Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login
Palantir Pricelist (page 27) [pdf] (gsaadvantage.gov)
225 points by thebyrd 1217 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 100 comments

For folks who've never seen one of these.

132-33 - Price for a Palantir server, priced per core. $141k per core. Includes 1 year of "maintenance" (support and software upgrades).

132-34 - This is the maintenance for second year on. $28k per core.

How many users can a core support? I dunno. But let's say you can serve 50 people off of a 4-core system (you can redo the math for the number of users).

You initial purchase is $564k. Or about $11k per user.

Each year after that, if you want software updates, it'll cost you $113k or or about $2.2k per year per user.

So let's say you use the system for 3 years. That's over $15k of software per user over that time.

Plus there's training ~$2k per user. Or another $100k in training costs.

And then who knows how many hours of engineering and "ninja" services. But a CONUS (within the U.S.) FSR is billed at about $300k per year for a full-time person on staff. Let's say you need two of them to support those 50 users.

Added up for 3 years of Palantir: $1.5million

I'll let you decide if that's good value, but that works out to around $30k per user partial TCO (not including power, security, networking, local IT staff support, etc.).

I've done a bit of work with Palantir. This is basically spot on. They're really cagey about the core/user requirement in real life so I'd be comfortable in saying most customer over purchase cores. They usually staff 2-3 full time guys for every 30-50 people and the implementation takes forever. I know of more than one place that didn't have a working system a full year after purchase. Meaning the maintenance had already expired on that first year.

Your later comment about the crack model is also spot on. There's a fairly long list of disgruntled places that bought on discount and are now being hit with huge O&M maintenance fees and are looking for a way out. I think they're government customers are slowly going away.

They're starting to show up more overseas here. Palantir recently opened up a Seoul office. But how much of whatever business they get out of it is government and how much of it is commercial is anybody's guess.

Sounds... Actually doesn't sound as bad as SAP, Europe's largest software package/manufacturer for... IDK, business software. IIRC, every implementation requires you to hire half a dozen SAP engineers for a decent hourly rate just to set up the system, then keep them on to train and maintain the system.

Former SAP guy here. Yup, on the surface Palantir appears to be cheaper and more specialized. Slightly different business model - Palantir does the software/hardware/implementation whereas SAP focusing mainly on software.

"cagey" is the perfect one word description for Palantir.

I am not quite sure if even this community quite understands what Palantir is and does. Things aren't quite what they appear to be.

So what are they "really" doing?

Not that out of line for what much other enterprise software costs. A Bloomberg terminal runs about $24k/user/year:


When I was doing enterprise financial software it wasn't uncommon for contracts to run in the millions per year.

Yeah it kind of depends how you look at it. Is it specialty software that provides some critical function they can't get elsewhere? Or is it Microsoft Office, everybody gets it and it should really be like $150/seat.

I should have also added to my original post, this is their GSA schedule. For these specific line-items, the government considers this the "prenegotiated lowest price". This simplifies purchasing. So if somebody in the government wants buy another core (item 132-33) they just ring up Palantir or their GSA schedule VAR (reseller) and ask for a 132-33 volume:1 and they know that it'll cost $141k and be good for 1 year of O&M.

The downside of being on the GSA schedule is that it means that there are limits on your ability to change prices year to year to reflect a change in business environment. Say next year you want to drop the price by 50%. That's not allowed, since it would basically mean that you weren't selling your software at the lowest possible prenegotiated price. Similarly if you want to increase it, you're limited in that as well. I think the +- variance can't exceed 10% in a single 12 month period, but I might be wrong. The other downside is that this basically provides your prices in public so your competitors can see what you charge, which can be critical information in contract bids.

