Dell Technologies Capital Startups Rank High on Forbes “Cloud 100” List

The tech media loves lists, and rarely a day goes by when a new one isn’t published. Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with them, but one recent list caught my attention: The ForbesCloud 100.” The story accompanying the list invites readers to “meet the hottest private tech companies in cloud computing for 2017.”

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While it’s great to see many Dell customers and partners on the list, this year it’s especially exciting to see four Dell Technologies Capital portfolio companies in the Forbes “Cloud 100” (all four actually land in the top 40!).

Dell Technologies Capital is an active early-stage investor, funding more than 70 startups since its inception five years ago, with the mission of helping founders and their teams develop innovative technology solutions and bring them to market. The investment team is comprised of experienced industry veterans with a strong mix of both operational and investment expertise, giving them not only the insight to identify promising technologies and teams early-on but also the knowledge and skill to help the portfolio companies achieve scale. They do this astonishingly well, investing approximately $100 million dollars annually, and leveraging the power of the Dell brand and Dell Technologies family of companies to deliver innovative, cutting-edge solutions to our customers.

Kudos to all our portfolio companies that made the Forbes “Cloud 100” list!  It’s quite a distinction—especially given all the startups and mature companies vying for attention in an increasingly crowded space. These companies all have strong teams, clear vision and amazing technology that is helping customers in a real way—whether that be providing protection against cyber-attacks, enabling storage and analytics platforms for big data, or managing the litany of electronic transactions we all deal with on a daily basis.

Below are the four cloud startups in Dell Technologies Capital’s portfolio that made the ForbesCloud 100” list.

 #4 Docusign

DocuSign provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services. According to DocuSign, more than 200 million people currently use DocuSign to send and sign agreements online.

#13 Zscaler

Zscaler is a leading cloud security company, whose solutions, including the industry’s first Security as a Service platform, are used by more than 5,000 leading organizations, protecting more than 15 million users worldwide against cyber-attacks and data breaches.

#17 Cylance

Cylance’s technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict and prevent execution of advanced threats and malware at the endpoint.

 #40  MongoDB

MongoDB, Inc. is a software company developing and providing the leading, modern database platform. Built to run applications at scale across a broad range of use cases in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment, MongoDB works with companies in every industry, from startups to large enterprise organizations.

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About the Author: Russ Barck

Russ Barck heads the Marketing and Alliances activities for Dell Technologies Capital. His responsibilities include defining and driving marketing and press activities in-support of Dell Technologies Capital and it’s portfolio companies in addition to providing oversight and management of strategic Corporate Development alliances. Prior to his current role, Russ led EMC’s Technology Alliances team with responsibility for Cloud Native and Big Data partners as well as key strategic alliances in networking, virtualization and compute. Before joining EMC, Russ held several executive roles at Spansion (now Cypress Semiconductor), including Chief-of-Staff to the CEO, Strategic Planning & Restructuring, Corporate & Business Development and Product Development. Prior to Spansion, Russ helped launch and grow three technology startups in the mobile, networking and memory industries and spent 13 years at Intel Corporation. While at Intel, he held key leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development, strategic alliances and Intel Capital. Russ has a BS in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis and holds 4 patents related to security and mobile payments. He is based in Palo Alto, California.