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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.

10) Kabam

2014 funding: $120M

Investors: Alibaba Group, among others

Profile: Kabam makes interactive online games, including Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon  and Kingdoms of Camelot. Kevin Chou founded the company in 2006 and since then it has raised $245 million from investors, including a recent $120 million funding round from the investment arm of Chinese internet giant Alibaba. The San Francisco company is attempting to not follow the same path as other online game companies that have fizzled, such as Zynga and, and in that vein delayed an IPO.

11) DataStax

2014 funding: $106M

Investors: Comcast Venture Partners, Cross Creek Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Management, Scale Venture Partners, among others.

Profile: DataStax focuses on the fast-growing NoSQL database market, and specifically commercializing open source projects such as Apache Cassandra, Hadoop and Apache Solr for search. The company was founded by former Rackspace engineers, Jonathan Ellis and Matt Pfeil, both of whom now lead the open source Cassandra project. With the company's September Series E funding round, the Santa Clara company has now raised a total of $189.7 million since launching in 2010.

12) Mirantis

2014 funding: $100 million

Investors: Intel, Ericson, SAP, among others

Profile: The Mountain View company, which makes software for building enterprise clouds based on the open source OpenStack project, has been a particular favorite of tech vendors' investment arms. It needs solid funding to go up against some big-name companies like Cisco and HP that are also pushing OpenStack clouds into the enterprise market. If all goes well, the Mirantis CEO hopes to take the company public in 2016.


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