Hot Party, Cool Technologies

Amidst the open data and gov 2.0 movement, Palantir is leading the effort to integrate, visualize, analyze and make sense of the world’s information. A flat organization of approximately 280 employees, Palantir employs no sales-people, and consists mainly of engineers. Shyam Sankar, Palantir’s 28-year old VP of Business Development who spoke at this year’s TED on the use of Palantir to uncover GhostNet, a large Chinese cyberspying operation, believes by hiring extremely bright, energetic and capable individuals, Palantir doesn’t need the sales and marketing people. The employees and the product sell the company.

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