Jignesh Patel

UW-Madison startup lets businesses ‘chat’ with their data

Jignesh Patel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison computer scientist, wants to make understanding data like turning on lights in a house.

You shouldn’t need an electrical engineer on hand for a bulb to illuminate after flipping a switch. Nor should the manager of a business need a coder on hand to get answers to simple data-oriented questions.

That’s why Patel and Rogers Jeffrey Leo John, a recent UW-Madison computer science graduate student, founded DataChat. The 18-month-old startup promises to let decision makers without technical expertise have a “conversation” with data.