About Liongraph

Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a “hero” — African Proverb

 

I am 21 years old, a college senior, engaged to be married, and standing in the dungeon of a slave fort in Ghana. Its walls were built almost 300 years ago, and countless Africans passed through its doors on their way to a life of bondage in the Americas. My friend, a Ghanaian, guides me through its many rooms and narrates its appalling history. My friend is gracious and light-hearted despite the unspoken implications of this dark place. My skin is white; his is black. I am plagued with a single question: had we lived a few centuries ago, what would our interaction have looked like?

Scrawled on a wall, in a room without windows or ventilation, a place with rusted chains still shackled to the floor, are these words: “Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a ‘hero'”.

This is my introduction to data analytics.

Our work is not as illuminating or important as the work of Frederick Douglass, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothea Dix, or others who sought to represent the Lion’s narrative. But we like to think it’s connected; that often our greatest ally when advocating for change is showing people the numbers, the pie charts, the bar graphs.

Information has, at times, inspired me to act, filled me with hope, made me laugh, and shifted my perspective. When expertly crafted and displayed, data is one of the most powerful tools movements and companies have at their disposal — yet it’s often overlooked.

That’s why we chose the name “Lion Graph.”

Because in a world of stories about the Hunter, we need more stories about the Lion.

And also, “Lion” sounds like “Line.” Like “Line Graph.” Get it?

Lion Graph Team

Ted Kriwiel

Owner/Founder

Ted Kriwiel is the founder of Lion Graph - a business intelligence agency that helps companies use data to measure impact and tell stories. He graduated from Wichita State’s entrepreneurship program in 2012 and has been involved in the local startup community ever since. He’s a home-grown Kansan who lives in Wichita, where he enjoys going on long walks with his wife Ellie, their son Lewis, and dog Maebe.

Nick Thompson

Business Analyst

Nick Thompson is a Business Analyst for Lion Graph. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration and found a passion for telling stories with data and leveraging data to make decisions during his senior year of college. He has been working for Lion Graph since January 2019 and he currently lives in Allen, TX. Nick enjoys playing sports, reading biographies, and spending time with his family.

Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a “hero” — African Proverb

 

I am 21 years old, a college senior, engaged to be married, and standing in the dungeon of a slave fort in Ghana. Its walls were built almost 300 years ago, and countless Africans passed through its doors on their way to a life of bondage in the Americas. My friend, a Ghanaian, guides me through its many rooms and narrates its appalling history. My friend is gracious and light-hearted despite the unspoken implications of this dark place. My skin is white; his is black. I am plagued with a single question: had we lived a few centuries ago, what would our interaction have looked like?

Scrawled on a wall, in a room without windows or ventilation, a place with rusted chains still shackled to the floor, are these words: “Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a ‘hero'”.

This is my introduction to data analytics.

Our work is not as illuminating or important as the work of Frederick Douglass, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothea Dix, or others who sought to represent the Lion’s narrative. But we like to think it’s connected; that often our greatest ally when advocating for change is showing people the numbers, the pie charts, the bar graphs.

Information has, at times, inspired me to act, filled me with hope, made me laugh, and shifted my perspective. When expertly crafted and displayed, data is one of the most powerful tools movements and companies have at their disposal — yet it’s often overlooked.

That’s why we chose the name “Lion Graph.”

Because in a world of stories about the Hunter, we need more stories about the Lion.

And also, “Lion” sounds like “Line.” Like “Line Graph.” Get it?