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Data Drum is a new platform offering clean and automated macroeconomic and social data to help explain the world to everyone from hedge fund analysts to people on the street. Our code continuously scours the world’s data and presents it with style and structure before anyone else.

Central banks and government statistics agencies obfuscate what should be transparent data in a myriad of formats, structures and languages. People waste hours every day parsing archaic websites, jumbled PDFs and unclear spreadsheets before incorporating what they find into their own workflows.

Those mind-numbing and time-sapping tasks can be forgotten with Data Drum whose users can be alerted immediately to the changes they’re interested in and use the website and mobile apps to quickly view and download live figures alongside elegant visualizations and informative text, the Excel add-in to pull live data into spreadsheets and the API to get it directly into their own software.

Our data comes straight from the primary source, no matter how tough that source is to parse, and is as granular as we can possibly get. Unlike competitors, we do not bulk up our databases with IMF and World Bank figures. We do our own calculations and cross-reference them to ensure no foul play and link directly to sources, provide their methodological notes and even give users access to a library of cached source documents.

Data Drum has appeared in or been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, CBC, Miami Herald, Times of London and JPMorgan—and received standalone press coverage from others for shining a light on the economic disaster in Venezuela.

It was in Caracas that Delaware-registered Data Drum, Inc., founder and CEO Girish Gupta, a British physicist and foreign correspondent, began developing the platform. He had noticed how little people understood about what their government was doing and how slow and unreliable news and data outlets were at collecting figures to show what was going on. Gupta dug into the data to complement his street reporting and wrote the first lines of Data Drum code.


Girish Gupta
Physics graduate and former reporter who worked all over Latin America and the Middle East from a base in Venezuela. He undertook major investigations and covered the crisis there for the world’s biggest news outlets while also digging into the data and writing the first lines of code for what was to become Data Drum.

Luis Pedraza
Lead Developer
Philosophy and computer science graduate based in New York. Has developed software for his alma mater, the University of Texas, and worked as a data journalist with the Austin Monitor. In his free time, tutored college students in logic, philosophy and programming.

Daniel Urdaneta, CFA
Lead Ecoomist
Economist and financial analyst currently based in Santiago. Has worked in Venezuela’s financial sector serving in trading, research and financial analysis roles for buy-side, sell-side and government institutions. Currently studying towards a postgraduate economics degree.

Lucinda Elliott
Head of Latin America
São Paulo-based journalist focusing on South American politics, business and economics for various news outlets including the Financial Times and Times of London. Graduate in Portuguese and Spanish and studied journalism in Brazil.

Carolyn Thompson
Head of Africa
Nairobi-based data journalist covering human rights abuses, conflict, refugees and corruption in East Africa. Former reporter and journalism trainer in South Sudan, Ghana, Kenya and Canada. Holds a Master’s in journalism and degree in French and Mediterranean Studies.

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