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MapR Closed $110 Million Financing Led by Google Capital

The financing will be used by MapR to continue its growth in the Big Data and analytics segment

MapR Technologies, Inc., completed a $110 million financing. Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures. In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

"MapR helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop rapidly and reliably, generating significant business results,” said Gene Frantz, general partner at Google Capital. “We led this round of funding because we believe MapR has a great solution for enterprise customers, and they’ve built a strong and growing business.” In conjunction with this investment, Mr. Frantz will join the MapR Board of Directors.

"Google has a long-standing commitment to Hadoop, making Google Capital an ideal investor for MapR. This investment round recognizes our customers’ rapid adoption, their tremendous results and ROI, and also the capital efficiency of our business model,” said John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder of MapR Technologies. “It’s extremely gratifying to bring these high-caliber strategic investors on board, including Qualcomm who is the leader in the mobile ecosystem and also at the forefront of the Internet of Things, to help us accelerate growth and position the company for global leadership. Our installed base of more than 500 paying licensees provides a strong foundation and we are excited to move forward with the tremendous resources from our new and current financial investors.”

The financing will be used by MapR to continue its growth in the big data and analytics segment. MapR tripled bookings in the first quarter of 2014 over 2013 and the new funding will increase worldwide go-to-market programs to accelerate the deployment of MapR in mission-critical, real-time, and operational use cases.

“Hadoop is a cornerstone for the big data ecosystem, and MapR has demonstrated its leadership in the space,” said Albert Wang, director, Qualcomm Ventures. “We invested in MapR because of the strength of its technology in leveraging the expanding Internet of Things and providing immediate business benefits."

MapR has significant production Hadoop environments in financial services, healthcare, media, retail, telecommunications, and Web 2.0 companies. The investment will also fund additional engineering resources to further its technology advantage and support open source projects, such as Apache Drill, Hadoop 2.2 with YARN, and Apache Spark.

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