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Founded2013 (2013)
FounderAli Ghodsi, Andy Konwinski, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Matei Zaharia

Databricks is a company founded by the creators of Apache Spark,[1] that aims to help clients with cloud-based big data processing using Spark.[2][3] Databricks grew out of the AMPLab project at University of California, Berkeley that was involved in making Apache Spark, a 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 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.[2][7] In June 2014, Databricks raised a $33 million Series B, led by New Enterprise Associates, along with additional investment from Series A investor Andreessen Horowitz.[3][8][9] Databricks, founded by the team that created Spark, is closely involved with the development of Apache Spark, an open-source project incubated by the Apache Foundation.[10] In 2016 the company raised additional $60 million, and another $140 million in 2017, bringing the total funding to close to $247 million.[11]

In February 2019 the company raised a $250 million Series E, at a valuation of $2.75 billion.[12]


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  4. ^ "Databricks to run two massive online courses on Apache Spark". Databricks. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  5. ^ Zaharia, Matei. "Matei Zaharia". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ Crunchbase (January 27, 2015). "Databricks - Crunchbase". Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Lorica, Ben (September 25, 2013). "Databricks aims to build next-generation analytic tools for Big Data". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Harris, Derrick (June 30, 2014). "Databricks aims to build next-generation analytic tools for Big Data. A new startup will accelerate the maturation of the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack". Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Gage, Deborah (June 30, 2014). "Lured By The Promise Of Big Data, Investors Pile $33M Into Databricks". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Committers". Apache Foundation. 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 raises $250M at a $2.75B valuation for its analytics platform". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-02-05.