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Lucidworks Inc.
IndustryEnterprise search
Internet search
Customer Service
Information technology
Information access
Open source software
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Area served
Key people
  • Will Hayes
  • (CEO)
  • Reade Frank
  • (COO)
  • Ellen Petry Leanse
  • (Chief People Officer)
  • Raj Kandasamy
  • (SVP of Engineering)
ProductsSearch Engines
Support, Consulting and Training around Apache Lucene and Apache Solr
Lucidworks Fusion Search Platform
Connected Experience Cloud (CXC)
Number of employees
Lucidworks Fusion
Stable release
4.1 / July 24, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-24)
Written inJava
TypeSearch and index

Lucidworks, a San Francisco, California-based company that specializes in commerce, customer service, and workplace applications.

Lucidworks was founded in 2007 under the name Lucid Imagination and launched in 2009. The company was later renamed Lucidworks in 2012.[1]

The Lucidworks founding technical team consisted of Marc Krellenstein, Grant Ingersoll, Erik Hatcher, and Yonik Seeley,[1] in addition to advisor Doug Cutting.[2] Will Hayes is Lucidworks CEO.

Business model[edit]

Lucidworks operates primarily with a subscription-based business model with their Lucidworks Fusion platform for designing, building, and deploying big data applications. Lucidworks also offers subscriptions for the support, training, and integration services that help customers in using open source search software.

On September 18, 2014, Lucidworks released Lucidworks Fusion, a platform for building search and discovery applications that includes popular search technology Apache Solr and computation framework Apache Spark in its core.[3][4]

On May 10, 2017, Lucidworks announced its acquisition of Twigkit, a software company specializing in user experiences for search and big data applications which was later integrated into the Fusion platform as Fusion App Studio.[5]

In September 2017, Reddit teamed with Lucidworks to build their new search application.[6]

On March 6, 2018, Lucidworks released Lucidworks Site Search, an embeddable, easy-to-configure, out-of-the-box site search solution that runs in the cloud, or on premise.[7]


The company received Series A funding from Basis Technology, Granite Ventures, and Walden International in Sept 2008; In-Q-Tel is a strategic investor. In August 2014, Lucidworks closed an $8 million Series C round with Shasta Ventures, Basis Technology, Granite Ventures and Walden International participating.[8] In November 2015, Lucidworks closed a $21 million Series D round with Allegis Capital, and existing investors Shasta Ventures and Granite Ventures participating.[9] In May 2018, the firm announced a $50 million Series E led by Top Tier Capital Partners, with participation from Silver Lake's growth capital fund, Silver Lake Waterman.[10] In August 2019, Lucidworks announced $100M in Series F funding led by Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners, with existing investors Top Tier Capital Partners, Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures and Allegis participating.[11]


  • Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award[12]
  • Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win[13]
  • Winner, InfoWorld 2017 Technology of the Year[14]


  1. ^ a b "Trouble at LucidWorks: Lawsuits, lost deals, & layoffs plague the search startup despite funding". VentureBeat. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  2. ^ "Lucidworks net worth and salary income estimation". People Ai. Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  3. ^ Carney, Michael (September 18, 2014). "LucidWorks debuts new Fusion platform, offers modularized, personalized search for the enterprise". Pando.
  4. ^ Carney, Michael (September 10, 2014). "Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself".
  5. ^ "Lucidworks Acquires Twigkit to Deliver Superior Enterprise Search Experience". May 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Reddit teams with Lucidworks to build new search framework – TechCrunch". 7 September 2017. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  7. ^ Miller, Ron. "Lucidworks launches site search as a service tool". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. ^ "SEC Form D". August 31, 2014.
  9. ^ "Lucidworks Announces $21 Million in Series D Funding". November 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Lucidworks raises $50 million for companies to build smarter search into their applications". May 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lucidworks raises $100M to expand in AI-powered search-as-a-service for organizations". August 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award
  13. ^ Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win [1]
  14. ^ InfoWorld's 2017 Technology of the Year Award winners

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