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Kyle Harrison

September 14, 2022


Every company represents a story. While Contrary has traditionally focused on people leading up to company formation and through the early life of a young startup, the technology and markets also tell stories fundamental to each iconic business.

In this spirit, we've launched a new initiative to better understand and communicate the bigger picture of every private company: Contrary Research.

Contrary Research is central hub for thoughtful analysis of the world's fastest-growing technology companies. We do the hard work of bringing disparate insights together in a clear and concise way to help you better understand companies that are otherwise hard to dig into.

We touch on all types of technology companies, because their stories so often weave together: public, private, early and late stage, hardware, software, and everything in between. But as our content base develops, private technology companies will continue to be the focus.

So whether you're a founder, investor, operator, journalist, limited partner, or just a tech fan, Contrary Research is your home for understanding any private technology company.

To build out Contrary Research we’re excited to announce two new additions to the Contrary team. Abdullah Al-Rezwan has joined as Director of Research and Francis Odum has joined us as a Research Analyst.

Some of you may know Abdullah as Mostly Borrowed Ideas on Twitter. After spending a few years in the investing world Abdullah founded MBI Deep Dives where he provides in-depth research on a different company every month. He’s covered companies like Uber, Etsy, Shopify, and Crowdstrike. As a long-time Twitter friend, we stumbled into a conversation about the importance of private market research alongside public company research, and I knew we simply had to find a way to work together.

Francis started his career as a product manager working on data and ML tools. He became so enamored by the intersection of technology and business strategy that he founded InvestiAnalyst to share research coverage of companies like Datadog and Snowflake. With an in-the-trenches operating background, Francis elegantly approaches research from a technology-first perspective, and has been instrumental getting Contrary Research off the ground.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Abdullah and Francis helping us build Contrary Research!

To learn more about Contrary Research, check out our new website and subscribe or follow us on Twitter to get the latest private market insights.

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