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'.

Funding

Seed

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.

Acquisition

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.

Timeline

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.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Looker funding round, December 2018
103,000,000
December 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

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

Co-Founder

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

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

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

Tom Taulli

Web

June 9, 2019

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

Web

July 2, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

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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CEO
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Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Ron Miller
March 30, 2020
TechCrunch
Turbo Systems, a three-year old, no-code mobile app startup, announced today it has brought on industry veteran Jen Grant to be CEO. Grant, who was previously vice president of marketing at Box and chief marketing officer at Elastic and Looker, brings more than 15 years of tech company experience to the young startup. She says [...]
Rosalie Chan
November 6, 2019
Business Insider
Looker announced a new product called Looker 7. As Google Cloud and Looker prepare to close the deal, here's how Looker fits into Google's strategy.
Jack Nicas
June 6, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Google said it would acquire Looker for $2.6 billion in a bid to catch rivals in the cloud-computing industry.
April 25, 2019
WebWire
Looker a leading data platform company, was recognizedas one of the 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies To Work For in a list released by Battery Ventures, a global investment firm and cloud investor, with data specifically provided by Glassdoor *, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites. The list highlights 50 privately held companies -- all business-to-business, cloud-computing companies - where employees report the highest levels of satisfaction at work, acco...

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