The National Academy of Sciences Study
That Started it All
The National Academy of Sciences Committee for Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies invites Harry Blount to help conduct a research study. Its goal is to identify and reduce the frequency and magnitude of surprise through better foresight using data, tech and processes.
Harry Forms the Team
Based on Academy study, Harry assembles a team of Wall Street and Silicon Valley pros to found DISCERN and forms the first advisory board for DISCERN, at that point a data-driven research provider.
Due to the popularity of its data-driven approach, DISCERN begins assembling additional engineers to create a software product which helps clients gather data in one browser-accessible location, see the data mapped to tickers and receive signals on the data.
DISCERN Rolls Out
Primarily for asset managers focused on oil and gas, DISCERN’s Energy 1.0 is released.
DISCERN Named in
A distinguished panel consisting of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts, and the editorial board of CIO Review add DISCERN to its list of 100 Most Promising Big Data Companies.
"100 Most Promising Big Data Companies"
Signals as a Service: Trademarked
DISCERN trademarks the phrase Signals as a Service, referring to the notifications received by DISCERN subscribers, whose data is scanned persistently for business anomalies. When an anomaly is detected, the subscriber is signaled with DISCERN’s findings.
DISCERN is granted its first patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office acknowledges the technology’s unique method of using specialized glossaries to identify relevant data.
DISCERN Rolls Out Real Estate
DISCERN releases its second product, DISCERN Real Estate, for investment managers focused on REITs and Homebuilders sectors. The product includes relevant data sets from DISCERN partners SNL and Altos, along with a suite of financial data and public.
DISCERN Rolls Out RetailThe company releases DISCERN Retail, allowing investment managers and retailers to quickly access geographic data, performance data and financial data on hundreds of retailers and their competitors.
DISCERN: Not Just for Investment Managers Anymore
The company releases DISCERN Retail for Corporate Decision-Makers, an interactive tool drawing on a powerful, persistently-updated database, empowering retailers to optimize their store location portfolios. Now retail executives can better strategize around new store locations and more nimbly target closures of suboptimal locations...in minutes.