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 $1.4 billion 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; 8 years ago (2012)
FounderBenoit Dageville, Thierry Cruanes and Marcin Zukowski
HeadquartersSan Mateo, California
Key people
Frank Slootman, Chairman and CEO; Benoit Dageville, President, Product; Thierry Cruanes, CTO; Marcin Zukowski, Co-Founder
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 Feb 9th, 2020, Snowflake has 3,400 active customers[17], 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. [18]

In September 2019, Snowflake was ranked #2 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list of 2019, a list that recognizes the best private cloud companies in the world.[19]


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.[20][21] A further $100 million was raised in April 2017.[22][23] In January 2018, Snowflake announced a $263 million investment round putting the company at a $1.5 billion unicorn valuation. [24] In October 2018, Snowflake raised another $450 million, raising its valuation to $3.5 billion.[4] It was announced on Feb 7th, 2020 that the company had raised another $479M USD, increasing their valuation to $12.4B USD.[25]


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