Tech Brew Interview Wondergraphs

Every beer has a history. In part that’s what makes the variety of beer in Belgium so fascinating. At least that’s our justification: research and … err… development!  This week, as we sampled two beers, Brice (blonde) and Joup (brown), we learned a bit about the history of Hombourg* and spoke with Dirk Stevens and Kim Gressens about their company, Wondergraphs.

Frustrated with analytics and graphing software available on the market, Dirk and Kim decided to ‘scratch their itch’ and Wondergraphs was born. Four years on, they are set to re-invent how you analyse your data.

They realized that the analytical tools used today did not match the way that we talk about data. Interfaces usually involve dragging field names into different combinations to create a query. But when we speak about data, we don’t say: “Add SalesRevenue in the first column, add SalesMonth to the 2nd column, group by quarter, output the sum per quarter.” Instead, we say: “Graph sales revenue by quarter.”

So, in their latest version, they’ve ditched the usual interface and created one that is more natural; a box into which you tell WonderGraphs how you want to visualize your data. It is a very simple but powerful idea. By also offering suggestions on data combinations, it promises to be very easy to learn on-the-go.

In our interview while discussing their design goals and the ramifications for usage, we also discuss being a self-funded startup, lessons learned, and the value of feedback. Also, don’t forget to check out our calendar for upcoming tech events in Belgium.

*Since 1591, Hombourg was divided by followers of the society of St. Brice and the society of St. Joseph. A local resident even remarked that it was impossible for two people from different groups to marry. This division has dissipated over the last 2 generations and is now commemorated in these beers.