After the Panama Papers, the new ambitions of the start-up Linkurious
The “Panama Papers” investigation might not have been so rapid without the technology developed by this start-up. Based in Paris, Linkurious worked for a year with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) which moved more than 300 journalists to 70 countries to analyze documents. And for good reason: it is developing a data set analysis platform in order to detect correlations and links between these data.
Linkurious provided journalists with “a Web interface for which they could search in the data and find connections between addresses, individuals, offshore companies”, explains to Frenchweb Sébastien Heymann, the founder. It must be said that the ICIJ already knew the Parisian start-up well since it had already collaborated with it within the framework of the “Swiss Leaks”.
Open an office in the United States
In addition to the ICIJ, the company mainly addresses organizations that need to analyze financial transactions, such as the Ministry of the Economy, for the detection of VAT fraud, or even the Aviva insurance group. For data security reasons, the Linkurious software is installed on site, and not in the cloud, which implies a different economic model from publishers marketing their offer in Saas (like a service, note).
The “Panama Papers” gave Linkurious high visibility: “We saw a great explosion in the number of very interesting contacts to start evaluating our solution,” explains Sébastien Heymann. Now, the start-up, which is based at the Paris Soleillet incubator, has set itself the goal of recruiting new employees and opening an office in the United States, where it already generates a third of its turnover. To achieve this, fundraising is planned.
Interview Sébastien Heymann, the founder of Linkurious:
CEO: Sébastien Heymann
The head office : Paris
Activity: data analysis software
Effective : 6 employees