The Origin of Jitsu

Peter Wysinski
Dec 2, 2020 · 3 min read

Three months ago we coded a very basic and efficient CLI event collection backend that could collect and multiplex events to your data warehouse. It got over 1,000 stars on GitHub and the number of developers deploying our software was growing 16% week over week. It was clear a lot of companies needed a tool like this, which is why we’re excited to announce we’ve raised $2M to found Jitsu, a unified, open-core platform for data integration.

As previous CTOs and founders at fast-growing startups, we primarily wrangled data from one source to another to help power company analytics. Despite so many great integration tools we ended up building event collection in-house since we cared about performance, privacy, and price. The integration problem that resonated with us is also shared with many other developers.

A company’s number one concern in data integration is security.

Businesses want to own and be in control of their user data flow from start to finish and never be locked into one cloud data warehouse provider. New regulations as GDPR and CCPA show a trend towards internal user data management and technology such as AdBlock and 3rd party cookie restrictions make a self-hosted shift inevitable. Large companies want customer insights, but don’t want to deal with the compliance pain of sending this data to third parties. With Jitsu we never store your data and you can always export your config and run us locally on your own infrastructure.

Data integration is still the number one problem analytics teams face.

Despite great tools on the market, because of their fragmentation and closed source nature, they lack flexibility and transparency with regards to data retention. The small amount of open source event collection frameworks that are available is very barebone and require connecting at a minimum five additional packages to make them work. With this kind of complexity, companies end up hiring data teams and building out these integrators in-house.

There’s a paradigm shift from pull-based collection to push-based collection.

Businesses want to integrate data at the source. There is a shift from companies integrating data at rest using tools such as Fivetran and Stitch to wanting to capture event data as it comes in. This is due to the need for more granular data to power predictive analytics and wanting real-time operational insights to drive their business. The platforms that do support push events are primarily CDPs such as Segment which require all data flowing through them to adhere to a customer data schema. These have limited connectors and lack flexibility with regards to event types.

Join us.

We are humbled by the support of Costanoa Ventures with participation from YCombinator, The House Fund, and SignalFire among other great investors. Over the next year we will publicly release our open source SaaS integrator framework and continue adding additional data destination support. We’re looking to accelerate growth by hiring and growing our open source community so we can make self hosted event collection and data integration accessible to everyone. You can join our community here and view our repository here. Jitsu was born during the pandemic and we are a 100% remote first company. We can’t wait to virtually meet you and look forward to your pull requests!

Jitsu

Jitsu (https://jitsu.com/) open-core platform for data integration.