Looker (company)

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Looker Data Sciences, Inc.
FoundedSanta Cruz, California (2012)
Santa Cruz, California
Key people
  • Lloyd Tabb
  • (Founder, CTO)
  • Ben Porterfield
  • (Co-Founder & VP Engineering)
  • Frank Bien
  • (CEO)
  • Marc Randolph
  • (Director)
ProductsBusiness intelligence tools
Data visualization tools
Analytics tools
Big data tools
Data warehousing tools
ETL tools
Number of employees
500 (July 2018)

Looker Data Sciences, Inc. is an American computer software company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. It was acquired by Google in 2019 and is now part of the Google Cloud Platform. Looker markets a data exploration and discovery business intelligence platform.[1]


The company was founded in Santa Cruz, California in January, 2012 by Lloyd Tabb and Ben Porterfield. The product grew out of Tabb's experience building software at companies like Netscape, LiveOps, and Luminate before founding Looker.

Looker makes use of a simple modeling language called LookML that lets data teams define the relationships in their database so business users can explore, save, and download data without needing to know SQL. The product was the first commercially available business intelligence platform built for and aimed at scalable or massively parallel relational database management systems like Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, HP Vertica, Netezza, and Teradata.

On August 13, 2013, Looker announced a Series A round of funding from Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth Capital, raising more than $18M.[2] Prior to the Series A round, Looker raised $2M in a seed round from First Round Capital and PivotNorth Capital.[2] On March 11, 2015 Looker raised $30M in series B funding.[3] In July, 2015, Jen Grant joined as chief marketing officer, and the company estimated it has 140 employees.[4] On January 14, 2016 Looker raised $48M in series C funding from Kleiner Perkins.[5] At that time, the company estimated 450 customers, including Jet.com.[6] On March 30, 2017 Looker raised $81.5M in series D funding led by Capital G. On December 6, 2018 Looker raised $103M in series E funding led by Premji Invest.[7] On June 21, 2016 Looker celebrated the release of Winning With Data, a book coauthored by Looker CEO, Frank Bien and Redpoint Partner, Tomasz Tunguz.[8]

On June 6, 2019, Google announced it was acquiring Looker for $2.6 billion.[9] The acquisition was finalized February 2020.[10]

Under Google Cloud Platform[edit]

The Looker Platform for Data operates today as a part of Google Cloud Platform. It has thousands of customers[11] and offers a wide variety of tools for relational database work, business intelligence, and other related services. Looker's 2019 revenue is estimated to be about $140 million.[12]


  1. ^ "Looker". Looker. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  2. ^ a b Carney, Michael (August 13, 2013). "Looker announces a $16M Series A and a savvy new CEO to rise above stodgy old BI solutions". PandoDaily. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Ben Kepes (March 11, 2015). "Looker Raises $30M To Further Its Analytics Aims". Forbes. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fast-growing data analytics company Looker hires former Box exec Jen Grant (Q&A)". VentureBeat. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  5. ^ "Looker Series C Funding from Kleiner Perkins". Press release. Looker Data Sciences. January 14, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Data analytics startup Looker raises $48 million, led by Kleiner Perkins". VentureBeat. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  7. ^ "Looker Closes Series E Financing Round of $103 Million". Looker. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  8. ^ Isenberg, Sara (2016-08-20). "Audio: Tomasz Tunguz & Frank Bien discuss Winning with Data book". Santa Cruz Tech Beat. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  9. ^ Dave, Paresh; Panchadar, Arjun (June 7, 2019). "Google to buy analytics software firm Looker for $2.6 billion". Reuters. Archived from the original on June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Ingals, Elaine (February 14, 2020). "Google completes $2.6 billion acquisition of Santa Cruz company Looker". The Mercury News. Retrieved February 18, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Customer and Partner Success Stories". Looker. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  12. ^ Dave, Paresh (2019-06-07). "Google to buy analytics software firm Looker for $2.6 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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