Databricks

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Databricks, Inc.
IndustryComputer software
Founded2013 (2013)
FoundersAli Ghodsi, Andy Konwinski, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Matei Zaharia
Headquarters,
Websitedatabricks.com

Databricks is a company founded by the original creators of Apache Spark.[1] Databricks grew out of the AMPLab project at University of California, Berkeley that was involved in making Apache Spark, an open-source distributed computing framework built atop Scala. Databricks develops a web-based platform for working with Spark, that provides automated cluster management and IPython-style notebooks. In addition to building the Databricks platform, the company is co-organizing massive open online courses about Spark[2] and runs the largest conference about Spark - Spark Summit.

History[edit]

The company was founded by:

  • Ali Ghodsi, CEO, University of California, Berkeley adjunct professor.
  • Andy Konwinski, former Berkeley PhD student and Apache Spark committer.
  • Scott Shenker, Board Member, University of California, Berkeley professor and co-founder and former CEO of Nicira.
  • Ion Stoica, Executive Chairman, University of California, Berkeley professor and co-founder and CTO of Conviva.
  • Patrick Wendell, former Berkeley PhD student and Apache Spark committer.
  • Reynold Xin, former Berkeley PhD student and Apache Spark committer.
  • Matei Zaharia, Chief Technologist, who created Apache Spark while a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a professor at Stanford University.[3][4]

Funding[edit]

In September 2013, Databricks announced that it had raised $13.9 million from Andreessen Horowitz and said it aimed to offer an alternative to Google's MapReduce system.[5][6] The company raised additional $33 million in 2014,[7] $60 million in 2016,[8] $140 million in 2017,[9] $250 million in 2019 (Feb)[10] and $400 million in 2019 (Oct)[11].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dwoskin, Elizabeth (June 9, 2016). "This is where the real action in artificial intelligence takes place". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. ^ "Databricks to run two massive online courses on Apache Spark". Databricks. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  3. ^ Zaharia, Matei. "Matei Zaharia". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ Crunchbase (January 27, 2015). "Databricks - Crunchbase". Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Harris, Derrick (September 25, 2013). "Databricks raises $14M from Andreessen Horowitz, wants to take on MapReduce with Spark". Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Lorica, Ben (September 25, 2013). "Databricks aims to build next-generation analytic tools for Big Data". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Miller, Ron (June 30, 2014). "Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Shieber, Jonathan. "Databricks raises $60 million to be big data's next great leap forward". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  9. ^ "Databricks Secures $140 Million to Accelerate Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise". Databricks. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  10. ^ "Databricks' $250 Million Funding Supports Explosive Growth and Global Demand for Unified Analytics; Brings Valuation to $2.75 Billion". Databricks. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  11. ^ "Databricks announces $400M round on $6.2B valuation as analytics platform continues to grow". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-24.