Hi, we’re Plotly…

And we have a cool problem to solve.

Plotly helps leading organizations close the gap between Data Science and the rest of the organization. We make it easy to create, deploy, and share interactive web apps, graphs, and visualizations in any programming language.

Our Story

We started our careers running the data science program for a California-based clean technology company, where we often needed to solve a seemingly simple problem: gather data, make sense of it, and share the results with others. On the surface it seemed straightforward, but after the collecting, analyzing, sorting, and other work were done, we were still left with important questions to answer:

🧐How do we share what we’ve learned with others in a meaningful way?

🧐How do we enable others to explore our data?

🧐Can we give others access to the models to explore on their own?

As we tried to address these questions, a more fundamental concern came to mind:  how can businesses make meaningful use of data science, if its use and understanding are restricted to just a few individuals?

This was the seed that started Plotly.

When we first started developing our technology, the tools for scientific and data analysis simply were not keeping pace with business needs. In our quest to make data and knowledge sharing more accessible, we focused on promoting the use of technology in these ways:

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Use the web as a data science platform.

We focused on the most commonly used platform to enable sharing of complex data and models. By making it easy for data scientists to create, design, and build web interfaces for complex data and models, end users could interface with data interactively and online in any web browser.

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Power discovery with open source.

We are firm believers in the power of the open-source community and the innovation that results from sharing and community development. For data science to keep pace with business needs, we focused on developing a core technology that is open-source and free, enabling greater sharing and faster innovation.

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Provide unlimited flexibility.

As global coding literacy has increased, particularly the growth of Python and R, code-based analyses are supplanting that of point-and-click software for everything from data analysis and exploration to complex AI and Machine Learning models. Our solution would build on these flexible coding environments and enable businesses to go farther, faster.

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Remove language as a barrier.

Language agnostic coding tools prevent duplicate effort and accelerate innovation. We aim to create software that enables developers, data scientists, and quants everywhere to use the coding tools of their choice.

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Enable shared goals across the organization.

Business groups, Data Science, and Tech teams need to align and have a common language and data platform. At Plotly, we develop software that’s designed to enable data scientists, analysts and technical teams to work hand-in-hand with business teams, giving everyone in a company direct access to data and models.

knowl·edge

/ˈnäləj/

facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information.

We believe that knowledge makes the world a better place.

We also believe that knowledge is built through sharing, transparency and accessibility. That it is born out of dialog and debate on a level playing field. 

Therefore, we focus on making it possible for everyone to share data, facts and information in order to broaden the scope of understanding. To democratize the data.

Free the data. Deliver knowledge.

So that is what we are doing!

We hope that you’ll join us.

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Plotly Timeline

2015

Plotly’s Python and R interactive graphing libraries become the most downloaded in the world.

Plotly launches the first open-source enterprise product in the data science space, making the core technology, Plotly.js, free and accessible under the MIT license.

2017

Plotly launches Dash 1.0.0.

Plotly’s graphing libraries top 10M downloads and 2M site visitors per month.

2019

Sales and marketing executives join Plotly from U.S. giants MathWorks, SAS & Tableau.

Plotly releases Plotly.express, enabling users to create interactive graphs in a single line of code.

Dash 1.0.0 is released!

Plotly releases Dash for R, providing full Dash OSS and enterprise offerings to R programmers.

Plotly.py 4.0.0 is released!

Emma Gouillart joins Plotly as Scientist-in-Residence.

2013 & 2014

Jack, Chris, Matthew and Alex found Plotly and officially open the Montreal headquarters.

Plotly.py is released.

MHS Capital leads Series-A investment round.

2016

Plotly holds Plotcon, a data visualization conference in Oakland, CA, and Chris showcases a preview of Dash.

2018

Vanedge Capital and In-Q-Tel lead Series-B investment round to fuel Plotly’s growth.

2020

Scale AI awards $1.7M to Plotly to speed innovation in supply chain AI technology.

NVIDIA leads Series-C investment round.

Dash Enterprise launches on Azure marketplace.

Jon Mease joins Plotly as Chief Scientist.

The main website, plotly.com, relaunches with refreshed branding.

Dash Enterprise 4.0 is released, introducing Data Science Workspaces and integrations with Databricks and Snowflake.

Plotly.py 4.10 and Plotly.js 1.55 are released!

Dash for Julia is released, further making Dash language-agnostic.

Plotly In The Wild

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50M+

Plotly users

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33K

GitHub stars for Dash, Plotly.py, & Plotly.js

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350K

Monthly Dash downloads

cloud download

4M

Downloads of Plotly open-source libraries

Our Leadership Team

jack parmer chief executive officer co-founder plotly

Jack Parmer

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

chris parmer co-founder chief product officer plotly

Chris Parmer

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer

alex johnson co-founder chief technology office plotly

Alex Johnson

Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

gary young senior vice president sales plotly

Gary Young

EVP Sales & Alliances

Derek Nogiec

VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances

alexandre bernier vice president finance plotly

Alexandre Bernier

VP Finance

ben postlethwaite chief solutions architect plotly

Ben Postlethwaite

Chief Solutions Architect

Laura Gray

Head of People and Operations

Our Supporters

IQTVanedge CapitalRHO CapitalReal VenturesMHS Capital

Grant Supporters

Chan Zuckerberg InitiativeGovernment of Canada

Advisors

Fernando Perez

Fernando Perez is the creator of IPython and Project Jupyter and he also serves as assistant professor in Statistics at UC Berkeley and a Faculty Scientist in the Department of Data Science and Technology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and a Senior Fellow and founding co-investigator of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.  He is a co-founder of the NumFOCUS Foundation, and a member of the Python Software Foundation.

Jon Mease

Jon is a data scientist and software developer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He has interest and experience across a range of technical domains, programming languages, data visualization techniques, and data science technologies. Jon holds bachelors’ degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Millersville University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.  Jon has contributed to a variety of technologies in the PyData ecosystem including the Plotly Python and JavaScript libraries, pandas, Dask, and Datashader.

Matthew Sundquist

Matt Sundquist studied philosophy at Harvard College, where he was the student body president. Previously Matt has been a writer for SCOTUSblog.com, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Student Fellow at Harvard Law School. He worked as a Product Manager at Water.org and Change.org, and was on the Privacy Team at Facebook. He was previously the COO of Plotly, where he was a Co-Founder. He is now the General Manager of Fly Ranch, a 3,800 acre ranch in Nevada.

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