What’s in a name?

Inspired by Reuben Fischer-Baum’s maps of popular baby boy and girl names, we decided to create our own animated map of popular donor names across the United States, depicting shifting trends in names since we launched. We find this name map interesting for two reasons. First, it shows the growth of – we might…


“Techiness” of Tech-Savvy US Cities

Drawn from multiple online sources, we’ve devised a list of the most tech-savvy cities in the US. Our data shows that, interestingly enough, there are 2 breeds of Tech-savvy cities: those that have a much lower emphasis on technology-related projects compared to the rest of the US and those that have a much higher emphasis…


Who’s More Generous: You or Your Friends?

Today, we at the Central Bureau of Data  decided to shine a light, end the controversy and to finally answer the question… What names make for the most generous donors across the US? In our day to day lives we have always wondered what were the most common names in my state? Or how many people…


Giving Index: 2013 in Review

Our partnership with Looker allows anybody to generate insights into America’s educational system, schools needs, and emerging trends in education. Request an invite to interactively explore our open datasets now. Today, in partnership with Looker and Highwire PR we announced a release of this public data exploration feature and here are a few stories and an…


E-Commerce Tip from Chess Club Project

In July 2013, board member Fred Wilson of ran a campaign to fund a chess club project on A key e-commerce insight was drawn from this endeavor: customization of referral landing pages results in better conversion.


Interactive Project Map

Visualize 13 years of project funding data on this zoomable interactive map. Only fully funded projects are shown, along with their densities and a time slider. Try zooming in to explore a specific state, city or district.