Indeed, while the Google Ventures website lists four career opportunities for one of its portfolio companies located in Cambridge, Massachusetts without naming Wingu, the stealth startup published the exact same job openings on its job board, leaving nothing to the imagination.
Wingu is building a enterprise-grade cloud platform dubbed Elements that will enable research teams to collaborate more effectively and use data in ‘new ways’.
Here are the four main selling points of Wingu’s platform, according to its website:
MANAGE: Unify your cross-discipline teams on a common platform to share data and ideas.
ANALYZE: Drive decision-making with our analytical workflows and discovery tools.
SHARE: Connect your researchers across silos and geographical divides for better collaboration, coordination and communication.
PROTECT: Breathe easy knowing that your data is backed and protected by leading systems and security experts.
Wingu intends to distribute its research integration software on a subscription basis.
The startup’s proposition sounds similar to that of Mendeley, a research network. Other similar services include Academia.edu (which we likened to a “Geni for researchers”) and Questia. If you know of any others, feel free to share them in comments.
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