Edit: Akiban has reached out to me after this post and told me a number of my guesses about them are wrong. Stay tuned.
Further edit: I’ve now posted again about Akiban, this time based on actually talking with the company.
Stealth company Akiba has renamed itself Akiban and posted what they call a “five-minute” video.* Apparently, the idea is to improve analytic query performance by denormalizing your data structure. I have no idea how this is different from denormalizing your data model in your existing DBMS, but I’ll admit to fast forwarding through the slides rather than listening to whatever the audio said.
*It’s actually 7:59 long, but who said DBMS developers should ever be believed about anything to do with schedules?
I do know one favorable thing about Akiban/Akiba, which is that Dan Weinreb is or was involved with them in some kind of angel/advisory capacity. Beyond that, all I know is that they’re in the analytic DBMS business, they’ve posted a video, they’re located in the Boston area, and they probably want people to believe that their extreme stealthiness is a sign of self-importance.
Well, there’s also what one can see on LinkedIn.