ITA Spotlight: Narrative Science
Monday, January 14, 2019
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
Narrative Science, @narrativesci
In 25 words or less, what is Narrative Science all about?
Narrative Science empowers everyone to understand data, make better decisions, and drive better outcomes by translating data into plain-English stories.
What problem do you solve and how do you solve it better than the competition?
Companies are collecting and analyzing more data than ever before in order to drive better outcomes. The problem is that the tools they’re currently using require everyone to speak the language of data. But not everyone is a data person. That’s where we come in.
Narrative Science creates software that enables technology to speak your language, rather than the other way around. We provide a new way for organizations to make better data-driven decisions through data storytelling. At the highest level, our natural language technology translates data into plain-English stories. With data storytelling, there’s no need to learn data skills to get the benefit of data insight and make better decisions.
How did you get started?
We have been around since 2010! Two of our co-founders are professors at Northwestern where the idea was born. While the company has evolved, our mission to empower everyone with data has stayed the same.
What are your primary goals for Narrative Science?
Our mission is to empower everyone to understand data, make better decisions, and drive better outcomes.
What motivates your employees to come to work every day?
What drives our employees every day is a shared passion for our mission and the opportunity to do meaningful work in emerging technology with a fantastic team, in a beautiful new office.
How does Narrative Science interact with the Chicago community?
Our ‘NS Cares’ group plans multiple events throughout the year that give back to the Chicago community. Their work involves reaching middle school, high school students to increase their awareness of the career opportunities within technology.
We also like to get involved in the Chicago Tech Community by working with groups like the ITA!
What is the top reason employees would say they love working for Narrative Science?
Definitely, the people. Everyone at Narrative Science is inspired by our mission and technology and comes to work everyday excited to work in a collaborative environment and make a meaningful impact.
P.S. We’re always looking for great new talent to join our team, and add to our culture. If you think you’re a fit, please reach out!
What makes Narrative Science stand out?
We work at the intersection of technology and humanity, where the two come together to make our lives better.
What’s the coolest perk Narrative Science's office has?
The roofdeck! … but we can’t forget about the cold brew, kombucha, wine, and beer on tap!
This one is all you… anything else you want to tell us?
Since the beginning, we’ve been committed to our investment in innovation. For example, we have an outsized patent portfolio for a relatively small company, with 19 issued patents and 35 more or so on file!