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Recently, Tamr joined The Board Challenge as a Pledge Partner. This means we are commiting to add at least one Black director to Tamr’s Board of Directors in the next twelve months. Black leaders are significantly under-represented in America’s boardrooms, including ours. It’s time to accelerate change and set an example for others.

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At Tamr, we are resolute about the need to promote diversity throughout our company, management team and board of directors. The makeup of people at Tamr, and those in its board of directors, should reflect the makeup of the communities we serve and we are committed to driving this change. Joining The Board Challenge pledge is a critical step to strengthen Tamr as a company. …


As any Founder knows (or should know), intellectual property can protect your valuable ideas from competitors. A little over a year ago at Tamr Karen Cambray (our CFO and Head of Operations) brought in a boutique IP law firm, Panitch Schwarze to help us grow our patent and trademark portfolio. Karen had worked with Panitch Schwarze at a previous successful startup and recommended them based on her positive experience.

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John D. Simmons and Clark A. Jablon along with the rest of the team from Panitch Schwarze have blown us away with the results they are now delivering. We will have five newly granted patents this year alone, and we have nine more applications currently pending. One of the recently granted patents on some of our newest and most forward-thinking technology was filed in July 2020 and allowed by the Patent Office in October 2020! …


A few days ago, I had the honor to share the stage with two friends and fellow entrepreneurs: John Evans @ Beam Therapeutics & Mike Salguero @ ButcherBox. I’d like to recognize them for their amazing achievement as Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Award winners.

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Mike is a true entrepreneur to his core — he and I both frequent Henrietta’s Table and when he started ButcherBox in Harvard Square I was lucky enough to see him almost every week. …


I often say “startups come and go but the relationships between great startup people persist.” My good friend and trusted colleague Nick Malfroy-Camine is the embodiment of this spirit.

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no fear of a bad beard

At Tamr over the past 6+ years Nick aka “Muscles” has been a core member of our engineering and leadership team. He has built great software but more importantly — he’s been at the core of building an incredible culture of trust, hard work and fun. Muscles is truly someone that embodies our spirit of professional development @ Tamr — having coached many Tamrs not only on how to build great software quickly — but also how to role model the core values @ Tamr in the process. I will miss the excuse to see Muscles on a daily basis at Tamr — but know that he will always be one of my closest friends and most trusted colleagues. …


This article originally appeared on the Tamr Blog.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems promised enterprises that it would make it easier to do business. Instead, enterprises got an information hegemony that today does anything but.

The idea was that the systems would track resources and business commitments in real-time, consolidating activities and data for critical business functions like procurement, sales and payroll on a centralized, common platform (and database).

In his seminal article (1998) on ERP systems in the Harvard Business Review (“Putting the Enterprise in Enterprise Systems”), Tom Davenport cautioned “An enterprise system imposes its own logic on a company’s strategy, culture and organization…Enterprise systems can deliver great rewards, but the risks they carry are equally great.” …


This post was written in conjunction with Nik Bates-Haus; Nabil Hachem, Ph.D.; Matt Holzapfel; and Mark Marinelli of Tamr, Inc.

Data variety — the middle child of the three Vs of Big Data — is in big trouble.

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It’s in the critical path of enterprise data becoming an asset. And it’s been slow to benefit from the kind of technology advancements experienced by its “easier” siblings, data volume and data velocity.

Meanwhile, most enterprises have unconsciously built up extreme data variety over the last 50+ years. So extreme that people at large enterprises may not even realize how much variety they actually have until they are elbows-deep in a data-integration project or high-profile strategic-analytics initiative. …


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Carta recently announced their latest milestone — a massively successful Series E financing that includes Marc Andreessen joining the Carta board. In true Carta style — they also reminded us of the post on their Series A Pitch Deck.

I’m thrilled for the entire team @ Carta and thankful for my friendship with Henry.

Not only is Henry an exceptional entrepreneur and wildly successful — but he is an exceptional human being. Henry is a powerful role model for young entrepreneurs.

I’m truly honored to consider Henry a friend and appreciate his advice and partnership at Carta, Koa Labs & Tamr. Congrats to the entire Carta team on a huge milestone.


I’m going to miss Dr. Robert Binswanger aka “Dr. B.” His obituary is here.

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Robert was my best friend’s Dad, my teacher, my friend and perhaps most importantly my role model for a great sense of humor.

From Hanover, NH to Rockland, ME to Austin, TX — wherever the Binswangers were congregating — the Palmers would follow.

One of our best memories is campaigning for Barak Obama in Green Bay, WI with my daughter Morgan, Josh Binswanger, Robert and a cast of other crazy characters.

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Morgan P. Campaigning with “Dr. B.” in Green Bay WI

Robert and Penny always made us felt like family and in the process — they helped shape our family. We will miss you guys and it makes us happy to know that Robert and Penny are together, looking down, laughing hard at all of us.


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Over the past 20+ years I’ve had the chance to work with many great people. I’ve also been privileged to work with many humble people. There are a rare few partners who are both great and humble — Ted Snyder is one of the rare few.

I started working with Ted and two of his Bowdoin 2000 classmates (John Walker & Micah San Antonio)back in early 2000 — they had a startup idea (BeamThis) and I convinced them to work with me on a startup called Bowstreet instead. Their idea was strong but a bit early — great mobile app idea that was a bit ahead of it’s time. …


At Tamr we spend a lot of time cleaning up dirty data. Often this work requires mastering key types of entities (people, customers, suppliers, products, etc). Much of the work we do with the Global 2000 is very similar to what the large internet companies do every day to make the web more searchable/accessible — my favorite example is when you search for JJ Abrams on Google you get the amazing writer/director/producer (my hero). …

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