It's flattering to see others appreciate our design and data visualization. Here is one YC company that appreciated us a bit too much.
We’re really proud of our data and technology at CB Insights. We’re also extremely excited about what we’ve done on the design and data visualization front to help our clients tell stories and get answers from the data.
And now it seems others are excited by it as well.
Yesterday, a Y Combinator company launched that has a striking resemblance to our own product. You can see screenshots below. Of course, using the exact color scheme and text could be oddly coincidental.
But on top of what is a copy, 12 people from the company have signed up for a CB Insights free trial since September 2014. They include the YC company’s CEO, Designer, Head of Product, Product Manager and Senior Ruby Developer among others. Our terms of service which all these users agreed to prohibits this explicitly — You may not access the Services if You are Our direct competitor, except with Our prior written consent. In addition, You may not access Our Services for purposes of monitoring their availability, performance or functionality, or for any other benchmarking or competitive purposes.
The CEO also admitted to me via Twitter that they took CB Insights as a reference to launch fast. So copying to launch fast is ok it seems? He does thankfully clarify that other than the design, their site is very different (phew).
He goes on to clarify later that “only the way data is displayed” was copied.
While we’ve had others inspired by what we do in the past, this was one of the more egregious cases of a line being crossed from inspiration to plagiarism.
On the bright side, this does wonders for our ego, and we’re flattered that these guys liked CB Insights so much that they wanted one just like it for themselves.
And here is an industry trends chart from Industry Analytics as well and one of theirs. Even the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) above the graph are the same.
We’re trying to build a data company you’ll love by combining the best data with great usability and fantastic service. Our customers think we’re on the right track. If you’re not trying to copy us, you should create a free trial below and check us out.
The topic also generated some discussion on Hacker News.
Copier image from rnv123