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SkyGrid Invitations! Come & Get ‘em at Trader’s Narrative

For most, the constant flood of real time news can be overwhelming. There are already many sites which aggregate news, categorizing and organizing them into more manageable streams. For the past week I’ve been using an invitation only financial news service called SkyGrid that does this and much more.

Behind the constantly updating headlines delivered by SkyGrid is a sophisticated set of algorithms that not only check for reputation and relevance of the source but also measure the sentiment expressed in the article. SkyGrid then categorizes the news as either red (negative), green (positive) or grey (neutral). So with a glance you can tell what the prevalent news is for a company or sector. Here’s a recent screenshot:

skygrid screenshot

The user interface, with its clear and intuitive layout, is reminiscent of a Bloomberg terminal. You can filter the stream of real time news to blogs, mainstream news sources, EDGAR, etc. You can also add specific sectors as well as do a search for any public company by typing in its name or symbol.

SkyGrid was founded by Kevin Pomplun in 2005 and later attracted VC funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, RRE Ventures, BlackRock, and Esther Dyson. Pomplun says that he started Skygrid because “If you looked at the information landscape prior to the Internet, it was manageable. But with the explosion of content you had a fire hose of data that is hard to digest, and people needed a way to filter it.”

Until recently, SkyGrid cost $6000/year (or $500/monthly subscription). Their business model has changed to an advertising supported model, so they are now offering the same product for free. But they are limiting accounts to invitations exclusively. You can request one at their site but who knows how long it will take for them to respond and send you access.

As a gift to my readers, I’ve finagled a limited number of SkyGrid invitations. I would like to ask that as a courtesy, you only take the invitations if you intend to use the service and provide feedback to the SkyGrid team. This is a free service so earn some good karma by sending them an email after you take their baby for a spin (there is a huge feedback button on the top right of the screen once you login).

If this isn’t something you’re interested in, then take a pass or pass it on to someone who is because if the other invitation offers on other blogs is an indication, these will go fast. Click here for the SkyGrid invites (all gone!).

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11 Responses to “SkyGrid Invitations! Come & Get ‘em”  

  1. 1 Dave


    Thank you

  2. 2 bob j


    I would like to use it.


  3. 3 Babak

    Dave, you’re welcome :-)

    bob, go ahead and click on the invites link above.

  4. 4 Larry M.

    Thanks Bob,

    I received my credentials last night (sat). When I’ve tried to log in to Skygrid, about 10 times, I get the error message that it doesn’t recognize my credentials. That would be email address and the password they’ve assigned me. Just wondering if anyone else had the same problem? I would really like to use it.

  5. 5 Babak

    There’s also FirstRain - but unlike SkyGrid, it isn’t free as far as I can tell.

  6. 6 akreitman

    How does SkyGrid compare to of a bloomberg subscription?

  7. 7 Paul

    This is a great tool although it does not always display a time stamp. I appreciate this very much, Babak.

  8. 8 David

    I really appreciate it Babak. This plus the information available on the website makes it a very valuable resource. Thanks tons.


  9. 9 Alex, SkyGrid Team

    Hey Larry M -

    Yes, our apologies for the confusion. We were experiencing some minor difficulties with our password generation system over the weekend, though things should be sorted now! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

    SkyGrid Team

  10. 10 Babak

    akreitman, they’re different products really - the best way to find out is to give it a whirl.

    Paul, the articles do have a timestamp but they could add it to the mainpage where the headline is listed - that’s a suggestion for the SkyGrid team so fwd it to them.

    David, you’re welcome.

    Alex, thanks for dropping by and keeping a watch :-)

  11. 11 Babak

    Invites all gone in less than 3 days! Told you they would go fast ;-)

    For those that snatched them up in time, enjoy! and remember to give your feedback to the SkyGrid team.

    If you didn’t get any, try your luck at my latest giveaway (worth more than $1000).

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