We're on a mission to help analysts do the best work of their careers

Mode is building the only collaborative analytics platform that lets data experts and domain experts work together to solve hard problems and make better decisions.

A few data points

Customers & counting
Daily query growth in 2016
Employees in San Francisco
23 Sriracha bottles consumed per year
One mountain goat mascot named Marshawn

By analysts, for analysts

Mode was founded in 2013 by Derek Steer, Benn Stancil, and Josh Ferguson. While working in analytics at Yammer, they saw Amazon Redshift and other cloud-based data warehouses making it possible for companies of all sizes—not just tech giants—to gather and analyze data.

The trio recognized the need for a collaborative platform designed for people who work on the frontier of data analysis, one that would streamline analyst workflows and make it possible to share insightful and actionable data across entire organizations. And with that, Mode was born.

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A brief history

Day 1

In Derek's living room, the founding team started crafting the Mode MVP: a collaborative SQL editor and chart builder.


After nine months of designing, building, researching, and testing, we opened up Mode to the world.


We figured it was time to give our mascot, a mountain goat from Montana, a name. Beast Mode seemed apt, so we started calling him Marshawn.


We came together as a 13-person team to document the culture we wanted to foster. The values we wrote then have guided us ever since.

Series A

In August 2014, we announced our Series A and launched massive upgrades that laid the groundwork for dashboards and automated sharing.

Hack Day 1.0

A couple of months later, we hosted our first hack day and encouraged everyone to participate. Some of our highest impact projects have been conceived on hack days—like integrating Python notebooks. Hack days have become a biannual event.


We expanded from SQL (the lingua franca of analysis) to incorporate Python notebooks in Mode. Analysts began to open up advanced analysis to the rest of their business like never before.

Series B

In May 2017, we announced our Series B. At the time, over 500 customers relied on Mode to power decisions throughout their organizations.


We're honored to be backed by an incredibly insightful group of investors.

As well as Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, and a number of other angel investors