Over the past few years big data has transitioned from being a topic of discussion among the engineering elite to a mainstream meme for the business world and investors alike. Spurred on by firsthand interactions with developers and users of big data platforms like Facebook, Accel has been actively engaged in this sector since its inception.
With a thorough understanding of the sector, Accel Partners has invested in companies like Cloudera, the leader in Apache Hadoop-based software and services, Couchbase, a leading provider of scalable NoSQL database technology, Nimble Storage, leading provider of flash optimized storage platforms, and QlikView, innovative self-service business discovery applications. These companies have created the foundation and building blocks for the rest of the industry to innovate upon. Accel Partners has continued to deepen its expertise on big data, and expand its portfolio of companies in the sector with the Big Data Fund and the recently announced Big Data Fund 2.
The Big Data Funds are managed by Accel Partners globally. Accel will also collaborate closely with pioneering entrepreneurs and technologists in big data who will lend their expertise as formal fund advisors – Doug Cutting (Apache Hadoop), Anthony Deighton (Qlik Technologies), Gil Ebaz (Factual), Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera), Jeff Heer (Stanford), Shlomo Kramer (Imperva), Hilary Mason (Bit.ly), Jay Parikh (Facebook), Anand Rajaram (Cambrian Ventures), Frank Slootman (ServiceNow) and Kenny Van Zant (Asana).
To the exciting entrepreneurs working on Big Data – we look forward to hearing from you! To submit a startup idea to be considered for investment, send an email to Big Data Fund.