|Founder||Ali Ghodsi, Andy Konwinski, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Matei Zaharia|
Databricks is a company founded by the creators of Apache Spark, that aims to help clients with cloud-based big data processing using Spark. 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 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.
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. 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. 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. In 2016 the company raised additional $60 million, and another $140 million in 2017, bringing the total funding to close to $247 million.
In February 2019 the company raised a $250 million Series E, at a valuation of $2.75 billion.
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