VC Investment Data visualization and analytics

Using the data from and easy to use dashboard software we perform analytics on a huge dataset that spans 20 years of Venture capital investment data from 1995 onward. Having data that goes far into the history should give us enough to extract the necessary analytical juice out of it.


VC investment by industry

Change in investment pattern between 2000 and 2014

The year 2000 was definitely the peak for VC investment craziness. A whopping 105 Billions was pumped into startups and bringing them quickly for IPO. Ever since after the crash of 2000… Continue reading the original article

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Which CEO makes the top Dollars?

Larry Ellison and Warren Buffet owns the highest number of shares but check out who makes the top 1 year salary and 5 year salary. Checkout this CEO Dashboard

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Startup Scorecard – Useful tracking tool for businesses

For a startup or small business it is very important to track certain things apart from revenues and expenses.

A startup could be selling a subscription service, a downloadable component, mobile app and so on.

A startup also has raised some funds either through family/friends or incubator and VCs

A startup is attacking on various fronts to gain traction. It outsources some marketing, does some inhouse SEO, does in-house Social media marketing.

A startup is trying to lay the foundation brick by brick for this multi-dimensional structure.

Read more about how to use this dashboard for your own business

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InfoCaptor releases self hosted web dashboard

InfoCaptor released the free online dashboard for every small business user in the entire universe.

The free dashboard is available at and it is one of the most innovative dashboard in the Business Intelligence world.

With the online dashboard a small biz owner can automate its entire business reporting and set it on auto-pilot.

As a small business owner or a startup founder, there are gazillions of tasks that need to be performed on a day to day basis. If this is not enough the task list for a small operation keeps changing on a day to day basis. It is like a never ending loop of tasks that automatically get lined up for you to finish them.

Reporting and dashboards is very crucial for any business to survive and grow. Today InfoCaptor empowers this startup founders and small biz owners to use this free business intelligence tool, setup the key metrics, display them on a spare monitor and set it on auto-pilot. From time to time keep making tweaks to it and that is all needed to start your own monitoring system.

For little data savvy dashboards where you want to display critical financial information, sometimes you need the software in-house.

InfoCaptor has released the self hosted dashboard solution that you can easily deploy it on your own computer, laptop or central server within your department.

This is an amazing option and everyone should take benefit of this opportunity.

Whether you deal with Big Data or small Data, InfoCaptor self hosted solution will work efficiently for your needs.

You can check the Dashboard solutions

If you wish to test drive the self hosted solution then grab this download link

And here are the instructions on how to install Dashboard and start on your local PC

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Disruptive Dashboard with Bells and Whistles – Google Analytics – Facebook – Database

Ever imagined your dashboard could sing?

Ever wondered if the widgets on your dashboard could shake and dance?

Ever imagined you could design your dashboard like a flowchart and move your magic wand and “Boom!” the flowchart starts displaying real time metrics.

Ever wondered a cloud based Dashboard SAAS service that is dead easy to use but is also cheaper?

InfoCaptor recently announced the availability of its innovative dashboard solution and is absolutely free of cost.

Nope, there are no restrictions of any kind. Just login and start creating beautiful dashboards.

InfoCaptor Enterprise ( enables the small business owner and the startup founder to track important key metrics for their business and websites. It allows the user to build any number of dashboards and track all kinds of metrics in one single place.
It enables the small business owner and the startup founder to

+ Track visitors and pageviews for website.
+ Track Twitter, Facebook, Google plus and Feedburner follower metrics.
+ Track how fast is the website and monitor if it went down.
+ Track the number of user signups and activity for the website and SAAS applications.
+ Track Other dozens of Startup and Small business pre-built metrics (backlinks, SEO rank, Alexa rank etc).
+ Extract financial and operational information stored in spreadsheets and database (including Google spreadsheet).

You should go checkout and get yourself a free account


The best of all, if you have multiple Google Analytics accounts, you can manage them all in one place. Check this section for Google Analytics

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Create Dials and Speedometer Scorecard

Categories: Dashboard,InfoCaptor

In this article we will take an Excel source containing scorecard information and convert into dials and speedometer charts.

