By: Philip Kushmaro

If you think about just how much data is on the web right now, it’s not surprising that Big Data analytics have become the fastest growing segment of the IT industry. After all, they’re designed to unscramble the mess of online data us laypeople have created and rearrange it into something nice, neat, and understandable.

Naturally, as the year ends, it’s time to reflect on this year’s major players—startups that have continuously flooded news outlets with announcements of funding rounds, prestigious awards, and just plain awesome technology. That being said, here are five Big Data analytics startups that have genuinely impressed us in 2015…read more.