There's always a loophole. For example, convince your customer to not buy off of the GSA and sell them a "package" at some discount off of GSA. That "package" counts as a different SKU and the GSA doesn't apply. So for example, you could make a Palantir "starter kit" composed of

   2 core license (normally $282k)
   1 extra year of O&M maintenance for both cores (normally $56k)
   500 hours of Ninja Services @ $150/hr (normally $98k)
   500 hours of CONUS FSR Service @ $120/hr (normally $73k)
all for the grand total of $350k or some such, instead of the normal price of $510k. A $160k discount.

Any government purchaser would fall over themselves to try to make this happen since it's a >30% discount off of the normal GSA schedule prices (which they can refer to and are governed by various rules). This looks fantastic on their yearly performance eval "-saved government $160k on purchase of Palantir package deal"

This is the crack model. When the O&M runs out in two years and they come asking for more, well, there's no deal anymore, and the GSA schedule prices on O&M and people have gone up 20% in that time.

edit keep in mind that this company has raised almost a billion dollars and is valued at something like $9 billion dollars.

> raised almost a billion dollars and is valued at something like $9 billion dollars.

And now particular plans to sell or go public. This keeps all their financials private and the fact that they have to keep doing new fundraising rounds every few months does not make me think they're making money. At $9bil valuation, finding a buyer is going to be really tough.

They're a really weird company to deal with too. A bit cultish, the CEO is kind of flake the few times I've met him at their conferences. I get the impression that he's not really running the show, he's impossibly unqualified with zero history in any of the spaces they sell into and no business background of any useful type.

Their offices are nice, loads of free great food, but when people emerge from their offices for lunch it looks like they're on a death march. If you ask any of them if they like it there you'll always get a blank stare and a "I love it at Palantir, Palantir is great" answer.

Combined with the track jackets and sketchy legal history (well worth a read), it's kind of off-putting.

Can you provide a link on the last line?

They essentially defrauded their chief competitor, i2, so that they could copy their features and reverse engineer their software so Palantir's system could integrate with it.

Read the full complaint here for the juicy details: http://www.scribd.com/doc/36371667/i2-v-palantir-080910

Note that all the Palantir employees involved in this suit are still high-ranking Palantir executives.

There is also the case of the Wikileaks/HBGary fiaso; the main individual involved in that mess is still a high ranking Palantir employee as well.

eldemar is providing some of the information. I'd add some color the i2 suit.

The fraud perpetrated by Palantir was actually so organized and so bad (they set up an entirely fake front company in another state), that the suing company asked the judge for the case to be tried under RICO rules...which are basically rules put in place to fight the mafia. The judge agreed that it qualified under the law (immediately tripling any damages that would have been awarded) and Palantir settled with i2 immediately after that and the case was dropped.

Word on the street is the settlement was for an almost 9 figure sum and Palantir immediately went into another fundraising round to cover the loss and sustain operations.

The employees (all senior execs) at the center of the fraud kept their jobs but didn't show their faces in public for a couple years (they had been acting as a de facto spokespeople during trade events). They're back in the public eye now.

Yes, that's correct, Palantir is currently run by people who's activities were qualified by a judge as falling under legal guidelines setup to fight the Mob.

You can say what you want about the big defense contractors, incompetence and lobbying and all that (which Palantir does in spades and has even gotten in trouble for not disclosing some lobbying deals) but mafioso they ain't.

Some more here: http://venturebeat.com/2011/02/16/palantirs-third-black-eye-...


This isn't even touching the HBGary union busting scheme and the Bank of America anti-Wikileaks proposal. And other very anti-democratic activities.

I don't know what happened to the employee with the anti-Wikileaks deal, but the one with HBGary was the stuff of dystopian nightmares. The employee responsible was publicly terminated but actually it turns out was just sent away for a bit and then quietly either rehired or just turned back up to a job he never lost. Nobody would have ever known about this if Anonymous hadn't had a very public fight with the CEO of HBGary Federal and hacked their network to pull down some documents, revealing an ongoing 3-way partnership with Palantir).


They appear to be offering a revolving door to high level government supporters who then later become "consultants" for the company. http://www.mausstrategicconsulting.com/topical-analysis-blog...