We will also create few bar trending charts.

Consider the below sample data

Source File: You can download the excel file here






The above excel file tracks few metrics such as safety, quality and revenue. This is just a sample data and may not make sense in actual world but just imagine a manufacturing company that wants to track its overall safety and quality score and also track its total revenue. Now the company may use its own method at deriving the individual safety and quality scores.

They may have a dedicated team to collect safety violations and product defects and then use some formulae to convert those data into final score for any given month. We are not concerned with any of the methods on how those scores are generated. You are the dashboard person and the company has provided you the metrics by each month and now your job is produce a nice dashboard that shows relevant charts for the given data.

Since the data is tracked for each month, it makes sense to show a line or bar chart trending for the metrics.

Dials and Speedometers are relevant when we need to show performance of a single value. So in this case, since we have 12 month data, how do we show single value on the meter chart?

One solution is to show an ‘Average’ value for the safety and Quality metrics or we could show a dial that shows the current month values.

So the GOAL for this exercise is: Show bar chart for Safety trending 12 months and show average and current month value on the dial chart.

Dial chart requirement: For the dial chart, we are measuring the performance, whether we are on track or missed the goal. In order to achieve that, we create three new columns for safety such as ‘safety_bad’, ‘safety_ok’, safety_good’. These values need to be decided by the company management. If you are not sure, then look at previous year data and decide what should be good and bad values. The dials are used to guide the company to perform better or atleast improve that portion of the company operation represented by the metric.









First let us create the date hierarchy columns from the Period column. You need to make sure that the Period column is an actual Excel date column, else the hierarchy will not be generatedImage











Right click on the period column, select Create -> Add Year, Quarter, Month columns












As you see we added the year and month columns. We may not use all of the above columns but having them ready gives us the option during the chart building.

Now right click on the “Name” and select ‘Create Chart”




















We selected the ‘Bar’ chart type

For the x-axis we select the month column and for the y – axis we select the Safety metric

Next, we click on the “Create Chart” button

This action takes us to the below dialog


















We rename the chart to ‘Safety’ and then click on ‘Fully Apply’

This action create the below chart (You may need to move the screens and dialog around to see the chart behind)












Now having the chart wizard open, we change the selection to ‘Dial’ chart

Check the Dial chart options below











We modify the options as below

  • You can type the low and high range values for each range on the dial.
  • In our case, we have defined the safety bad, ok and good values in our spreadsheet so when our goals change, we just change the spreadsheet and the dials will automatically take care. Also, what if we needed different goals for each month so rather than hard coding the range in the chart, we get them from the excel file














We first change the label sequence for the “Region Name” from “Bad” -> “Warning” -> to “Good”. For the dial chart the labels are not used so make sure that the colors are selected appropriately.
















You may click on the color icon to change the colors of your choice

Next, we select the range boundary values







The safety_bad value from our spreadsheet represents the lower boundary of our bad region, “safety_ok” represents the upper boundary of our bad region, similarly ‘safety_ok’ is the lower bound for our ‘ok’ region and so on. For the ‘Good’ upper bound we simply typed a value but as general practice we should have one more column for the upper bound of the final region. In our case the final region is ‘Safety Good’.

Next, for the pointer value, select the column that you want to show on the dial chart. In our case we select ‘Safety’ and aggregation as ‘Avg’








Next, we click on “Create chart”. This action shows the dialog below






















We change the chart title to ‘Average Safety’

NOTE: remove the double quotes in the SQL statement for the group by. This will cause an error.

Click on ‘Fully Apply’

Here is our final Dial Chart







Next, create a dial chart to show current month value

We will change some conditions on the main Qlet. Right click on the “Name” and select ‘Duplicate’










It creates an exact copy of the qlet table. We change the name to ‘Current Month’







Right click on the ‘Period’ column and select ‘Create’ -> Create Date Filter












This action shows a dialog as shown below









First change the operator to ‘Between’

Next select ‘First Day of Month’ for the from and ‘Last Day of Month’ for the To val.

