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Snowflake Inc.

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Snowflake Inc. is a cloud-based data-warehousing startup that was founded in 2012. It has raised more than $900 million in venture capital, and is based in San Mateo, California. [1] It was publicly launched by Bob Muglia in 2014 after two years in stealth mode.[2][3]

Snowflake Inc.
IndustryData warehousing
Founded2012; 7 years ago (2012)
FounderBenoit Dageville, Thierry Cruanes and Marcin Zukowski
HeadquartersSan Mateo, California
Key people
Frank Slootman, CEO, Benoit Dageville, CTO, Thierry Cruanes, Architect, Marcin Zukowski, Vice President of Engineering
ProductsCloud-based data warehousing
Number of employees
1400 (2019)

Snowflake offers a cloud-based data storage and analytics service, generally termed "data warehouse-as-a-service".[4][5] It allows corporate users to store and analyze data using cloud-based hardware and software. Snowflake runs on Amazon S3 since 2014,[2] and on Microsoft Azure since 2018[6] It is being rolled out on Google Cloud Platform in 2019.[7][8] Its Snowflake Data Exchange allows customers to discover, exchange and securely share data.[9]


Snowflake Inc. was founded in 2012 in San Mateo, California by three data warehousing experts: Benoit Dageville, Thierry Cruanes and Marcin Zukowski. Dageville and Cruanes previously worked as data architects at Oracle Corporation; Zukowski was a co-founder of the Dutch start-up Vectorwise. The company's first CEO was Mike Speiser, a venture capitalist at Sutter Hill Ventures.[10] The company's name was chosen as a tribute to the founders' love of snow sports. [11]

Snowflake came out of stealth mode in October 2014[12] shortly after appointing former Microsoft executive Bob Muglia as CEO that June. The cloud data warehouse became generally available in June 2015[13][14] and had 80 organizations using it at that time.

Snowflake was identified as a "Cool Vendor" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant and won first place at the 2015 Strata + Hadoop World startup competition. Snowflake was listed as No. 2 on Forbes magazine's Cloud 100 list [15] in 2019, and was ranked No. 1 on LinkedIn's 2019 U.S. list of Top Startups.[16] As of 2018, Snowflake was used by over 1,000 organizations, including Capital One, Rent the Runway and Adobe.

In May 2019, Frank Slootman joined Snowflake as its new CEO.[7] In October 2019, Slootman said in a London press conference that Snowflake might pursue an initial public offering as early as the summer of 2020, but that many factors could change the timing. [17]


Snowflake's main venture-capital backers include Sutter Hill Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Redpoint Ventures Iconiq and Wing Venture Capital. The company raised $26 million before coming out of stealth and an additional $45 million was announced in June 2015.[18][19] A further $100 million was raised in April 2017.[20][21] In January 2018, Snowflake announced a $263 million investment round putting the company at a $1.5 billion unicorn valuation. [22] In October 2018, Snowflake raised another $450 million, raising its valuation to $3.5 billion.[4]


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  8. ^ Ichhpurani, Kevin (June 4, 2019). "Announcing Snowflake on Google Cloud Platform". Google Cloud Blog. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
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  18. ^ Vanian, Jonathan (June 23, 2015). "This big data startup is as unique as a snowflake". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  19. ^ Vanian, Jonathan (October 21, 2014). "With $26M, Snowflake Computing is hoping its take on data warehousing will hit the mainstream". Gigaom. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  20. ^ Dignan, Larry (April 5, 2017). "Snowflake Computing raises $100 million to expand cloud data warehouse footprint". ZDNet. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  21. ^ "Cloud data warehouse startup Snowflake raises $100 million led by Iconiq". VentureBeat. April 5, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  22. ^ Miller, Ron. "Snowflake lands massive $263 million investment on unicorn valuation". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-02-08.

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