This TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Could Be The Future Of Search

enigma at techcrunch disrupt 2013Jeremy Bronfman, Hicham Oudghiri, Marc DaCosta and Raphaël Guilleminot of the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Winner Enigma celebrate onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 at The Manhattan centre on May 1, 2013 in New York City

After three days of startup demos at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, data startup Enigma won both the Startup Battlefield and the Disrupt Cup, taking home $50,000 and beating out six other finalists. 

Enigma aims to make sorting through public data a breeze. It pulls info from over 100,000 data sources and finds connections between them. Think SEC filings, state and federal records, lists of frozen assets, and even CrunchBase. 

If you search “Google,” for example, Enigma brings up a list of databases including granted patents, H-1B Visa applications, and SEC filings. If you click H-1B visa applications, you can see every application Google filed and drill it down to see only software engineers. From there, you can quickly see that the U.S. Department of labour certified 471 of Google’s applications for software engineers.  

Sure, the data is already out there, but it’s not easily accessible. The founders also maintain that it’s hard to see the connections between those sources of public data. 

Enigma seems a lot like Recorded Future, the data startup with $20 million of funding from investors like Google Ventures and the venture arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel. Both companies are aiming to make it easier to sift through and find correlations between publicly available data. 

Already, Enigma has raised $1.45 million in seed funding, and has partnered with Harvard Business School, research firm Gerson Lehrman Group, S&P Capital IQ, and the New York Times.

Past TechCrunch Disrupt NY winners include Soluto, Getaround, and UberConference. All three of those startups have fared pretty well, but none are runaway successes. 

  • Soluto, the winner of Disrupt’s inaugural event in New York in 2010, has raised $18 million in funding to continue offering support tools to small businesses for managing and fixing their PCs. Just last month, it introduced a new service to support small businesses with up to 10 PCs.
  • Getaround, a peer-to-peer car rental startup, has raised $19 million to date from investors including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Collaborative Fund, Menlo Ventures, and CrunchFund.
  • UberConference, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, has fared pretty well. Earlier this year, it partnered with billion-dollar startup Evernote to share notes in conference calls.

Still, TechCrunch Disrupt, formerly known as TechCrunch 40 and TechCrunch 50, has produced some successful startups over the years:

  • Redbeacon won the top prize at TechCrunch 50 in 2009, went on to raise $7.4 million, and then sold to Home Depot for an undisclosed amount.
  • GroupMe, a group messaging app that came to fruition during a hackathon at Disrupt NY 2010, got snapped up by Skype for north of $43 million. 

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