Click on ‘Use This Filter’

This action applies the filter to the Qlet and it shows only currrent month row













Next, right click on ‘Current Month’ and select ‘Create Chart’

All of the settings remain the same except the ‘Aggregation’, make sure to select ‘NONE’

















Once all the three charts are done, we arrange them as below










Similarly, you may create the charts for “Quality” and “Revenue”

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How to build Excel Dashboards – 12

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Previous – Excel Dashboard Tutorial – 11

How do you share your Excel Dashboard with users?

Now that you have built the dashboard, you can share the dashboard in multiple ways.

Create a PDF output of the dashboard and send as email attachment.

Click on the PDF icon on the toolbar as shown below and it will instantly create a PDF output


PDF output



” Create Static HTML output. Click on the HTML icon on the toolbar. This option creates a static html page that you can put in on the web. Users cannot interact with the dashboard. It is just a snapshot image of the dashboard at the time the output was generated. It does not refresh automatically. You will need to regerate the output again when the data is refreshed.

” Desktop Sharing. You can put the dashboard definition file (icv) on a file share directory and other users can view the dashboard through the Dashboard viewer. You may need separate license for dashboard viewers for desktop.


Go to Menu Create ‘ Publish to web and it will generate a file that you can put it where the dashboard web server is and it will render the output. The look and feel is different with this option


The web version is using a flash charting engine to the desktop Java chart engine.
Details of converting the desktop to web version are not covered in the document. Please refer online at any of our websites for more details

You can download the complete tutorial as PDF
” Web Sharing: In this option, you can publish the dashboard to web and the dashboard is available real time with all the dashboard parameters and refresh actions

How to build Excel Dashboards – 11

Categories: Dashboard,InfoCaptor

Previous – Excel Dashboard Tutorial

Sales Dashboard using Excel


We built the above dashboard completely from scratch.

  • We defined Calculations
  • We defined date hierarchies
  • We built Date Filters
  • We built Date Parameters
  • We built Bar Charts
  • We built Pie Charts
  • We cleaned the dashboard layout

Next – Share Excel Dashboard with other Users

How to build Excel Dashboards – 10

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Previous – Excel Dashboard Tutorial – 9

Cleanup – Resize and Organize

Give appropriate names to each portlet.
During the chart creation if we did not provide names, now is the time to provide them.
Right click on each title and click on “Edit”



Scale down the Size



Note, you can drag the corners of each portlet to resize the frames and drag the title name to place them on the canvas

Screen real-estate is very important when designing any dashboard or web application. For better space utilization, we will convert the standard pie to a 3D view


Also, while arranging the objects, keep the most important charts on the top and left area. Put all the detailed portlets at the bottom.

Avoid horizontal scrolling

Remember, do not put any objects on the right side of the scroll bar. Always, keep the scrolling to vertical as it is convienient for viewing.


The above layout will cause for horizontal scrolling and is not a good practice.
Once you do the basic layout of placing the portlets so that they are distinctly visible, it becomes easy to use the resizing options within the tool.

Navigate to Edit ‘ Resize Mode


Once in the resize mode, you can select each object and they are enabled for group resize and placement

Select all the parameters on the top and we will align the top edges with respect to the first one.


As you see, each plet is shown in red with a bar on top indicating it is selected for alignment
One more, thing, you can also turn the Grid mode to see a guide for your alignment and placement

Goto Edit ‘ Show Grid


Note: Once you are done with resize and align with one set of objects, make sure to deselect them before working on the next set of objects

It is best practice to first resize all the objects. All objects on the same horizontal line should have the same height. Select the optimum height of any object on that particular horizontal line and then right click on the title and resize the height of all the selected ones. Then apply the alignment -> Top , deselect the objects and start with the objects in the next horizontal line.

This completes our basic dashboard which is dynamic and extremely informative.
If you need to further customize the look and feel please refer to our online tutorial and reference section

Next – Excel Dashboard – Complete Order Management Dashboard

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