On July 11, 2016, we launched data.world to the public. Before that date, we were in stealth mode with only this quote on our home page:
If the universe of data were suddenly made available, it would unleash the creativity of problem-solvers to combine different data sets — public and private — to develop innovative solutions to innumerable challenges.
— Mikael Hagstrom, EVP at SAS (at the World Economic Forum)
It was revealing and very inspirational, if you knew what we were up to. And if you walked into our office, you would have seen our mission statement hanging proudly in the lobby:
To build the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world.
Last week, we celebrated our one-year anniversary since going live, and I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible challenge and joy of building the data.world community over the past twelve months.