahlberg co-founded Spotfire, which was acquired by TIBCO. He has published, lectured, and consulted on computer science, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry. MIT Technology Review named him one of the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators.

“Fast, accurate data integration is essential for new-wave information services like Recorded Future,” said Ahlberg.  “It’s great to be in on the ground floor of Tamr, providing advice and experiencing first-hand the tremendous possibilities of this technology.”

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About Tamr, Inc.

Tamr, Inc., connects and enriches the vast reserves of underutilized internal and external data, so enterprises can use all their data for analytics. Tamr combines machine learning algorithms with collective human insight to identify sources, understand relationships and curate the massive variety of siloed data. Tamr was founded in 2013 by big-data serial entrepreneurs Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker, who previously co-founded Vertica Systems (acquired by HP); Ihab Ilyas of the University of Waterloo; George Beskales; Daniel Bruckner; and Alex Pagan.  Tamr is backed by $16.1 million in financing led by Google Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.

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