"such as former head of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael E Leiter who had said to himself “There’s Karp with his hair and his outfit—he doesn’t look like me or the other people that work for me,” before becoming a supporter and then consultant for Palantir"

and heavy lobbying (which explains some of the bizarre support they get in congress while the generals go blue in the face arguing against them)

"It has also been active in formal political lobbying, recruiting former senators John Braux and Trent Lott, (5) with its lobbying expenditures increasing steadily from 2010 to 2013 when its total annual investment exceeded $1.1 million"

more examples http://www.republicreport.org/2014/palantir-zach-wamp/

I've heard rumors that even the CIA is trying to distance themselves from them and find alternatives.

I'm always surprised how cheap it is to buy politicians. I would expect a company like Palantir to spend much more than 1.1 million on lobbying. Does anybody know how much the 'consultancy fees' to former government officials are in total?

If you think Palantir spends a lot on lobbying, check out how much Boeing, Lockheed, and other multi-billion dollar contracting companies spend on lobbying. $1.1mm is probably what they spend on food in a month.

Read my comment again. I think Palantir spends very little on lobbying, not a lot.

I would assume they wouldn't need to lobby since there's probably no competition or no required item appropriations for what it is they do. Any advocacy would probably be directly to agency consumers and there's no explicit lobbying involved (although there may be something to be said about the revolving door quid pro quo between government/private sector).

Heh, if anybody does, please make a spot market website, to see what it costs to buy at which level and in which political camp.

I was involved in a Oracle Financials implemention a few years ago. Forget about the Oracle part... the IBM/Tivoli garbage used to monitor the IT systems cost about $1M in licensing alone!

They sure have chosen their preferred client industries of Government and Financial Services wisely then. Those industries (a) are accustomed to paying that much for their technology, and (b) are very unlikely to leave your platform once you start using your wares, since the difficulty of getting them as a customer in the first place (and how slow they move and how much paperwork / due diligence is required) directly translates to difficulty for them to move off of your system.


there's a fair amount of vendor lock-in in this space as well and Palantir is pretty good at it. They talk quite a bit about open standards and what not. But moving off of their platform and onto one of the competing ones is basically impossible.

They've done a fantastic job at disrupting the link-chart market (which is surprisingly robust) and making it seem like customers are buying something else, but at 2-3x the price of the competition. They hide their sales guys as "forward deployed engineers" and obfuscate their sales process to the point where it doesn't seem like you've ever dealt with the kind of sketchy enterprise sales goon you'd deal with from any of their competitors.

They're very smart.

I'm not comfortable going one way or another on Palantir, but...

> They hide their sales guys as "forward deployed engineers" and obfuscate their sales process to the point where it doesn't seem like you've ever dealt with the kind of sketchy enterprise sales goon you'd deal with from any of their competitors.

Really? I've known a couple of forward deployed engineers there, and I assure you, they're not salespeople.

Here's a long thread on just this topic here on Hacker News. One of their senior engineers jumped in to "clarify". It's worth reading the entire exchange.


I think these days they've deobfuscated the roles a bit. But back during this discussion, they were definitely hiring and mixing in sales people with their "deployed" engineers. Most of these guys would probably be sales engineers somewhere else, relegated to a life of doing canned demos for commission scraps.

It's actually kind of smart from a sales POV, embed your sales guy in the government site, call them engineers and let them have unlimited upsell opportunities.

You've basically tricked your customer to put one of your sales guys on staff.

From a customer POV, when you figure out the guy your paying $300k/yr to have on-site is just triaging issues and calling in real engineers to spot shoot issues, then spending their downtime trying to sell more software inside your organization it's kind of irritating.

I worked at Palantir for a number of years, and was heavily involved the hiring of Forward Deployed Engineers. The vast majority of FDEs did serious software development. There are only a few people I can think of who were not engineers, and their presence on deployments had to do with the alignment between their analytical background and the customer's focus.

