About MapD Technologies

MapD was founded by scientists, engineers, and data analysts on a mission to make data exploration an immersive experience.

Our Mission

MapD’s mission is to not just make queries faster, but to create a fluid and immersive data exploration experience that removes the disconnect between an analyst and their data. Whether harnessed to explore correlations or identify anomalies, we have built the MapD platform from the ground up to make extracting insight from data effortless and lightning fast. Every day we strive to innovate and evolve to become one of the most respected and trusted GPU database companies on the planet.


CEO Todd Mostak first developed a prototype of MapD while waiting hours and sometimes days for a single query to process patterns in hundreds of millions of tweets for his Harvard thesis on the Arab Spring. Frustrated that he couldn’t access a cluster of computers to perform his computations, he created his own solution by pairing off-the-shelf video game GPU cards with a new design for parallel databases. Todd pursued this technology as a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) before founding MapD with Thomas Graham in 2013.

  • May 2017

    MapD Open Source and Community Editions made available

  • April 2017

    MapD Version 3 Release with distributed scale-out, high availability, enhanced SQL, and native ODBC

  • March 2017

    MapD receives Series B funding from New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), NVIDIA, Vanedge Capital and Verizon Ventures

  • December 2016

    MapD Version 2 Release with major improvements to the MapD Immerse Visual Analytics system

  • November 2016

    MapD helps publicly announce GPU instances on Google Cloud with stellar benchmarks against CPU systems

  • October 2016

    MapD awarded Business Intelligence Group Start-up of the Year

  • October 2016

    MapD helps publicly launch powerful GPU instances on Amazon Web Services, adding a MapD AMI to the marketplace

  • September 2016

    MapD awarded for Fast Company Innovation by Design Award - Graphic Design and Data Visualization

  • July 2016

    MapD named one of CRN’s 10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2016

  • April 2016

    MapD named Gartner Cool Vendor 2016

  • March 2016

    MapD officially launches & receives Series A funding from Vanedge Capital, Nvidia, In-Q-Tel, and Verizon Ventures

  • July 2015

    MapD is available on the cloud with IBM Softlayer Cloud Service’s announcement, making GPUs accessible to HPC users

  • February 2015

    MapD signs a social media giant, its first paying customer

  • September 2014

    MapD moves its HQ from Cambridge to San Francisco

  • April 2014

    MapD takes $2M in seed funding from investors including Nvidia, GV, and Vanedge Capital

  • March 2014

    MapD wins Nvidia’s $100K Early Stage Challenge

  • September 2013

    MapD Technologies, Inc. is founded by Todd Mostak and Tom Graham in Cambridge, MA

  • January–December 2013

    MapD is incubated in MIT CSAIL database group

  • March–May 2012

    First prototype of MapD is built by Todd Mostak for his MIT database course