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Cloud security startup Clumio raises $135 mn in Series C funding

Bloomberg Bengaluru | Updated on November 20, 2019 Published on November 20, 2019

Clumio Inc., a two-year-old cloud-security startup, said its raised $135 million in a Series C funding round, as it expands to help corporations with data protection.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said the new fundraising was led by Mike Speiser, managing director of Sutter Hill Ventures and new investor, Altimeter Capital Management. Clumio, which came out of stealth mode in August, has raised a total of $186 million so far.

The funding reflects the growing demand for what’s known as software as a service, or SaaS, which allows customers to use software without installing it on their own computers or building their own data centres. Clumio’s speciality is working with companies and governments to back up and protect their data, a task of increasing importance.

Next-gen enterprises are going to be built entirely on the cloud and data will be their most valuable asset, Poojan Kumar, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a telephone interview from his headquarters. In data protection, we are taking a Salesforce-type of approach instead of an Oracle-like one.

Kumar grew up in India, and his company has its development centre in Bangalore. He played national-level, competitive chess before heading to the Indian Institute of Technology and then getting a masters degree in computer science from Stanford University.

The global market for SaaS applications is expected to jump to $185 billion from 2022 from $100 billion in 2018, according to researcher IDC. The data protection as a service market, including backup and disaster recovery cloud services, is projected to grow to $10 billion by that year.

Kumar, one of Clumio’s two Indian-origin co-founders of its total three, said the funding would help accelerate the growth of its engineering team in Santa Clara and its new development centre in Bangalore, as well as expand its market and service operations. The startup has about 100 employees, and its customers are in insurance, health care and banking.

Published on November 20, 2019
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