The majority of the rounds closed in 2016 are early-stage rounds, which shows that this is a sector where innovation is taking place, where there is still a long way to go, and where products are still being tested in the market. However, the fact that renowned investors such as Andreessen Horowitz or Accel Partners, are among the most active investors in the sector, make big data for analytics a sector in which it makes sense to invest.
The most active investor New Enterprise Associateshas participated in a total of 17 rounds in the big data sector for data analytics. New Enterprise invests in companies in very different sectors, ranging from the energy sector to the technology sector, including healthcare. It also participates in rounds at different stages. This year 2016 we have detected that it has participated in both seed rounds (Node) and very advanced rounds (Onshape $105M).
NEA, he has also been involved in Spanish companies such as Wallapopwhich it entered last year to push the virtual second-hand marketplace as it expands across the US.
Among the investments it has made in the big data analytics sector, it is worth highlighting the one made in Pentaho in 2012, for being one of the first rounds made in the sector, as well as for the amount raised ($23M), which was quite high for a big data company in 2012. In 2015 Pentaho was sold to Hitachi Data Systems. Pentaho is a business intelligence tool that analyses business data and allows you to make reports.
The last investment made in this sector was in September 2016, in the company DataRobot. The $33M round was led by Nea, but other investors such as Accomplice and Intel Capital also participated. DataRobot is a predictive analytics platform for companies.
The second most active investor, with 15 deals closed in the sector in Andreessen Horowitz. This American investor has invested in companies and has included among the 16 most investable trends in the coming years, machine learning, together with big data that allows analytical prediction.
Among the companies in which Andressen Horrowitz has invested in the sector is Platfora.
Platforaprovides a set of visual data analysis tools for data that is in Hadoop, including query and reporting capabilities. Last year, Platfora also expanded its analytics software to work with data from sensors, machines and other devices. Andressen Horrowtz has participated in several rounds conducted by this company, most recently in December 201.5.
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