Pivotal Software

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Pivotal Software, Inc.
Traded asNYSEPVTL (Class A)
IndustryComputer software
FoundedApril 2013 (2013-04)
Key people
Paul Maritz
Rob Mee
Bill Cook
RevenueUS$509.4M[1] (2017)
-US$163.5M (2017)
OwnerDell Technologies (70%)
Number of employees
2,971 (1Q 2020)

Pivotal Software, Inc. is an American multinational software and services company based in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California and spread across a number of locations globally, including New York, London and Singapore.[2] Pivotal provides cloud platform hosting, business transformation services, enterprise application design environments, containers, microservices, and consulting services for in-house programming teams focusing on agile software development methodologies.[3] Divisions include Pivotal Labs (consulting services), Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and a group developing big data products.

In September 2018, Pivotal announced the launch of a new humanitarian programme known as Pivotal Act, aimed at partnering with NGOs and other charitable organisations to develop practical solutions to social and humanitarian issues globally.[4]


Pivotal office in Toronto

Pivotal Software was formed in 2012 after spinning out of EMC Corporation and VMware (which was majority-owned by EMC).[5] The name came from the Pivotal Labs LLC which had been acquired by EMC, and briefly used the name GoPivotal, Incorporated.[6] On April 24, 2013, the organization announced a US$105 million investment from General Electric (for 10% equity) and Pivotal One, including Cloud Foundry for cloud computing.[7][8]

Paul Maritz became Pivotal's chief executive immediately after the spin-out.[8] Maritz had joined EMC in February 2008 when Pi Corporation, a company he co-founded, was acquired and was previously the CEO of VMware.[9][10] The Greenplum Database (acquired by EMC in 2010) formed the basis of a division selling software for the big data market.[11] In March, 2013, a distribution of Apache Hadoop called Pivotal HD was announced, including a version of the Greenplum software for it called Hawq.[12]

Paul Maritz became Pivotal's Chairman and Rob Mee, founder of Pivotal Labs, became chief executive officer of Pivotal Software on August 18, 2015. In May, 2016, a US$253 million round of investment was announced, including Ford investments.[13] EMC also converted US$400 million of debt into equity at that time.[14][15]

In March 2018, the company filed for an initial public offering, debuting on the NYSE on April 20, 2018.[16][17] The trading price began at $15 a share, and closed with a 5% increase on its first day.[18] The company plans to raise $555 million in the IPO.[19]

On August 14, 2019 VMware announced merger discussions with Pivotal and a definitive agreement to acquire Pivotal Software was signed on August 22, 2019.[20]

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  12. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (July 17, 2013). "Pivotal ships eponymous Hadoop distro to the masses: An inquisitive HAWQ rides the big data elephant". The Register. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  13. ^ Arik Hesselhdahl (May 5, 2016). "Ford lead US$253 million investment in EMC-owned Pivotal". Recode. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
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  16. ^ Al-Muslim, Aisha (March 23, 2018). "Pivotal Software Files for IPO". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
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