If data is the oil of the 21st century, then Christian Chabot, CEO of Tableau Software, wants to put the keys to the refinery in the hands of every worker, student and leader on the planet.
Tableau Software was started by Chabot and his Stanford friends Chris Stolte and Pat Hanrahan in 2003 in Chabot’s apartment, and is effectively the classic Silicon Valley bedroom-to-IPO tale.
Hanrahan, a Stanford professor who was a founding employee at Pixar and who has won three Academy Awards for his work in computer graphics for movies, set out with Chabot, an executive with a passion for data, and data scientist Stolte, to put data visualisation in the hands of everyone.
Tableau floated on the New York Stock Exchange last year, raising US$250m, and the company’s 2013 revenue reached US$234.4m, up 84pc on US$128m the year before.
The company currently employs more than 30 people in Dublin and is moving into a new building in Dublin 4, where it has room for up to 100 employees.
“I think we will build one of the larger technology businesses in Ireland over time,” Chabot predicts.
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