Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first chief technology officer, has started a new venture

Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first chief technology officer who stepped down to run an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia, is now the co-founder of an Arlington-based data and analytics company.

Founded last October, Hunch Analytics crunches public and private data to help executives and industry leaders in health care, education and energy to make smarter business decisions, according to the start-up’s Web site.

“Our proprietary algorithms and decision-engines are built by mashing up public and private databases to help organizations optimize productivity and profitability,” the site states.

Details about the company are scarce beyond what’s stated on its Web site and on social networks. Chopra declined to comment for this story, saying in an e-mail that Hunch Analytics is still in “stealth mode.”

Chopra is best known as President Obama’s pick to serve as the nation’s first chief technology officer. From May 2009 to February 2012, Chopra oversaw a number of White House initiatives designed to improve the government’s policies on such issues as access to government data and broadband Internet.

Chopra stepped down to run for lieutenant governor in Virginia, a state where he previously served as the secretary of technology under then-Gov. Tim Kaine. He lost the Democratic primary to Ralph Northam.

This isn’t Chopra’s first private-sector foray. He served for a number of years as managing director at District-based Advisory Board and returned as a senior adviser in 2012.

Dan Ross, a former managing director at Reston-based Claraview, is also listed as co-founder and executive vice president at Hunch Analytics, according to LinkedIn. Ross’s profile also lists him as president of Equate Analytics, a data-driven marketing firm created at the same time as Hunch Analytics. Ross declined comment for this story.

The privately funded firm is currently hiring. Openings for technical positions, including a software engineer, Web traffic analyst and quantitative data analyst, are posted on its Web site.

“Our business is driven by a culture of creativity, metrics and automation. We seek team members who value independent thinking and are willing to take risks and make decisions quickly, measure the results of their decisions religiously and act on those results decisively,” the Web site states.

Steven Overly covers the business of technology, biotechnology and venture capital in the Washington region for The Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication. In that capacity, he has written about start-up struggles, investment trends and major drug discoveries.
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