Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Cockroachs Labs is the New York based company behind Cockroach DB, an open source, distributed SQL database.

Cockroach Labs was founded in 2015 by Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and Ben Darnell. The three previously worked at Google, and developed Viewfinder, a photo-sharing platform acquired by Square in 2013. CockroachDB 1.0 was released in May 2017.


As the name implies, the aim behind Cockroach DB is to be hard to kill. The database wants to emulate the cockroaches staying power through replication and distribution. CockroachDB is distributed across geographically diverse data centers to increase resilience.

Geographic distribution

The geographically distributed database supports multi-master capability, giving databases the ability to read and write data on a local replica without having to access a central master. Replication in this manner protects the database from downtime, lost data and increases availability.


Cockroach Labs launched Cockroach DB as open source software with their code under Apache License version 2. They launched a managed service with gated features under an enterprise license. In 2019, in response to a rise in well-positioned companies integrating open-sourced software, Cockroach Labs changed their licensing terms to prohibit anyone from offering a commercial version of CockroachDB without a license.


The geographically distributed database could increase local compliance over data privacy and data localization concerns.

Series A

In June 2015 Cockroach Labs announced a funding of $6.25 million. The round, led by Benchmark – whose Peter Fenton joined Cockroach Labs board– included Techammer, Sequoia Capital, Moisey Uretsky, GV, Florian Leibert and FirstMark Capital.

Series A1

In March 2016 Cockroach Labs raised $20 million. Index Ventures led the round which included Benchmark, FirstMark Capital, GV and Work-Bench.

Series B

In May 2017 Cockroach Labs raised $27 million. Redpoint led the round, which included Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark Capital.

Series C

In August 2019 Cockroach Labs raised $55 million. Altimeter Capital, Tiger Global Management and GV led the round, which included Benchmark, Index Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Redpoint and Work-Bench.


January 12, 2021
Cockroach Labs scores $160M Series E.
January 2021
Cockroach Labs raises a $2,000,000,000 series E round from Altimeter Capital, Benchmark, Bond, FirstMark Capital V, L.P., GV, Greenoaks Capital, Index Ventures, Lone Pine and Tiger Global Ltd..
May 5, 2020
Cockroach Labs scores $86.6M Series D funding round. Altimeter Capital and Bond co-led the round with participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Capital and FirstMark Capital.
May 5, 2020
Cockroach Labs raises a $88,600,000 series D round from Altimeter Capital.
August 6, 2019
Cockroach Labs raises $55 Million Series C

Cockroach Labs announces it raised $55 million in a Series C round co-led by Altimeter Capital, Tiger Global, and GV.

Prior to this round, the company had raised $53.5 million across two roughly equally-sized Series A and Series B rounds.

Its Series C round effectively doubles the venture capital Cockroach Labs has raised to date, to $108.5 million.

August 2019
Cockroach Labs raises a $55,000,000 series C round from Altimeter Capital, Benchmark, FirstMark Capital, GV, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Tiger Global Ltd. and Work-Bench Ventures.
May 10, 2017
Cockroach Labs announces $27M Series B and enterprise tier for its reliable database

Today's $27 million Series B is being led by Redpoint with participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark.

May 2017
Cockroach Labs raises a $27,000,000 series B round from Benchmark, FirstMark Capital, GV, Index Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.
April 12, 2016
Cofounder and CEO Spencer Kimball spoke with AlleyWatch about their latest round of funding and gave us the insider info on what their name is about.
June 4, 2015
Cockroach Labs, the startup behind an open source database called CockroachDB, announced today that Benchmark has led the startup's first round of funding, a series A totaling $6.25 million.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Cockroach Labs funding round, August 2019
August 2019
4 Results
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Aayush Shah

Software Engineering Intern

Aditya Maru

Backend Engineering Intern

Alfonso Subiotto Marqués

Member of Technical Staff

Amruta Ranade

Senior Technical Writer

Andrei Matei

Member of Technical Staff

Andrew Deally

Sales Engineer

Andrew Kryczka

Member of Technical Staff

Andrew Werner

Member of Technical Staff

Andy Kimball

Member of Technical Staff

Andy Woods

Product Manager

Anne Birzin

Staff Product Designer

Armen Kopoyan

GM, International Sales

Arul Ajmani

Software Engineering Intern

Becca Taft

Member of Technical Staff

Ben Mangum

Account Executive

Benjamin Darnell

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Bilal Akhtar

Member of Technical Staff

Bob Vawter

Member of Technical Staff

Bram Gruneir

Technical Account Manager

Brian Jackson

Senior Director, Sales Operations

Carlo Ruiz

Member of Technical Staff

Carolyn Parrish

Sales Development Representative

Celia La

Member of Technical Staff

Champa Lo

Senior Creative Designer

Charles Sutton

Account Executive

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Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


CockroachDB: The SQL Database for Global Cloud Services

October 10, 2017




January 19, 2021
The Pulse of New York Tech
January 12, 2021
The Pulse of New York Tech
Sophia Kunthara
January 12, 2021
Crunchbase News
The new round of funding comes less than a year after the company last raised money. Cockroach Labs last raised an $86.6 million Series D in May 2020.
Ron Miller
January 12, 2021
Cockroach Labs, makers of CockroachDB, have been on a fundraising roll for the last couple of years. Today the company announced a $160 million Series E on a fat $2 billion valuation. The round comes just eight months after the startup raised an $86.6 million Series D. The latest investment was led by Altimeter Capital [...]
Ron Miller
May 5, 2020
Cockroach Labs, the NYC enterprise database company, announced an $86.6 million Series D funding round today. The company was in no mood to talk valuations, but was happy to have a big chunk of money to help build on its recent success and ride out the current economic malaise. Altimeter Capital and Bond co-led the [...]
Ron Miller
August 6, 2019
Cockroach Labs, makers of CockroachDB, sits in a tough position in the database market. On one side, it has traditional database vendors like Oracle, and on the other there's AWS and its family of databases. It takes some good technology and serious dollars to compete with those companies. Cockroach took care of the latter with [...]


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