Chicago-based Narrative Science, which raised a $6 million round about 18 months ago, has pulled in more than $20 million since it was founded in 2010. Other investors include Battery Ventures and Northwestern University. The company, which traces its roots to the intelligent information laboratory at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, got its start by turning data, such as sports scores, into newspaper stories. But it has found a broader market in turning other information, such as financial or intelligence data, into narrative reports.
Reporting with robots. It is also a bit like having a computer scan your email and summarize it for you. It is an idea whose time will come, but I still like to think that you need humans to write prose that will move you.