Detroit’s nascent tech community got a significant validation today as Silicon Valley cybersecurity company Distil Networks announced it has acquired homegrown, Dan Gilbert-backed startup Are You a Human. The specific terms and the monetary value of the deal were not disclosed, but Distil says it plans to open a new office in Detroit as a result.
As part of the announcement, Distil is today releasing a free Google Analytics tool called Distil Bot Discovery, which finds and filters a website’s bot traffic. The tool incorporates Are You a Human’s “real-time human detection technology and biometric interaction dataset,” according to Distil CEO and co-founder Rami Essaid.
Essaid first met the Are You a Human team when they were visiting the Bay Area two years ago.
“They were looking at doing a similar thing [as Distil]—identifying an advertiser’s legitimate and illegitimate traffic,” he recalls. “It’s hard enough in Silicon Valley to hire engineers, but to find 10 engineers working on the same problem in a different way—it’s like they have a college degree in our problem.”