Twitter buys Vancouver's Dabble DB

by Rob Lewis | Business

Twitter announced this morning on their blog that they have acquired Vancouver-born Dabble DB.

Every day millions of people use Twitter to create, share and discover information, and as we grow, analytics becomes an increasingly crucial part of improving our service.

Up until about a year ago, we used an online database called Dabble DB to track and share information about our projects internally. While we've since moved that project management tool in-house, we maintain a relationship with Dabble DB's creators, Smallthought Systems. When Smallthought launched Trendly, a tool that helps web sites distinguish signal from noise in their Google Analytics data, we were among the first to try it. And, as Twitter is the world's largest Ruby on Rails-based web service, we are impressed with their frequent contributions to the Ruby and Smalltalk development communities. Their team has a unique combination of entrepreneurship, creativity, and analytics expertise.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Smallthought Systems. They have joined our analytics team and will focus on integrating ideas from Trendly into our current tools and building innovative realtime products for our future commercial partners. Please join us in welcoming Avi Bryant, Andrew Catton, Ben Matasar, and Luke Andrews to Twitter.

Four long years ago, Ventures West invested in Dabble DB and Paul Kedrosky joined their board.

Bryant, Catton, Matasar, and Andrews will be relocating to San Francisco to work out of Twitter's offices. Congrats to everyone involved!

Dabble DB
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dabble lets you work with data on your own terms. You can import data from spreadsheets or databases — or just start from scratch. Then build your own application as you like and extend it or change it as you go. Dabble lets you restructure and redefine how you organize your data on a whim. more

San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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