NEW YORK, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Thasos, an alternative data intelligence firm that transforms real-time locations from mobile phones into objective and actionable insights, today announced the launch of its real-time foot traffic product, QStreams. Developed specifically for quantitative hedge funds, QStreams is the most comprehensive dataset available that is based on high-quality mobile phone location data. Thasos has partnered with Battle of the Quants to make QStreams available free of charge for a limited time via an exclusive beta program starting May 21, 2019.
A superset of Thasos products, QStreams provides subscribers with daily customer visitation and other fundamental metrics for every individual store, restaurant, factory, or other location owned or operated by more than 480 companies — over 600,000 properties across the United States — with nearly four years of history. While the product covers companies in every sector — from Walmart and Chipotle to Tesla and Campbell's Soup — the retail and REIT segments represent every U.S. public company with more than $50 million in market capitalization and a meaningful brick-and-mortar presence.
QStreams and other Thasos products derive information from the most powerful source of real-time data available today for measuring and forecasting economic activity across business sectors: geolocation information from over five billion phones worldwide.
"Mobile data has a well-justified reputation for being noisy and challenging to work with, but that's precisely what makes QStreams so novel — the combined level of quality and coverage is unprecedented," said John Collins, Thasos Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer. "By partnering with Battle of the Quants and allowing fund managers to help shape the product through the beta program, we're offering the first data product built by quants for quants."
The more than 480 companies whose data is captured by QStreams, include:
Express Inc (EXPR) Foot Locker Inc (FL) L Brands Inc (LB) The Gap Inc (GPS) The TJX Companies Inc (TJX)
Offering QStreams to emerging quantitative hedge funds through the beta program gives those without a significant data budget an opportunity to participate before the product is later released through Thasos' channel partners.
The three-month beta program will give hedge funds with under $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) complete access to the live QStreams data at no cost. Through regular communications with Thasos, participants will provide feedback that helps to refine the QStreams product. The program will only be available to those emerging hedge funds attending the Battle of the Quants conference happening in New York City from May 21 to May 22, 2019. In its 12th year, the conference is a must-attend industry event bringing together quantitative hedge funds, asset allocators and academia to explore and discuss the critical issues confronting the quantitative approach to finance. All hedge funds interested in participating in the exclusive beta program must register through Battle of the Quants.
"Battle of the Quants was launched to directly address the unique challenges and opportunities facing the quantitative hedge fund industry, and Thasos is now doing the same thing with QStreams," said Bartt Kellerman, Founder of Battle of the Quants, and Founder and CEO of Global Capital Acquisition. "Having spent many years in the hedge fund industry, I think we have a good sense of when a product is unique and worthwhile. QStreams and the Thasos beta program are truly an exceptional offering that can help bring emerging quant hedge funds to the next level."
Thasos is an award-winning alternative data intelligence firm based in New York City. Founded in 2011, Thasos transforms real-time location pings from mobile phones into objective and actionable information on the performance of businesses, markets, and economies worldwide. Clients include institutional investors and commercial real estate firms, who receive daily customer visitation and related customer attributes for thousands of properties linked to private and publicly traded companies across the U.S.
Thasos' management, investors and advisors are a who's who of data scientists, hedge fund executives and academics, including PDT Co-Founder Ken Nickerson, Acadian Asset Management Founder Gary Bergstrom, MIT Media Lab Co-Creator Sandy Pentland and Andrew Lo, Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management.