The FDE's shouldn't have been doing any core software development unless it was some kind of bespoke one-off code, some kind of helper app for a specific SAP program or something, and that software, code and all, now belongs to the government.

They should have been doing implementation and FSR duties. If they were doing core product development while on Federal Contract, the government owns that software now. If it hasn't been turned over, source and all, it could be grounds for an IG investigation.

That is very serious stuff, so I hope you can qualify what you mean by "serious software development".

As for FDE's doing sales, just look at the current job openings. The BD team is full of FDE openings. What exactly do you think those FDEs do on the sales team?

Since everybody who touches the customer has the same title (except for Mission Specialists), it's easy for Palantir to start a deployment with non-sales FDE's, then swap them out for sales FDE's and start working the organization.

It's sketchy, but it's super smart if they're careful about it.

The thread is interesting. I do wonder if these reports are outdated, though. The people I know with that job title don't do sales. And I've met a few of them by now.

No, it's still current. If you take a peek at their careers page and look on the Business Development Team (that's the sales and partnership team) openings, it's chock full of Forward Deployed Engineer positions.

Huh, alright. You make a strong case. I guess it's not exactly a surprise, but I'm still a bit disappointed.

Not all FDEs are the same. It so happens that many of the FDEs do the selling aspect as well as implementation.

If true, then fine. I've not yet met one who sells, though.

I am not sure I see the brilliance in their actions. It's rather expected. Not only is what you described true, but government and finance are also the main two sectors that are most interested in violating and usurping through unfair advantage and full spectrum tracking and monitoring.

Navigating enterprise sales cycles is a giant pain but man is it profitable compared to the latest social startup du jour.

And not just enterprise sales but GSA Schedule sales, which is even more hoops to jump through but there is a huge payoff if you become a government vendor. It's not free money or anything, they're a tough customer, but you won't go broke doing it ;)

Thanks for breaking that down. I was looking cluelessly at the price sheet for the actual prices.

The question I am asking is, do they really have the demand to make $1.5million a customer pay (or look like one day it could pay) for their expenses?

My guess is your estimates are really conservative.

The alternative to Palantir - an alternative enterprise bespoke system or one built by the companies' or Gov's IT department - costs a whole lot more (25x) and often doesn't work! Palantir is a great value.

I presume you're talking about the DCGS-A system. Palantir has done an expert level job confusing the public on this.

That system definitely has problems (it's terrible and sucks in many places), but it's a system of much larger capability and complexity than Palantir.

Comparing Palantir to it is like comparing a wheel to a an entire transport system. Palantir could comfortably fit in as a single capabilty in DCGS-A (and probably do a better job than the stuff currently filling in that role), but it could never replace it.

It's basically just a federated search, mediocre map and halfway decent link-analysis tool. But ask it to do anything even remotely outside of those three things and you're basically dead in the water as it doesn't offer anything relevant to all the other millions of things DCGS-A provides. DCGS-A is more than just some analytic tools.

The reason it's not part of DCGS-A is very political and complex and as much Palantir's doing as the Army's, but the answer is that the components that are on DCGS-A that basically do what Palantir does were selected because they're cheaper over the long run, even if a bit clunky. For example, on the client side, there's presently a forward looking mandate from big Army to drop flash and java clients (because they're an IT administrative menace). Palantir's front end is Java.

> there's presently a forward looking mandate from big Army to drop flash and java clients

I would feel way safer if the IC & military disabled Flash & Java in their browsers, along with the rest of the web. Those two plugins have shaped up to be quite the vehicles for zero-days.

All right in line with just about any sort of "Enterprise" software. Training and implementation services are downright cheap. Maintenance is the standard 20%.

The last big vendor PO I had to look at put every professional services line item at $300-360/hr with $320 being about average.

Also Palantir's software actually does something more challenging than a lot of enterprise software.

People should go and see what small packages from Oracle, HP, Tibco & IBM cost. It's incredible.

