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Lucidworks Inc.
Industry Enterprise search
Internet search
Information technology
Information access
Open source software
Founded 2007
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Will Hayes (CEO)
Grant Ingersoll (CTO)
Reade Frank (CFO)
Keith Messick (CMO)
Gerald Kanapathy (VP, Products)
Erik Hatcher (Founding Technical Team)
Products Search Engines
Support, Consulting and Training around Apache Lucene and Apache Solr
Lucidworks Fusion Search Platform
Number of employees

Lucidworks (formerly known as Lucid Imagination) is a San Francisco, California-based enterprise search technology company offering an application development platform, commercial support, consulting, training and value-add software for open source Apache Lucene and Apache Solr. Lucidworks is a private company founded as Lucid Imagination in 2007 and publicly launched on January 26, 2009. The company was renamed to Lucidworks on August 8, 2012.[1] The company received Series A funding from 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, Granite Ventures and Walden International participating.[2] In November 2015, Lucidworks closed a $21 million Series D round with Allegis Capital, and existing investors Shasta Ventures and Granite Ventures participating.[3]

The company follows a Professional Open Source model to target organizations evaluating or already using the Apache Lucene/Solr open source search platform for their search applications. The company also offers several free, certified distributions of Lucene and Solr, which include additional utilities, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. Apache Lucene and Solr originally established a following without commercial support; however, as the market adoption for commercially supported open source grows,[4][5] enterprise search application developers have sought similar models for these applications as well. Lucidworks is the primary commercial steward for the Solr project employing one-third of the project's committers and contributing 70% of the code in addition to producing the annual Lucene/Solr Revolution conference.[6]

The Lucidworks founding technical team consisted of Marc Krellenstein, a veteran in the enterprise search industry and several key contributors and committers to the Lucene project, Grant Ingersoll, Erik Hatcher, and Yonik Seeley, in addition to advisor Doug Cutting.

Business model[edit]

Lucidworks partly operates on a professional open-source business model based on open code, development within a community, professional quality assurance, and subscription-based customer support. They produce open-source code, so more programmers can make further adaptations and improvements.

Lucidworks sells subscriptions for the support, training, and integration services that help customers in using open-source software. Customers can buy support in packages according to the level of support needed.

On September 18, 2014, Lucidworks released Lucidworks Fusion, a platform for building enterprise search applications with Apache Lucene/Solr.[7][8]


  • Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award[9]
  • Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win[10]


  1. ^ What Happened to Lucid Imagination?
  2. ^ "SEC Form D". August 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lucidworks Announces $21 Million in Series D Funding". November 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth (February 16, 2006). "OSBC: Professional open source grows up". InfoWorld. 
  5. ^ Assay, Matt (April 20, 2009). "Open source gains while proprietary software declines". CNET News. 
  6. ^ Assay, Matt (April 20, 2009). PandoDaily  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Carney, Michael (September 18, 2014). "Open source gains while proprietary software declines". LucidWorks debuts new Fusion platform, offers modularized, personalized search for the enterprise. 
  8. ^ Carney, Michael (September 10, 2014). Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 North America Award
  10. ^ Lucid Imagination Congratulates Apache Solr on InfoWorld Bossie Award Win [1]

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