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Looker (company)

Looker (company)

Looker is a business intelligence software company providing data access tools to organizations and data analysts.

Looker is a developer of a business intelligence and big data analytics platform designed to bring better insights and data-driven decisions to every business. The company's cloud-based platform integrates data into the daily workflows to deliver business intelligence, digital marketing analytics, web event analytics and other functions, enabling businesses to extract real value from data at scale.

Approaching the Business Intelligence (BI) industry, Looker believes that businesses can only thrive when information is accessible and defined across the entire organization. Looker is building a discovery-driven businesses.

The intellectual property of Looker includes 4 registered patents primarily in the 'Computing; Calculating' category. Additionally, Looker has registered 7 trademarks with the most popular class being 'Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments'.


Looker announced the close of their Seed funding round on March 6, 2013 with a total raised amount of $2 million. PivotNorth Capital and First Round Capital participated in the round.

Series A

Announced on August 13, 2013, Looker raised $16 million in series A fund. Redpoint Ventures led the round with First Round Capital and James Everingham participating. Looker committed the funding towards expanding its sales team, keeping up with customer demand and hiring more engineers and investing in infrastructure.

Series B

Looker announced the close of their series B on March 11, 2015 with $30 million raised. The round was led by Meritech Capital Partners, with participation from Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth. Looker committed the raised capital to growing the company's technologically organically rather than by acquisition.

Series C

Announced on January 14, 2016, Looker closed their series C funding with $48 million raised. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Redpoint Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, and Sapphire Ventures. The conclusion of their series C brought Looker's total raised amount to $96 million. They committed the capital to continuing to grow the company.

Series D

On March 30, 2017, Looker announced the close of their series D funding round with a total raised amount of $81.5 million. CapitalG led the round with participation from Geodesic Capital, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Sapphire Ventures. Looker planned to use the raised capital to invest in integrations, database technologies, and investments in sales and marketing and international expansion.

Series E

Looker announced the close of their series E funding on December 6, 2018 with $103 million raised and a $1.6 billion valuation. PremjiInvest led the round with participation from Cross Creek Advisors, Redpoint Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Goldman Sachs and CapitalG. At the close of the round, Looker announced they had achieved 1,600 companies and had crossed the $100 million revenue run rate and that they were growing 70 percent year over year.


On June 6, 2019 Google announced their intention to acquire Looker for $2.6 billion. Google planned to add Looker's software to the Google Cloud, which head of Google Cloud Thomas Kurian suggested would create a more complete data analytics solution for customers.

On December 2, 2019, The Competition and Markets Authority of the United Kingdom announced the preparation of a probe into Google's acquisition of Looker over concerns that the merger of the companies would harm competition in the United Kingdom's cloud computing market.


December 4, 2019
Google/Looker cleared in Europe.

Austria's Federal Competition Authority - the only enforcer in the European Economic Area to mandate notification of Google's proposed acquisition of Looker Data Sciences - has cleared the deal unconditionally.

December 3, 2019
Botify Teams Up with Looker to Integrate Search Data Into Key Dashboards for a More Robust View of Website Performance.
December 2, 2019
Google's Looker takeover faces UK competition probe.

CMA will assess whether merger will harm UK market.

June 6, 2019
Google announced plans to buy Looker

The cost of the deal was listed as $2.6b in cash.

December 2018
Looker raises a $103,000,000 series E round from CapitalG, Cross Creek, IVP, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, PremjiInvest and Redpoint Ventures.
March 2017
Looker raises a $81,500,000 series D round from CapitalG, Geodesic Capital, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Sapphire Ventures.
August 13, 2013
Looker raises a $16,000,000 series A round from First Round Capital and Redpoint Ventures.
March 6, 2013
Looker raises a $2,000,000 seed round from First Round Capital and PivotNorth Capital.

Funding rounds



Barbara Lawler

Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer

Ben Porterfield

Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering

Colin Zima

Chief Analytics Officer

Daniel Mintz

Chief Data Evangelist

Frank Bien

Chief Executive Officer

Jen Grant

Chief Marketing Officer

Joe Moran

Chief Financial Officer

John O'Keeffe

Vice President of EMEA

Keenan Rice

Vice President of Alliances

Lambert Billet

Chief Revenue Officer

Lloyd Tabb

Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO

Marc Randolph


Nick Caldwell

Chief Product Officer

Ryan Gurney

Chief Security Officer

Shoji Ozawa

Japan Country Manager

Tait Kirkham

Vice President of Customer Success

Teresa Swart

Chief of Staff, Vice President Operations

Tricia Timm

General Counsel

Further reading


Looker + Google: How The Deal Will Rock The BI World

Tom Taulli


June 9, 2019

The Inside Story of How This Startup Turned a 216-Word Pitch Email into a $2.6 Billion Acquisition


July 2, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


How To Use Looker as a Business User

April 26, 2017

Looker 7: Accelerating Insights to Action by Infusing Data Experiences Into Workflows

November 21, 2019

Looker: A Modern Data Science Workflow

May 15, 2018




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