10 Top Big Data Startups to Watch--Final Rankings

The votes are in for CIO.com's 10 hottest big data startups to watch. Here are the final rankings based on your voting as well as a variety of other criteria such as funding and company leadership.

By Jeff Vance
Tue, July 16, 2013
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SiSense

6. SiSense actually finished lower than 6 in voting, but they offer a fast, flexible, coding-free Big Data solution that even smaller companies on tight budgets can take advantage of. At the same time, major enterprises have bought into SiSense's approach, as well. SiSense has attracted an impressive list of top-tier customers, including NASA, ESPN and eBay. The company is also backed by $14 million in funding.

Cloudant

7. Cloudant's Database-as-a-Service has attracted more than 12,000 multi-tenant customers, including Samsung, DHL, Monsanto, Salesforce.com (Heroku), SourceFire, Hot Head Games, Flurry, AppAdvice, and LiveMocha. The company closed a $12 million second round of funding in May, bringing total funding to $16 million.

Skytree

8. If we didn't take voting into account, Skytree would probably rank in the top 5. We like their machine-learning approach to Big Data analytics, and they raked in $18 million in their Series A funding round (closed in April 2013). Despite being such a newcomer to this space (founded in 2012), they can already claim eHarmony, SETI, USGA and Adconion Media as customers.

SumAll

9. SumAll is positioned in one of the more competitive Big Data sub-sectors: social media, sales and marketing analytics. They're backed by $7.5 million in two rounds from Battery Ventures, Wellington Partners, Matrix and General Catalyst. Customers include Siemens, Diamond Candles and Urbio.

Xplenty

10. Somebody had to finish tenth, and Xplenty is probably disappointed by that. They shouldn't be. This list of 10 Big Data Startups to Watch was culled from more than 100 recommendations. Then, after posting a list of 42 nominees on Startup50, they had to beat out not just the 32 startups that didn't make the final cut, but also the numerous Big Data startups that we overlooked and had to consider when putting the final list together.

Xplenty should be proud. Now, they should probably set their sights on fundraising and getting customers on the record.

Jeff Vance is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer who focuses on next-generation technology trends. Follow him on Twitter @ JWVance.

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