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Databricks, Inc.
IndustryComputer software
Founded2013 (2013)
FoundersAli Ghodsi, Andy Konwinski, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Matei Zaharia
RevenueIncrease $425 Million (2021)[1]
Number of employees

Databricks is a company founded by the original creators of Apache Spark.[3] 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[4] and runs the largest conference about Spark - Spark Summit.


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.[5][6]

In February 2021, Databricks partnered with Google Cloud, providing integration with the Google Kubernetes Engine and Google's BigQuery platform.[7]


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.[8][9]

Funding Rounds
Series Date Amount (million $)
A 2013 13.9[8]
B 2014 33[10]
C 2016 60[11]
D 2017 140[12]
E Feb. 2019 250[13]
F Oct. 2019 400[14]
G Jan. 2021 1000 [15]


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  5. ^ Zaharia, Matei. "Matei Zaharia". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ Crunchbase (January 27, 2015). "Databricks - Crunchbase". Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Databricks brings its lakehouse to Google Cloud". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  8. ^ a b Harris, Derrick (September 25, 2013). "Databricks raises $14M from Andreessen Horowitz, wants to take on MapReduce with Spark". Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Lorica, Ben (September 25, 2013). "Databricks aims to build next-generation analytic tools for Big Data". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Miller, Ron (June 30, 2014). "Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  11. ^ Shieber, Jonathan. "Databricks raises $60 million to be big data's next great leap forward". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  12. ^ "Databricks Secures $140 Million to Accelerate Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise". Databricks. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  13. ^ "Databricks' $250 Million Funding Supports Explosive Growth and Global Demand for Unified Analytics; Brings Valuation to $2.75 Billion". Databricks. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  14. ^ "Databricks announces $400M round on $6.2B valuation as analytics platform continues to grow". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  15. ^ "Databricks raises $1B at $28B valuation as it reaches $425M ARR". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2021-02-14.