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LucidWorks Inc.
Type Private
Industry Information technology
Information access
Open Source Software
Founded 2007
Headquarters Redwood City, California, USA
Area served Americas
Key people Paul Doscher (CEO)
Grant Ingersoll (Chief Scientist)
Sarath Jarugula (Product Management)
Erik Hatcher (Founding Technical Team)
Yonik Seeley (Founding Technical Team)
Products Search Engines
Support, Consulting and Training around Apache Lucene and Apache Solr

LucidWorks (formerly known as Lucid Imagination) is a Redwood City, California-based company offering commercial support, consulting, training and value-add software for open source Apache Lucene and Apache Solr search technologies. LucidWorks is a private company founded as Lucid Imagination in 2007 and publicly launched on January 26, 2009. The company was renamed to LucidWorks on August 8, 2012.[1] The company received Series A funding from Granite Ventures and Walden International in Sept 2008; In-Q-Tel is a strategic investor.

The company follows a Professional Open Source model to target organizations evaluating or already using the Apache Lucene/Solr open source search platform for their search applications. The company also offers several free, certified distributions of Lucene and Solr, which include additional utilities, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. Apache Lucene and Solr originally established a following without commercial support; however, as the market adoption for commercially supported open source grows,[2][3] enterprise search application developers have sought similar models for these applications as well.

The LucidWorks founding technical team consisted of Marc Krellenstein, a veteran in the enterprise search industry and several key contributors and committers to the Lucene project, Grant Ingersoll, Erik Hatcher, and Yonik Seeley, in addition to advisor Doug Cutting.

Business model[edit]

LucidWorks partly operates on a professional open-source business model based on open code, development within a community, professional quality assurance, and subscription-based customer support. They produce open-source code, so more programmers can make further adaptations and improvements.

LucidWorks sells subscriptions for the support, training, and integration services that help customers in using open-source software. Customers can buy support in packages according to the level of support needed.


  • Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award[4]
  • Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win[5]


  1. ^ What Happened to Lucid Imagination?
  2. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth (February 16, 2006). "OSBC: Professional open source grows up". InfoWorld. 
  3. ^ Assay, Matt (April 20, 2009). "Open source gains while proprietary software declines". CNET News. 
  4. ^ Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award
  5. ^ Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win [1]

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