• Data tracking what technologies are being used to build websites, with eight years of history and mapped to public technology companies: BuiltWith
  • Convenience store transaction data from 5,000 stores across 48 US states. Data includes 2bn consumer transactions with item-level detail: Koupon Media
  • Satellite data tracking public and private oil and gas operator activity in key US shale basins: SatScout
  • Public data on corporate distress, bankruptcy, and restructuring information: New Generation Research
  • Survey of US real estate renters including data on pricing, room counts, amenities, zip code, changes in rental price, demographics, etc.: Realrents
  • Web data covering retail, restaurants, and convenience stores: ApexData
  • Data broker focused on demographic and real estate datasets: DemystData

See public database of 437 data providers and tools/services.


  • Nowcast, a Japanese transaction data provider, launched new credit card dataset with ticker, brand, and user demographic granularity. The data can be used to understand sales trends, market share, or average amount per transaction for retailers or e-commerce. 


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  • Dr. Christina Zhu, a Wharton accounting professor, publishes research suggesting that the increase in corporate information availability via alternative data makes managers less likely to trade on internal company information, and more likely to make better corporate investment decisions. (Wharton)
  • Two articles discuss using data to decide where to open new retail locations:
    • Winick Realty Group is rating an area's future appeal and demographics based on web data from Streeteasy, the New York State Liquor Authority applications, and Yelp reviews. (Commercial Observer)
    • Retailers are using location data to optimize new store launches based on potential customer data. (Bloomberg)
  • New report from Greenwich Associates and IHS Markit states that half of investment managers are currently using alternative data and 74% believe that alternative data is having a large impact on institutional investing. (Yahoo FinanceIHS Markit)
  • Orbital Insight, a satellite data provider, profiled in Bloomberg. The CEO of Hanley Wood, a real estate media firm working with Orbital, claims that satellite data would have been informative of housing market oversupply ahead of the 2008 collapse. (Bloomberg)
  • Sentiment data providers look to partner with stock index providers to create alternative data indices. One example index would select constituent stocks using a score called Futurity - "how much a company is referred to in the past and future tenses." (Markets Media)