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12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

Brandon Butler | Dec. 16, 2014
While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT landscape.

4) Palantir Technologies

2014 funding: $165.1 million

Investor: The Founders Fund

Profile: The company's software helps collect and analyze data from a variety of sources to make it readily available for consumption. In total, the Palo Alto-based company has raised $950 million in 14 funding rounds from 10 investors (including Peter Thiel) since being founded in 2004. It boasts the CIA and other government agencies as name clients.

5) Cloudera

2014 funding: $160M

Investors: Google Ventures, MSD Capital (Michael Dell's backed venture fund)

Profile:Cloudera is commercializing the open source Apache Hadoop data management project. Former engineers from Yahoo, Google and Facebook, along with an Oracle executive, founded the Palo Alto-based company in 2008. It has secured $1.2 billion across eight funding rounds in the hot-growing market of big data analytics. Hortonworks, which is one of Cloudera's biggest competitors, has raised $248 million and launched its initial public offering in December.

6) Box

2014 funding: $158.1M

Investors: TGP Growth, Bessemer Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz, among others

Profile: One of the best known cloud file sharing and content collaboration companies, Box has raised $564.1M from 22 investors across 12 rounds. Czar/CEO and Co-founder Aaron Levie is one of the more outspoken Silicon Valley executives. Rumors surfaced in March that the company was exploring an IPO, but Bloomberg reports that was delayed until 2015.

7) Lookout

2014 funding: $150M

Investors: Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Bezos Expeditions, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Index Venture and Khosla Ventures, among others.

Profile: Lookout builds a security platform used to protect mobile devices. It combines an international threat detection system with custom mobile apps, allowing users to access their lost or stolen devices and enabling businesses to track mobile usage. The company, which was founded in 2005, had raised $131 million in funding led by Greylock Partners and Khosla Ventures before its big $150 million funding round in August. The company is led by Jim Dolce, a former Juniper and Akamai Technologies executive who has founded four startups.

8) Qualtrics

2014 funding: $150M

Investors: Accel Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital

Profile: Qualtrics is a survey and research platform that helps businesses track customer insights, gain product feedback and conduct market research. The company, based in the fast-growing startup bed of Provo, Utah, says 99 of the top 100 business schools are already using the platform. Qualtrics has raised $220 million across two funding rounds, with the most recent being the company's $150 million B round in September. Lookout was founded by the father-and-son team of Scott and Ryan Smith in 2002.

9) Nutanix

2014 funding: $145M

Investors: Fidelity Investment Funds, Wellington Management

Profile:Nutanix builds data center clustering tools that combine compute and storage capabilities into a single system meant to support large-scale distributed virtual environments. The San Jose company has raised $312.5 million, including the most recent $140 million Series E funding round in August, and now is eyeing an IPO.

 

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