Latvian-created online plugin popular worldwide

Mārtiņš Balodis completed his studies at university and immediately founded the information technology company WebScraper, now used by 350 000 people worldwide. The company offers customers an automated way to obtain data from different home pages, Latvian Television reported on July 9.

“We are developing solutions that allow data to be collected from home pages in an automated way. This tool visits the home pages, goes through them, and then the user gets the data in a table format," explained WebScraper founder Martins Balodis.

Programmer Martins Balodis created the company in 2017, and most of his clients are different U.S. information-technology (IT) companies.

“The main users are different IT companies that offer services based on Internet data. For example, price comparison, flight search. There are people who are interested in this data to analyze market fluctuations or to look for any special price offers, such as the real estate market or auto market, or shares,” Balodis said.

It is a free service used by 350 000 people worldwide.

“The start was not easy, there was a $200 a month turnover, now it is 25,000. That's quite the difference,” Mārtiņš Balodis said.

His company has virtually no customers in Latvia, but within two years he has managed to find interests for his product everywhere in the world.

He has shown that it doesn't matter where you live and build a business - the service reaches customers wherever needed.

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