Back in 2013, a company named EverythingMe was facing all the preceding challenges and yearned for a tool that would have an ideal set of features and fit in with our well-established data-driven culture.
After trying several legacy BI suites, a decision was made to create an easier, more collaborative, and faster tool having JSFiddle as inspiration.
These conditions stimulated the creation of Redash to target those requirements.
Redash was created during a hackathon by Arik Fraimovich, who then became the founder and lead developer of Redash.
While initially built to allow rapidly querying and visualizing data from Amazon Redshift (hence the name Re:Dash = Redshift + Dashboard), Redash quickly grew to become the company’s main data analysis, visualization, and dashboarding tool, serving all of the departments in the company.
More Data Sources and visualization types were added, people started to contribute to the source code, and eventually Redash was released as an open source tool, and later developed into a separate independent company, with Redash as its main product. Its main goal was to help other companies to become more data-driven with little to no effort, just as we did back in the days at EverythingMe.