Ex-Obama techies celebrate birthday with science fair

"Ex-Obama techies celebrate birthday with science fair"
Publication: Crain's Chicago Business
Author: John Pletz
Publish Date: May 30, 2014

"What happens when a bunch of data scientists throw a birthday party? There are drinks, food and music — and a science fair.

Civis Analytics, a company formed by many of the data scientists from Barack Obama's re-election campaign, celebrated its one-year anniversary in style last night by hosting a science fair and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at its West Loop offices.

The experiments ranged from whimsical to insightful. One group came up with a way to calculate pi by using lentils, a circle, a square, a smartphone and a little code. Another project tracked the relative health-risk profile of populations by ZIP code, and another showed what people do most often after buying coffee at particular coffee shops."
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Obama’s data gurus find life outside the Beltway

"Obama's data gurus find life outside the Beltway"
Publication: CNBC
Author: Daniel Libit
Publish Date: May 30, 2014

"A celebration was underway Thursday night on the seventh floor of a lofted office in Chicago's West Loop.Civis Analytics, the firm founded by Dan Wagner, the former chief analytics officer of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, was marking (and marketing) its first birthday with the theme of a data "science fair."

That meant, among other things: DJ's wearing lab coats, big Mac computers demoing the company's latest and greatest digital offerings; and very few attendees over the age of 35. That rare older set included Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who milled about for a half-hour and then offered some complimentary words to commemorate the occasion."
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5 Chicago CTOs You Should Know: Gabriel Burt, Civis Analytics

"5 Chicago CTOs You Should Know: Gabriel Burt, Civis Analytics"
Publication: Built In Chicago
Author: Maura Gaughan
Publish Date: April 24, 2014

"Gabriel Burt works to create social impact. For that reason, he joined the Obama campaign back in 2011 where he led a team of nine analytic engineers, working on 50TB analytics database. Since, he took his experience to Civis Analytics - a technology firm that solves the worlds problems with Big Data." Read More »

Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year

"Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year"
Publication: The Washington Post
Author: Dan Balz
Publish Date: April 19, 2014

"The groundwork for the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote operation began in earnest months ago in the offices of Civis Analytics, in a seventh-floor loft of an old office building in Chicago’s Greektown and in a townhouse near Washington’s Dupont Circle. Under contract to the DSCC, Civis Analytics started to model the electorates in states with the most competitive Senate races." Read More »

Civis Analytics Signs Local Market TV Ratings Agreement With Rentrak

"Civis Analytics Signs Local Market TV Ratings Agreement With Rentrak"
Publication: PR Newswire
Publish Date: April 14, 2014

"Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced an agreement with Civis Analytics to provide insights into corporate and political advertising campaigns by integrating Civis' predictive targeting with Rentrak's local television viewing ratings" Read More »

Obama’s Trauma Team

"Obama's Trauma Team"
Publication: Time Magazine
Author: Steven Brill
Publish Date: March 10, 2014

“In fact, Obamacare had indirectly become a Civis client. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a nonprofit called Enroll America was formed with the goal of boosting enrollment in the coming insurance exchanges through grassroots organizing and targeted advertising. Enroll America is funded--in "the tens of millions," says its president, Anne Filipic, a former Obama campaign worker--not only by some political groups sympathetic to health care reform, like Families USA, but also by businesses that will benefit from people enrolling, chief among them insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The organization became one of Civis' first and biggest clients.” Read More »

Data Solutions to Social Problems

"Civis Analytics's Dan Wagner on Data Solutions to Social Problems"
Publication: BloombergBusinessweek
Author: Joshua Brustein
Publish Date: March 6, 2014

"Q:You help organizations deal with new ways of analyzing data. Where do they have trouble?
A: Apart from the technical hurdles, they need to transfer from thinking about people as these kind of bulk segments toward thinking about people as individuals with their own propensities, their own risks that need to be managed carefully with individually deployable communication to help them have better lives. Frankly, it’s a very difficult transition, both from a perspective of technology and from a cultural perspective.." Read More »

Democrats Try to Build on Technology Lead

"Democrats Try to Build on Technology Lead"
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Author: Patrick O'Connor
Publish Date: February 26, 2014

“We spent all of 2013 working hand-in-hand with the DNC to apply those same tools and techniques to smaller and smaller races,” said Dan Wagner, chief executive of Civis Analytics, who previously served as the chief analytics officer on the 2012 Obama campaign. “This year, Democrats at every level will have access to those tools.” Read More »

