San Diego’s Analytics Cluster Adds Algebraix, a Texas Transplant

12/11/09Follow @bvbigelow

As I noted in a recent post about ParAccel, there seems to be a recent proliferation of startups that are combining database management systems with sophisticated analytical capabilities.

Another one has just come to my attention: Algebraix Data Corp. is a business intelligence software company that moved its headquarters to San Diego from Austin, TX, three months ago. The startup, which was founded in 2004 as Xsprada, changed its name to Algebraix at the same time and also named its chairman, San Diegan Charlie Silver, as CEO.

“Business intelligence and analytics is probably the largest growth area in IT today,” Silver says. “It’s a very hot space. But no one can do what we do.”

I know Silver from his years as the CEO and co-founder of RealAge, a San Diego “healthy lifestyle” Internet company that uses an online questionnaire (e.g. Do you smoke?) to help consumers calculate their “real age.” Subscribers who fill out the questionnaire get a personalized plan to help them look younger and advertising-supported e-mails that provide diet and fitness tips. Hearst Magazines acquired RealAge about two years ago to strengthen the physique of Hearst’s online health and fitness offerings. While terms of the buyout were not disclosed, The New York Times estimated the deal at just under $100 million, based on RealAge’s revenue at that time of $20 million a year and 2007 Web traffic of 2.1 million unique visitors a month.

Silver says that Algebraix established its headquarters in San Diego when he took over, but the privately held company has only 12 employees, and is maintaining an office in Austin. While San Diego has a thriving cluster of analytics companies, it looks to me that it’s just more convenient for Silver.

“I am essentially the lead investor,” Silver says. “The guys pitched … Next Page »

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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  • JB

    Speaking of Austin, why are you guys not there? A lot more going on there than here in SD. A company in OC just moved to there, and actually even said in it’s press release the reason was talent pool.