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Heptio raises $25M Series B to help bring cloud-native computing to the enterprise

Heptio raises $25M Series B to help bring cloud-native computing to the enterprise
From TechCrunch - September 13, 2017

Heptio, the startup founded by Kubernetes co-founders Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda (who started the open-source project together with Brendan Burns who is now at Microsoft), today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B funding round led by Madrona Venture partners. Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel Partners also joined in this round, which comes less than a year after the companys $8.5 million Series A round. Because it didnt have to, the Seattle-based company never raised a seed round.

Its been an amazing short eight months, Heptio CEO McLuckie told me. When we took that Series A, we didnt expect to raise another round this quickly. He added that the opportunity for bringing Kubernetesand other cloud-native technologiesto the enterprise may actually be bigger than the team anticipated. Indeed, he stressed that the opportunity here is bigger than just Kubernetes. Kubernetes is the kernel around which we are building this company, he noted. Around that, theres plenty of work to be done to make it easier for enterprises to adapt cloud-native computing and the new developer workflows that come with that idea. Kubernetes offers the container orchestration piece, but McLuckie argues that there are still plenty of other tools that need to be built around it.

When we looked at the momentum behind the project, it became clear that we would be well-served to take some additional money, McLuckie said.

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