Matthew Rathbone, CEO and founder of Beekeeper Data

Matthew Rathbone, CEO and founder of Beekeeper Data

At the Texata Summit 2015 in Austin, Beekeeper Data, a reporting and analytics startup, announced the launch of its software platform.

The company, based in Dallas with five employees, makes software that allows businesses to easily send reports to their customers via email.

Beekeeper also announced it has raised $550,000 in seed stage funding from Wisconsin Investment Partners, Serra Ventures, BrightStar Wisconsin and other investors from the Midwest. The company is also a graduate of the gener8tor Milwaukee business accelerator and started its private beta rollout in October of 2014.

Matthew Rathbone, a software engineer who previously led big data and analytics projects at, acquired by Facebook, Shoutlet, acquired by Spredfast, and Foursquare.

BeeKeeper-website-2“After manually building a spreadsheet report for the hundredth time I figured there must be a better way to share data, so I set out to build something new,” Rathbone said “We’ve worked hard to make reporting as easy as sending an email newsletter, and the reception to this approach from our customers has been fantastic.”