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July 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Tableau Software doubles sales, hiring 100

Data isn’t the only thing that Tableau Software is visualizing. It’s also seeing crazy growth.

The data visualization company, headquartered in the Fremont neighborhood, today is announcing that its sales grew 106 percent from the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010, and it’s going on a hiring spree to double its team.

Tableau is privately held but disclosed that it grossed more than $20 million last year and is adding new clients daily to a list that has 5,000 customers, from Apple to Zynga.

It employs 136, up from 100 at the start of the year, and plans to fill 100 new positions in the next 12 to 18 months. That’s more than double the pace of hiring that Chief Executive Christian Chabot expected in April, when he launched a free online version of the company’s visualization toolbox.

Chabot — who spun the company out of Stanford University in 2003 — has said he may take Tableau public in three to five years.

Here’s an example of a Tableau Public visualization developed for PC Magazine’s analysis of mobile network data performance; use your mouse to call up more details:

Mobile Network Performance
Mobile Network Performance

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