Funny you should mention that. Palantir's main competition in the governmeent, i2, is now IBM.

i2 was selling their software at some fraction of Palantir's and in the DoD space it's basically as ubiquitous as Microsoft Office. Palantir is everywhere, but it doesn't end up being used nearly as much.

Yep, absolutely. This is a perfectly reasonable price for good enterprise software that actually adds value to an organization. (God, I feel like a middle manager just by typing that...).

My company spends tens of millions per year on some really awful enterprise software unfortunately.

Favourite part: "Palantir is in no way affiliated with, or endorsed or sponsored by, The Saul Zaentz Company d.b.a. Tolkien Enterprises or the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien."

Funny, but necessary. The Zaentz company is notoriously litigious. From Zaentz' Wikipedia article: "In 2011, Zaentz's company began several legal actions against small businesses in the UK to enforce their "Hobbit" trade mark, including the Hungry Hobbit cafe in Sarehole, near Birmingham[13][14] and a pub in Southampton, England, which had traded as The Hobbit for twenty years.[15] This raised the ire of many British correspondents such as Stephen Fry, who described it as "pointless, self-defeating bullying."

As a somewhat frequent visitor to The Hobbit in Southampton, the litigation is laaaame.

Do not confuse the GSA schedule with actual implementation cost (or TCO as mentioned below). The prices are a starting point and as with any relationship, they can (and will, if the buyer is smart) be negotiated.

Source: sold & implemented alot of software for the gubbmint.

Agencies can browse GSA Advantage! by accessing the Internet World Wide Web utilizing a browser (ex.: NetScape)

You can't do diddly with an off the shelf install. They get you on the Implementation Ninjas and Support.

Their implementation periods are horrendous. Their marketing speak and sales drones make it sound like a turnkey appliance...like you just drop it in, point it to your database URLS and you're now playing with knowledge management. But in practice there's months of custom backend Java development (the entire tech stack is Java 1.6 or something horrible) to build the connectors and map the data into their backend, then months of ontology management meetings to build up the one-true-model (TM) for all your enterprise needs.

Then months and months of post deployment tweaking and continuous work to keep the system alive and fix issues when some of the data sources change schemas or something.

I've heard things like average time from purchase to full deployment is something like 9 months. But from my time dealing with them I think it's much longer.

That is simply FUD – Palantir guarantees to customers that their software is working within 90 days AND has generated results. They offer a refund if not. Their homepage said this for a while!

Well, feel free to buy a core and let me know how long it takes before you're up and running. Having been on the inside during 3 of their deployments, and on the outside of 2 more, I can definitely say 90 days is wildly optimistic.

edit never mind, after reviewing your comment history, it looks like you probably work for Palantir. You should probably disclose that. I stand by my comments about deployment times.

I think they get you on the off the shelf price too..

$150k/core...say you run it on a cluster of relatively puny machines ...($150k * 4 cores) on a 4 node cluster is already above $2m.

So what exactly do you get for those prices? Some data munging and analytics? Just hire a few data scientists and give them a map/reduce cluster. But this is the government so that might be more expensive than forking over the cash to Palantir.

> Just hire a few data scientists and give them a map/reduce cluster

That's exactly what Palantir is... companies like (SAP/Oracle)+(Accenture/Deloitte/IBM) can't compete with this since the "Just hire a few data scientists" talent is near impossible to attract without the sexiness of a company like Palantir. Palantir packages the whole thing up in a nice bow. Having spent a lot of time in enterprise software (mainly SAP), Palantir's value proposition is extremely attractive to BigGov and BigCo, with largely a higher rate of success and lower cost.

It's less automated data analytics and more chart drawing and semantic knowledge base management tied to a federated search system.

Their principle competitor is http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/analysts-notebook

They used to have a free trial you could run via java webstart on their website, but they've taken it down.

