CIO 10 Top Big Data Startups

The final ranking is based on reader votes, but also big-name end users, VC funding, the management team and market positioning.

CIO, By Jeff Vance, July 16, 2013

After more than 4,000 votes were cast, the final Big Data startup rankings are in. Keep in mind that while voting was weighted heavily, it was not the be-all-and-end-all consideration. Other criteria included big-name end users, VC funding, the pedigree of the management team and market positioning.

The top 10 startups are:

1. ParStreamParStream finished second in the voting, but fanatical end user support and unique positioning as a “Fast Data” company pushed ParStream to No. 1.

2. MapR Technologies, offering enterprise-grade platform for NoSQL and Hadoop.

3. Cloudera develops open-source software, including Hadoop, and has $140 million in funding and an impressive customer list.

4. ScaleArc raised $18 million in funding and has a Big Data solution that focuses on optimizing SQL query traffic.

5. LucidWorkshas solid funding ($16 million) and is uniquely positioned with their focus on Big Data search.

6. SiSense offers a fast, flexible, coding-free Big Data solution that even smaller companies on tight budgets can take advantage of, has impressive list of top-tier customers, including NASA, ESPN and eBay, and is backed by $14 million in funding.

7. Cloudant Database-as-a-Service has attracted more than 12,000 multi-tenant customers, including Samsung, DHL, Monsanto, (Heroku), SourceFire, and Flurry. The company has $16 million in funding.

8. Skytree offers machine-learning approach to Big Data analytics, and has in $18 million in their Series A funding round. Although it was founded only in 2012, it already attarcted eHarmony, SETI, USGA and Adconion Media as customers.

9. SumAll is positioned in one of the more competitive Big Data sub-sectors: social media, sales and marketing analytics, and is backed by $7.5 million in two rounds.

10. Xplenty, offering a feature-rich platform Hadoop as a Service.

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