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PENSANDO SYSTEMS (Acquired by AMD for $1.9 Billion in 2022)
Distributed Computing Company
Founded in 2017, Pensando Systems is led by Silicon Valley’s legendary “MPLS” team from Cisco — Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, Soni Jiandani, and Randy Pond — who have an unmatched track record, having already sold multiple enterprise companies. Pensando has raised a total of approximately $280 Million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, HP Enterprise, Ericsson Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, John Chambers (Cisco former CEO), Goldman Sachs, etc. Pensando is pioneering distributed computing designed for the new edge, powering software-defined cloud, compute, networking, storage, and security services to transform existing architectures into the secure, ultra-fast environments demanded by next-generation applications.
PALANTIR (IPO 2020)
Big Data Analytics company started by Peter Thiel.
Raised over $2 Billion.
Elon Musk's Twitter Buyout deal
Developer-focused CRM for the Product-Led Growth era
DevRev has raised the largest Seed round ever ($50 million) from top investors including Mayfield Fund, Khosla Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. DevRev is founded by Dheeraj Pandey, former CEO and co-founder of Nutanix and current board member at Adobe, and Manoj Agarwal (former SVP Engineering & GM Hybrid Cloud at Nutanix).
Modern Software Delivery Platform
Harness is a Continuous Delivery-as-a-Service platform for engineering and DevOps teams to release applications into production. Harness has raised $425 million in total funding with latest financing round being $230 million at a valuation of $3.7 billion, more than doubling its valuation since the financing round in January 2021. Norwest Venture Partners led the Series D round, with new investors J.P. Morgan, Capital One Ventures, Splunk Ventures, Adage Capital Partners, Balyasny Asset Management, Gaingels, Harmonic Growth Partners, and all existing investors participating, including ServiceNow, Menlo Ventures, IVP, Unusual Ventures, Citi Ventures, Battery Ventures, Alkeon Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Sorenson Capital, Thomvest Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.
Enterprise SaaS company for Digital Contracting
IronClad is an enterprise SaaS company that provides digital contracting for legal teams. It is based in Silicon Valley. L’Oréal, Staples, Mastercard, are some of its customers. The company was named one of the 20 Rising Stars on the Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 list and has raised over $180 million in funding from leading investors like Sequoia, Mary Meeker's Bond Capital, Accel, Y Combinator, Lux, and Emergence.
Cloud Data Management and Enterprise Backup Company
Founded in 2014, Rubrik is a leading provider of Cloud Data Management and Enterprise Backup Services. Rubrik had earlier announced that it reached an annualized gross bookings run rate of $600 million in Jan 2020. It crossed $100 Million in revenue in 2018. Rubrik has raised over $550 million in funding from Bain Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, IVP, John Chambers, etc.
Big Data Analytics Company
Provides Business-intelligence analytics search software. ThoughtSpot has raised over $550 Million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, Sapphire Ventures, HP Enterprise, Geodesic Capital, Silver Lake Waterman, etc. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California.
Cornami is creating a new era in cybersecurity by applying Homomorphic Encryption that permits users to perform computations on its encrypted data without first decrypting it. Cornami has closed a $50 million Series C round led by Softbank. Fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) allows the evaluation of arbitrary circuits composed of multiple types of gates of unbounded depth, and is the strongest notion of homomorphic encryption.
AI for Hiring
Valued at $4.6B, Checkr is using AI technology to bring hiring to the next level. Checkr has raised approximately $550 million in funding. Investors include Fidelity Management & Research, Franklin Templeton, Khosla Ventures, IVP, T. Rowe Price, Coatue, Accel, BOND Capital and Y Combinator.
Uniphore is an AI company that does conversational analytics, conversational assistant and conversational security. The company is based in Palo Alto, California and Chennai, India. Cisco ex-CEO John Chambers has been an investor in Uniphore since 2017. He is also a Board Member and has the title of ‘Chief Guru’ of Uniphore. Uniphore has raised over $210 million in funding from John Chambers, Sorenson Capital Partners, Cisco Investments, National Grid Partners, March Capital Partners, etc.
Dataminr is one of the world's leading AI companies. Dataminr’s clients are the first to know about high-impact events and emerging risks so they can mitigate and manage crises more effectively. Dataminr solutions are relied on 24/7 by hundreds of clients in over 75 countries to help them solve real-world problems. Dataminr has raised approximately $1 billion in funding. Investors include Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, MSD Capital (Dell CEO Michael Dell’s fund), Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Venrock, Eldridge (owns LA Dodgers and makes tech investments), Valor Equity Partners (the firm behind Tesla and many tech startups), Reinvent Capital (Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman’s firm), ArrowMark Partners, IVP, Eden Global, etc.
AI cloud company on a mission to democratize AI for everyone
Raised $250 Million in funding, latest round being at $1.7 Billion valuation.
Building the largest ecosystem for Bitcoin applications
Blockchain startup Trust Machines has raised $150 million in funding to expand bitcoin as a web3 platform. Venture capital firms that invested in the round include Breyer Capital, Digital Currency Group, GoldenTree, Hivemind and Union Square Ventures. Web3 is the name given to decentralized network applications that run on blockchains, as opposed to Web 2.0, the current web world of social media applications, wikis, blogs and so on. Trust Machines is building an ecosystem of applications and platform technologies aimed at unleashing the true potential of bitcoin.
Building the largest ecosystem for Bitcoin applications
Crypto-Powered Wireless Network Helium has raised over $360 million in total funding, the most recent round being $200M at $1.2B Valuation. Helium is a developer of decentralized machine networking technology designed to introduce a better way to build wireless infrastructure. The company's technology operates a peer-to-peer wireless network, which the company calls The People's Network, which provides a secure and cost-effective way for low-power Internet of Things devices to send data to and from the Internet, thereby creating a truly decentralized and trustless model for building wireless infrastructure. Helium enables anyone to earn cryptocurrency, HNT, for becoming a network operator and providing connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
ORB INTELLIGENCE (ACQUIRED BY DUN AND BRADSTREET IN 2020)
Big Data Company
Big Data company for B2B Marketing, run by seasoned founders.
NEXTDOOR (PUBLIC IN NOV 2021 VIA KHOSLA VENTURES SPAC)
Social Networking Company
Nextdoor is a hyperlocal social networking service for neighborhoods.
It is currently available in 11 countries. Nextdoor has 1 in 4 U.S. households. It has 270,000 neighborhoods globally. There have been 50 million local business recommendations from neighbors. In March 2020, Nextdoor’s number of daily active users surged 80% month-over-month. Nextdoor has backing from prominent investors including Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark, Shasta Ventures, Greylock Partners, Riverwood Capital, Bond, Axel Springer, Comcast Ventures, etc. Nextdoor has raised approximately $460 million in total funding.
Audio-based social app that allows users to join group chats spontaneously
Raised over $310 Million in funding, last round being valued at $4 Billion.
PINTEREST (IPO 2019)
Social Networking Company
Pinterest is an image sharing and social media service designed to enable saving and discovery of information on the internet using images and, on a smaller scale, animated GIFs and videos, in the form of pinboards.
Wag is a mobile application used to instantly find trusted and certified dog walkers.
Wag! is a technology platform that supports dog walking, pet sitting, veterinary care, and training services across 4,600 cities and all 50 states. Hundreds of thousands of Pet Caregivers across America, from coast to coast, use Wag! to build their business online. Wag! has raised over $360 million.