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June 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Big data venture Context Relevant raises $1.3 million

Seattle data analytics startup Context Relevant is announcing today that it raised $1.3 million in seed funding from Madrona Venture Group and a handful of tech investors.

The company also announced that it hired Microsoft veteran Jim Walsh, principal architect of Microsoft’s ad platforms, as vice president of engineering.

Context Relevant provides an analytics application for companies to analyze huge data sets.

Called FAST — for flexible analytics and statistics technology — the system is intended to provide companies with the sort of “big data” analytics done by teams of data scientists.

FAST can be used to “weave together large and disparate data sources and to ask questions and get answers in seconds that before required days or even weeks,” the company said in its release.

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