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英国云存储独角兽Snowflake获2.63亿融资

上周,总部位于英国南安普顿的云存储独角兽Snowflake宣布获得一笔2.63亿美元的E轮融资,投资方包括红杉资本、Iconiq Capital、Altimeter Capital、Capital One Growth Ventures、Madrona Venture Group、Redpoint Ventures、Sutter Hill Ventures以及Wing Ventures.。

该公司首席执行官Bob Muglia并没有想到本次能够募集到这么大一轮融资,目前他们正在计划拓展更多云服务供应商,同时还希望进一步扩大云服务部署的客户数量,增加更多新客户——特别是一些不愿意使用亚马逊AWS云服务的企业客户。不过有趣的是,Snowflake公司的数据库软件是能够支持亚马逊云端功能的,此外他们还能够为企业提供性能更高、并且可扩展的数据库环境,让企业能够存储更大的信息数据模块。现阶段,该公司正在探索人工智能机器学习技术,实现云数据存储自动化。

Snowflake Computing announced today that it has raised a massive $263 million round of funding to propel its cloud data warehouse business forward. The company is now valued at $1.5 billion.

Snowflake sells database software that runs in Amazon’s cloud and provides businesses with a high-performance, highly scalable environment to store massive amounts of information for processing by a range of applications, including machine learning algorithms.

The company was founded in 2012, and this latest round brings Snowflake’s total funding to $473 million, putting it among an elite group of startups that have taken on a massive infusion of cash over a short lifespan. Snowflake’s previous round of funding, worth $100 million, closed just last year.

Iconiq Capital, Altimiter Capital, and Sequoia Capital co-led the round. Returning investors Capital One Growth Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Wing Ventures also participated.

Snowflake CEO Bob Muglia said in an interview with VentureBeat that back in September investors recommended the company raise money to fuel its growth, given the success it’s having and the speed at which the market is moving.

This round also provided an opportunity to bring Sequoia Capital on as an investor. Muglia said that he wanted to work with the firm because of its long and storied pedigree in venture capital, as well as its track record helping enterprise software startups.

With all this cash in the bank, Muglia said the company plans to expand its sales and marketing presence overseas, with a special focus on Europe and Asia. And he doesn’t expect to be going on an investor roadshow anytime soon, as this funding should last for a couple of years while the company continues to scale its business.

Even with this eye-popping raise, Snowflake had more money left on the table. Muglia said that the round was “tremendously oversubscribed” and that he was still getting requests from investors interested in joining the round just days prior to its official announcement.

Now Snowflake needs to live up to its valuation and make good on all the capital investors have poured into it. The company’s customer base has grown 300 percent over the past year, and it’s working in a hot space, which explains the excitement. But still, the bar is set high.

In the near future, the company is also working to expand its reach to other cloud providers. While Muglia didn’t say which companies would play home to new Snowflake regions, broadening the number of platforms that customers can use to host their data is part of the plan. That, in turn, will open the startup to new customers, since some companies will choose not to run workloads on Amazon Web Services.


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