Chicago’s new hotspot for tech startups

"Chicago's new hotspot for tech startups"
Publication: Crain's Chicago Business
Author: John Pletz
Publish Date: February 17, 2014

"When Dan Wagner went looking for bigger space for his fast-growing startup, Civis Analytics Inc., he wanted cool, affordable loft space downtown near other tech companies." Read More »

Democrats aim to make 2014 more like 2012 and 2008

"Democrats aim to make 2014 more like 2012 and 2008"
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Ashley Parker
Publish Date: Feb 6, 2014

"The Committee is also joining with Civis Analytics, a data firm founded by Dan Wagner, who served as the chief analytics officer on Mr. Obama's 2012 campaign." Read More »

@chucktodd This map is a political junkie’s dream

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When big data met analytics

"When big data met analytics"
Publication: The Washington Post
Author: Chris Cillizza
Publish Date: Nov 22, 2013

"FIX: What differentiates what you guys are doing from traditional microtargeting? Dan: Number one, we are building from individual up. Number two, a lot of the way we are identifying individuals is through causal relationships rather than correlation. We run 1000 points of TV in a set of markets, zero points in other markets and see how many votes we moved and the total cost of moving those votes." Read More »

New political ad strategies prompt data mining, advertising alliances

"New political ad strategies prompt data mining, advertising alliances"
Publication: LA Times
Author: Cathleen Decker
Publish Date: Nov 22, 2013

"A partnership announced Thursday between the data analyzers who found Americans who might be persuaded to vote for President Obama and the ad creators who successfully pushed them to the polls provides a glimpse of the future of political advertising."  Read More »

Obama Vets Eye New York Races With New Advertising Bid

"Obama Vets Eye New York Races With New Advertising Bid"
Publication: NY Daily News
Author: Dan Friedman
Publish Date: Nov 22, 2013

"A new partnership between political advertising and data companies led by veterans of the Obama campaign aims to sell the campaign’s successful national method of targeting perusable voters with ads in local races – especially in expensive markets like New York City." Read More »

Obama Campaign Veterans Start New Advertising Venture

"Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up"
Publication: New York Times
Author: Jim Rutenberg
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2013

"On Thursday the ad firm of Jim Margolis, GMMB, and the big data firm of Dan Wagner, Civis Analytics, announced the formation of a partnership that will replicate the Obama campaign’s high-tech system for placing ads on television at the right time and on the right programs for political and business clients." Read More »

@richardwolffedc (MSNBC): Obama 2012 lives on:

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Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up

"Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up"
Publication: Roll Call
Author: Kyle Trygstad
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2013

"A relationship fostered over the course of the president’s re-election campaign morphed Thursday into a partnership to capitalize on the two Democratic consulting firms’ data and media capabilities. GMMB, a top Democratic advertising firm, and Civis Analytics, a big data firm launched by a group of former Obama campaign staffers, announced a new effort that will offer campaigns, non-profits and brands similar voter targeting and media buying that helped President Barack Obama in 2012." Read More »

GMMB and Civis Analytics join to offer data-powered advertising

"GMMB and Civis Analytics join to offer data-powered advertising"
Publication: Campaigns & Elections
Author: Sean J. Miller
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2013

"Two of the consulting firms responsible for President Obama's 2012 reelection victory have renewed their partnership and are marketing their services to down-ballot campaigns and causes." Read More »

Politico Playbook: GMMB, CIVIS partner

"Politico Playbook: GMMB, CIVIS partner"
Publication: Politico Playbook
Author: Mike Allen
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2013

"DAN WAGNER, Civis founder, and chief analytics officer of Obama reelection (master of “The Cave”), using the example of a health-care campaign: “Where before you advertised in a given area or a given state based on where you think the population is, now, you can put it on the street level because you know where the uninsured clusters are.”" Read More »

The Influencers: 50 Disruptors

"The Influencers: 50 Disruptors"
Publication: Campaigns & Elections
Publish Date: Nov 18, 2013

"Dan Wagner, CEO and Founder, Civis Analytics: Wagner headed the Obama campaign’s analytics team before launching Civis Analytics earlier this year. One of the company’s early backers: Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, which should signal a vote of confidence for prospective clients. With offices in Chicago and Washington, DC, the firm is focused on scaling down the sophisticated analytics and targeting services employed by the Obama campaign in 2012. Civis has a slew of statewide races on tap for 2014." Read More »

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