Idea and Success
AnyChart was founded in 2003. At that time, Timothy Loginov and team were thinking about an idea of making a universal, versatile interactive data visualization tool to help web developers and data engineers visualize any data in any charts. “I mean, if you have a certain data set and a certain task of what to look for or focus on in it, you can make a chart using one or another solution quite easily. But what if the conditions are not that favorable? For example, if you are working on an enterprise reporting system, you may well have to deal with diverse types and sources of data, not to mention a variety of specific questions that the analysts may need data to answer,” explains Timothy.
So, they decided to create such a “one-fits-all” charting tool, like a “Swiss knife” for interactive data visualization. Sixteen years ago, when they started, was the time when Adobe Flash was everywhere and XML had already begun to gain popularity. That’s where they recognized an opportunity as typically you could extract data in XML from literally any source and then visualize it as a Flash chart.
“We succeeded to earn the first big corporate clients quite shortly, and this actually gave us a great push forward,” recalls Loginov.
When Hard Work Is Paid Off
The very first big moment when the AnyChart team realized the hard work started to bring fruits was the time of getting the first big customers. One of them was Oracle — they integrated AnyChart into APEX, a very popular web app development tool used by many thousands of developers worldwide. “That proved our idea in practice, showing AnyChart is a great fit for enterprises’ data visualization needs. Thanks to a partnership with Oracle, we also received huge amounts of use cases and feedback from developers, which greatly helped us in improving the product, technical support, and business in general,” shares Timothy Loginov.
Today, thousands of companies and organizations from startups to enterprises to universities and NGOs use their charting solutions to power data analytics and business intelligence systems with the right data visualization. AnyChart’s clientele includes giants like Volkswagen, Samsung, BP, ExxonMobil, General Electric, AT&T, Microsoft, Bosch, Orange, Ford, Bank of China, JPMorgan,
Citi, Lockheed Martin, California State University, Greater Manchester Police, Women’s Health America, and many more.
AnyChart’s data visualization software solutions have been recognized by IT experts worldwide and even have won several awards. For example: In 2018, AnyChart received a prestigious DEVIES Award for the best in JS tech at the largest developer tech event, DeveloperWeek in California.
Global Data Visualization Market Leader
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Market Differentiators – Advantages for Web Developers
To make things easier for web developers, AnyChart has comprehensive and detailed API reference and documentation, thousands of data visualization demo samples that can be played with on the AnyChart Playground, dozens of integration samples for all major stacks, as well as a prompt, enterprise-grade technical support.
Advice for Future Tech Leaders
When asked about the best piece of advice he ever received and giving an advice to aspiring tech entrepreneurs, AnyChart’s Co-founder is careful: “Advice is a delicate thing. I mean, it’s always good to receive a piece of advice. But I believe you’d better not take every one of them as is, without any doubts that it will work for you in your situation. In fact, nobody knows your life, your business, and your aspirations better than you,” emphasizes Timothy Loginov, and adds: “So at all times, I am pleased to get advice and absolutely thankful to the people doing that. But I also do my best to consider each advice critically, analyzing whether it’s a good fit in my current circumstances or not. And exactly in these terms, I really like one I read many years ago somewhere and I can give the readers the same — never listen to any advice, not even this one.”
Bringing New and Better to the World
Growing up, Timothy always wanted to bring something new and better to the world. Leading a disrupting company, today, he is glad to be able to do that as a tech entrepreneur.
“When customers tell us they are happy to use our solution as it saves them time and effort in creating visualizations and making faster and better data-driven decisions, which indeed happens often, that is precious and inspires me and all of us to work even more,” Timothy says.