Here's a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f86VKjFSMJE

It's big data in the sense that using google's search box is big data. But from my time using their demo a couple years ago, the actual tool is fairly small in focus. I don't even think the chart view can show more than a few hundred things.

It's still up: https://analyzethe.us/

Oh okay cool. That's a different demo. The old one was Operation Tradewinds or something.

Tradestop is what you're thinking of.

Interesting, it looks a lot like Maltego.

That's interesting, do you have a source on that? I got into using yEd recently and was struck with how similar it seemed to tools like Palantir. It seems like something like yEd or other graphing tools are only a couple sprints from basically doing the same thing...at least from the user/client side.

Just hire a few data scientists and give them a map/reduce cluster.

Umm, a bit of shell scripting may also be required.

was this link not meant for the public? getting a 404 now.

mirror: http://web.archive.org/web/20140916215429/https://www.gsaadv...

132-51 | IMS | Implementation Ninja Services

If you read between the lines, notice how the "Palantir Gotham Appliance" for 151,042.82 includes "Palantir recommended...database software licenses."

I would bet Oracle (or MS/IBM) is getting a hefty chunk of that.

Yeah but it's only $10k a core more. This job posting lists Oracle and PostgeSQL:


I think it is Postgres.

132-51 CONS CONUS FSR Support hourly rate. CONUS rates will be billed for Services performed outside the continental U.S. unless in a warzone. Normal business hours are defined as an 8-hour work day (rate is 15% more outside of normal business hours). $ 146.60

132-51 OCONS OCONUS FSR Support hourly rate. OCONUS rates will be billed for Services performed in a warzone. Normal business hours are defined as a 12-hour work day (rate is 15% more outside of normal business hours). $ 195.47

I'm actually surprised how cheap their OCONUS warzone rates are. Many contractors will pay hazardous bonuses, time in theater bonuses and living condition bonuses on top of the CONUS base pay. Added up it can far exceed this kind of rate.

But this is probably helpful for people getting into consulting to see what hourly rates are for this kind of work. In my experience these rates are actually fairly cheap. I'm used to seeing $170-200 for most things billed to the government.

But I've also heard Palantir has fairly conservative pay caps, that might account for the low rates.

What's a "time in theater" bonus? Never heard of the term & can't find it on Google either.

It's a bonus paid after spending n months in a warzone.

e.g. After 4 calendar months, $5000, after 8, $10,000.

Hazard pay is usually some percentage on top of base pay and if you're "lucky" and qualify for "living condition pay" it's another percentage on top of that. I have some associates here in the D.C. area that tell me at the height of the Iraq War they were pulling down ~$300k/yr all added up, on base salaries of $80-90k.

How do they get such precise prices? If I was selling something for 140k, I would sell it for 140k. But they sell it for $141,015.42.

It's GSA price. My guess is the retail price is somewhat rounder, and after tax and other specific discounts it comes down to that.

Strictly speaking, being on the GSA schedule and being able to offer products/services for sale to the federal government requires that you not sell that product/service anywhere else for less than that GSA price.

This is actually one of the reasons that doing business with the government is less lucrative than the commercial industry (for products and services which are comparable, many are things only sold to the government, so there is no hesitation about pricing them through the roof).

As you can imagine, one of the ways that duplicitous federal contractors get around the idea of having to sell to the government for less than their normal prices is to structure their products/services as different (and therefore not apples to apples comparable).

I still would bet that the price that they charge Goldman Sachs (just as an example, I don't actually know which investment banks are using their product) is higher than what they charge for any individual government client.

Also, I think it's probably worth noting that the maximum addressable customer base for their products for federal agencies is way smaller than the equivalent number of financial customers. There's really only a handful of agencies that have this capability (I'd guess more than a handful, but probably less than a dozen).

Yes: GSA prices are IIRC the result of a pro-forma (and totally BS) discounting process.

So Palantir is hiring if you have a clearance :-). Time to get your tax dollars back. Looks like SAIC all over again.

