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VC: All content tagged as VC in NoSQL databases and polyglot persistence

Investments in the Hadoop market in 2013

A post looking at the investments made in the Hadoop market in 2013:

In 2013, the zeitgeist around big data hit a fever pitch, and with that surge came venture capital love for the Hadoop ecosystem – to the tune of $270 million. On a year-over-year basis, Hadoop VC funding grew 50% while deal activity rose 30%.

To see investment relationships you could use the beautiful Big Data investment map 2014 — I wish it was easier to navigate though.

Back to the original post, there were two aspects that caught my attention:

  1. The majority of funding growth in 2013 came from Series A. This could mean two things: 1) investors consider the market still open; or 2) there are many investors that realized quite late the potential of this market that are trying to make up for they late reaction. I’d go with the first option though.
  2. There seems quite a bit of variability (or inconsistency) in the investments made in the big data market since 2012. This chart shows exactly what I mean:

    hadoop investments

Original title and link: Investments in the Hadoop market in 2013 (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


Accel $100m Fund for Big Data, Hadoop, and NoSQL Databases

Promising times for companies in the data space:

With its new $100 million Big Data Fund, the VC firm’s offices across the globe will invest in applications that help form an ecosystem around existing big data building blocks such as Hadoop and NoSQL. […] Rather, he’s looking for companies that add to Hadoop, NoSQL, solid-state drives or other building blocks by tuning them to become easily consumable analytics engines or by creating products to help users better visualize what their data looks like. Taking it a step further, Li is also interested in applications that might not play up their big data roots at all because the underlying technologies are just a means to an end.

Original title and link: Accel $100m Fund for Big Data, Hadoop, and NoSQL Databases (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


Basho Raises Funding for Expanding Market Reach

The exciting news from yesterday are not over yet. Even if the announcement is not official, it already reached press[1]: Basho, creators of the Riak key-value store and Riak Search, the first full text indexing solution integrated with a NoSQL database, have raised in an up round an additional $7.5mil from a private equity firm and Trifork AS, a Danish systems integrator.

Many of the new companies backing NoSQL databases that have raised funds recently were planning to use these investments to expand their technical teams. In Basho’s case, plan is to use this round mostly for expanding their marketing and sales departments. Trifork is also becoming the European distributor of the Riak database.


  1. As a side note, I’m starting to learn what news embargos mean: it is the deadline that in the rush for getting eye balls is never respected.  

Original title and link: Basho Raises Funding for Expanding Market Reach (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)

IA Ventures: We’re All About Big Data

IA Ventures was founded on the belief that managing and extracting value from massive, occasionally unstructured, often real-time data sets is a competitive advantage.


We invest in talented early stage teams fueling this revolution with the development of innovative tools, technologies and analytics for managing and extracting value from big-data—both structured and unstructured.

50 mil. awaiting to be invested in Big Data companies.

Original title and link: IA Ventures: We’re All About Big Data (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)

MongoDB: Agile + Scaling

A short round up of MongoDB pros through the eyes of Albert Wenger, a VC (!):

As I wrote last week, I created Preditter as a project to use some of the technologies that we have invested in. […] Up today: MongoDB (which has been created by the team at 10gen). Here too, I was blown away by the ease of getting going.


  • easiness to get started
  • the “beauty” of the document model

Personally, I’d say this list should be quite a bit longer. But what I’d really be interested to hear is what are the minuses/threats a VC sees in MongoDB.

Original title and link: MongoDB: Agile + Scaling (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)


VC Perspective on BigData and NoSQL Databases

Fantastic overview of the BigData and NoSQL databases market from a VC:

[…] Though many companies in the Fortune 1000 are starting to experiment with Hadoop, today only 10-20% of enterprises need big data solutions. This number could grow as high as 40-50% in 5 years.


Too many NoSQL database companies have already been created (Cloudera, 10gen, MongoDB, VoltDB, CouchDB, etc). While the user interest in such databases is increasing (many Fortune 1000 companies have started Hadoop evaluation projects), the market won’t be able to sustain them. I expect to see significant consolidation in the next 3-5 years.


For no reason apparent to me, NoSQL database companies are trying to reinvent the data warehousing and business intelligence infrastructures that have been created over the years.

Note also the fantastic BigData definition:

The data in these sets is at the terabyte or petabyte scale, it is semi-structured, highly distributed, and much of it is of unknown value so it must be processed quickly to identify the interesting parts to keep.

VC Perspective on BigData and NoSQL Databases originally posted on the NoSQL blog: myNoSQL