Startups Worldwide Adopt Neo4j Graph Database

  • CrunchBase, Medium, Doximity, Beamly (formerly zeebox), Gamesys, Cobrain, and Codex Digital join list of startups using Neo4j, including FiftyThree, Down, onefinestay, Viadeo, Glassdoor and others.

  • Register for May 28th GraphPANEL Silicon Valley to hear how hot startups are using Neo4j.

SAN MATEO, Calif. – May 1, 2014 – Neo Technology, creators of Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, today announced significant traction among startup companies worldwide. Adding to a roster of customers including FiftyThree, Down, onefinestay, Viadeo and Glassdoor, Neo now also counts CrunchBase, Medium, Doximity, Beamly (formerly zeebox), Gamesys, Cobrain, and Codex Digital as new Neo4j customers.

“The hottest startups in Silicon Valley and beyond are now using Neo4j as the technology foundation underpinning their core business. There is no doubt in my mind that the next Google and Facebook being born today will use Neo4j at the heart of their business. From Telco to financial services, gaming to hospitality, and online dating to health care, it is becoming clear that to become differentiated in your space, it’s not enough just to know your data. You need to use the relationships in your data. Being able to make business decisions with knowledge of how things are connected is becoming a major competitive factor. As startups look to graph databases as a way to bring their connected data to life, they naturally gravitate to Neo4j as we are the leader in the space,” said Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology.

Why Neo4j?

Graph databases enable disruptive innovation by allowing businesses to make decisions based on relationships and connections. Neo4j is trusted for its performance, reliability, and scalability, by a large and growing number of companies around the world who use Neo4j in production for an increasing variety of projects. Neo4j solves problems that were previously intractable with other technologies, across a broad spectrum of industries and use cases. Today, Neo Technology’s clients range from large retailers including eBay and Walmart, to world leading Telcos such as Telenor Group, CenturyLink, 3, HP, and Cisco, to companies of all sizes in the financial services, healthcare, media and gaming markets.

As the company that invented the modern graph database, Neo Technology continues to innovate and dominate its category. Since pioneering the first graph database in 2000, the company has become a trusted technology supplier for startups, and has earned a reputation for helping solve some of their most critical data challenges that companies face today. Neo4j customers include:

  • CrunchBase, the world’s most comprehensive dataset of startup activity, accessible to everyone, just launched CrunchBase 2.0, and The Business Graph powered by Neo4j. With Neo4j, they are now able to see a clear timeline of all activity and uncover the connections between everyone and everything. The Business Graph, at its core, is the web of connections between business activities and the people involved in them.

  • Medium, founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. Medium raised $25M in Series A funding this January.

  • Doximity, an online professional network for physicians, serves more than one in three U.S. doctors, and one of the top-five most used medical apps according to the American College of Physicians. Doximity has raised $82M to date, including a $54M Series C round announced this week.

  • Beamly, is a social networking and social TV platform allowing users to interact and share with friends while watching live TV.

  • Gamesys Ltd., a leading gaming provider, leverages Neo4j to power high-value social features in its gaming portfolio, such as tracking which players interact with whom and managing referral bonuses.

  • Cobrain, the first cross-merchant and cross-product recommendation engine, and brainchild of serial entrepreneur Rob McGovern, who founded the company after selling his previous online job board venture for $450M. Cobrain uses Neo4j as part of the brains behind its intelligent real-time recommendations.

  • Codex Digital, an industry leader in high-end digital equipment for motion picture and television production, is a driving force behind award-winning productions like Gravity, The Avengers, and Game of Thrones.

Neo4j Global Customers Speak Out

“The Neo4j graph database proved the perfect fit for integrating Facebook into the Glassdoor community. As a result we are able to provide a better experience for our members and provide them with real job recommendations.”

— Ryan Aylward, SVP and CTO of Glassdoor

“We saw a great opportunity to empower users. If we can create better recommendations, then it’s a win for everybody. With Neo4j, as soon as a user does something or gives us feedback on an item, your Cobrain can personalize your recommendations. That’s going to give us a competitive edge.”

— Andy Rosenbaum, Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Cobrain

“We considered a number of NoSQL options, including Mongo, DynamoDB and other graph solutions. Neo4j provided the required balance of features and support we needed to unlock the power of data captured on our residential properties. Neo4j gives us peace of mind—it’s a solid tool with wide-ranging application, offers a stable partner to grow with, and allows us to be a part of a great user community.”

— Jackson Hull, CTO of onefinestay

“Using Neo4j allowed us to focus on the important parts of the project: getting the domain model right, extracting novel insights from the data and delivering business value quickly.”

— Toby O’Rourke, Technical Architect at Gamesys

Graphs Are Eating the World (and so is Neo4j)

Over the past year, Neo4j has received consistent recognition, including being named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in the Cool Vendors in DBMS, 2014 report by Gartner, Inc.1, being named as a ‘Who’s Who in NoSQL DBMSs’ by Gartner2, one of ‘10 Companies and Technologies to Watch in 2013’ by Robin Bloor of the Bloor Group, inclusion in the ‘21 NoSQL Innovators to Look for in 2020’ list by Gary MacFadden of Wikibon, “2014 Technology of the Year” from InfoWorld, as well as notable product awards from AlwaysOn, CRN, DTBA and others.

Neo4j is ranked as the world’s leading graph database by database monitoring site DB-Engines, who also observe that graph databases are also growing in popularity faster than any other segment in the database space. According to the firm, “When we look at how much various categories of database management systems increased their popularity last year, Graph DBMSs are the clear winner with more than 250 percent increase.”


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eBay Meetup

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Neo Technology will host GraphPANEL Silicon Valley at AOL on Wednesday, May 28th at 6 p.m. PT. Join Neo Technology for an exciting evening and hear how hot startups applied Neo4j to their core product offering. The event will feature select startups in different industries and is a great opportunity to learn about graph-based applications and meet other graph-minded locals.

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About Neo Technology

Graphs are everywhere. From websites adding social capabilities to Telcos providing personalized customer services, to innovative bioinformatics research, organizations are adopting graph databases as the best way to model and query connected data. Neo Technology researchers pioneered the first graph database back in 2000, and have been instrumental in bringing the power of the graph to numerous organizations worldwide, including more than 40 Global 2000 customers, such as Cisco, Accenture, Telenor, eBay and Walmart. Serving customers in production for over a decade, Neo4j is the world’s leading graph database with the largest ecosystem of partners and tens of thousands of successful deployments.

 According to DB-Engines, Neo4j dominates the fastest growing category in all data management. Neo Technology is a privately held company funded by Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, Sunstone Capital and Conor Venture Partners, and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with offices in Sweden, UK, Germany, France, and Malaysia. For more information, please visit  

1 Gartner ‘Cool Vendors in DBMS, 2014’ by Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian, April 10, 2014.

2 Gartner ‘Who’s Who in NoSQL DBMSs’ by Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian, August 23, 2013.


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