You don't need a clearance. We have large commercial deployments.

I did some consulting work with the NYPD and heard you guys also have some deployments with them and other large police forces. Those are nice non-clearance, but cool, jobs as well.

I do.

All big organizations do bad things in specific cases and have problems that need to be addressed - the NYPD is no different. For every one of these examples I can point to a hundred cases where some officer put their life on the line to do their job and help do their part to make NYC a decent place to live.

To give you an idea of how big the NYPD is as an organization, it's about a third larger than the active duty Army of Australia.

My couple times working with them showed most of the officers I encountered to be genuinely concerned about their city and a strong desire to do a good and fair job.

And yes of course there's lots of rallying together and supporting each other, even when that support often doesn't make sense to an outsider. But they really don't have anybody else they can rely on for their safety and support. And they take enormous flak and disrespect from the public on a daily basis for pretty much exercising any aspect of their function.

But as a large police force, the NYPD is basically a model for other large municiple forces and are heads and tails above deeply problematic large forces like the LAPD.

This conversation is totally beside any point, but stop-and-frisk has happened over 5 million times since 2002 (9 out of 10 leading to nothing), and a community of thousands were monitored based on their religion over a period of years, although it never generated a single lead.

>For every one of these examples I can point to a hundred cases where some officer put their life on the line to do their job and help do their part to make NYC a decent place to live.

Over 500 million times?


For every one of these examples I can point to a hundred cases where some officer put their life on the line to do their job and help do their part to make NYC a decent place to live.

You're changing the subject. The point is, everyone who has lived here for a significant amount of time (and who doesn't have their head in the sand) knows, from direct experience, how profoundly dysfunctional (and disturbingly corrupt) the NYPD is, from the top down.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Schoolcraft

No you're right, the NYPD definitely has its share of problems. Like any police force it needs to be monitored and held accountable. I think both of those functions have not been sufficiently used on the force.

I disagree that they're a dysfunctional and corrupt organization from the top-down. They aren't free from blame, but they aren't some mob of uniformed gangsters either.

The basic issue is for years, the NYPD has aggressively fended off most efforts to make it more accountable and transparent (it's generally known that its "Internal Affairs" department is something of a joke, for example).

That may place it much further along the spectrum towards a "mob-like" organization than you would be comfortable admitting.

Well if we're just going to compare one-sided views:


Archived version of this file on the Internet Archive.


pretty affordable compared to most enterprise software packages

"per core"

with 90 days warranty :) Can it rot?

Anyway, from their Gotham page https://www.palantir.com/palantir-gotham/

"Working closely with the customer, our engineers integrate and map all of the relevant source data—regardless of type or volume—into a single, coherent model.


Once the model has been created, data flows continuously from its sources into the Palantir Gotham platform.


They can search across all of their data sources at once, visualize relationships, explore divergent hypotheses, discover unknown connections, "

Pretty much my 2009 pitch, and in the hindsight i see that my main weakness was that i couldn't even imagine $150K/core. Man, it is imagination what separates losers from winners! :)

> it is imagination what separates losers from winners! :)

Imagination and lucrative government contracts.

And a billion dollars that was used to pay off a competitor after stealing their technology.

kdb, a database engine I consider extremely simple compared to Palantir costs $50k/yr/core.

simple but competent for time series. and the 32-bit version is at least available for free now.

Pretty affordable considering many other things on the GSA don't work once you buy them!

Luckily for Palantir whether or not it works is classified. I have my doubts. I'm sure it "works", but I'm also sure it's a giant waste of money and Americans are not safer because we're funneling millions of dollars to Palantir.

I messed around with the demo they used to have on their website. It seems to be very much an answer to the 9-11 failure to connect the dots problem.

Unify search, build semantic links.

It was a very manually intensive tool based on what I saw. Very little automation, more like those pictures and strings you see in crime shows on TV...but on a computer.

Can't access gsaadvantage.gov via Tor. hmm

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact