OpenCage Data is a UK limited company (Reg. no. 9485974). Our VAT registration number is GB251995573.
Our registered address is 74 Cowper Crescent, Hertford SG14 3EA, United Kingdom
Prior to OpenCage, Ed was co-founder of Lokku, the company that OpenCage spun out of (see below for our story). He started his career in the early days of the internet as the first developer at yahoo.de. He has an MBA from MIT, a degree in engineering from Duke University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Weimar, Germany. Ed lives in Barcelona, where for fun he maps Sarrià/Tres Torres.
Marc Tobias is based in Münster, Germany. Before OpenCage he was the first employee at Lokku, before that he worked at Yahoo! in Silicon Valley and Munich. Prior to that he was one of the earliest members of the technical team at amazon.de. When not on the keyboard you can usually find him on a bike in the woods.
Our incredible journey
OpenCage started in 2013 as a project within Lokku, a London based company with a long history of using and supporting OpenStreetMap.
Lokku's primary product was the real estate search engine Nestoria. In building Nestoria we learned a lot about the challenges of geocoding data from around the world. We also implemented the first ever commercial use of OpenStreetMap (in 2006!), and were one of the first companies to use OpenStreetMap maps instead of Google maps.
In May 2015 Lokku was acquired by Mitula Group, we took the OpenCage project over and have run it independently ever since.
Of course our service wouldn't be possible without thousands of people and organisations worldwide who have contributed to the various open geodata projects we build upon. Thank you!
If you've read this far you may enjoy this interview Ed gave to API newsletter GET PUT POST, or this interview with Built in Perl.
We organise #geomob, the meetup of London location based service developers, where we do our best to highlight geoinnovation in all forms. If you're in London please come along to our next event.
Where does the name OpenCage Data come from?
Open data is amazing but sometimes it's also wrapped up in a metaphorical technical cage that you need to be a bit of an expert to unlock. We're doing our best to open up that metaphorical cage for you by making a very simple to use geocoder. If you have suggestions about how we can make it even simpler please let us know.
The best way to stay up to date on what we're up to is by following us on twitter or reading our blog. Besides announcing new developments to the geocoder we also use the blog to regularly publish interviews with OpenStreetMap communities around the world and various open geo data projects and services. Please get in touch if you're doing something interesting with open geo data.