COSSI: $100M+ Revenue Commercial Open-Source Software Company Index
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Originally authored by
Joseph Jacks
in September, 2013.
Criteria: This sheet (COSSI: the "Commercial OSS" - COSS - company index) includes COSS companies that have ever historically or currently reached $100M or more in annual revenues of any kind.
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Actively maintained
by COSS Media.
COSS Definition: A given company that, fundamentally, would have no compelling reason to exist without the paralell existence of a largely singular Open Source core project.
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CompanyCompany CreationProject CreationVC Raised (M)EmployeesEst. Revenue (M)
Est. Valuation (B)
Public/PrivateStatusOutcomeExit Value (B)Exit DateTechnology AreaBusiness ModelOSS OriginCore Project(s)OSS LicenseFoundation-Based
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WP Engine20102003$290700$150$1.0PrivateIndependentContent Management SystemOpen CorePersonal projectWordpressGPL v2https://wordpressfoundation.org/
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VA Linux (Geeknet)19931991$30300$120$0.2PrivateAcquiredIPO$0.1512/9/99Computer SystemsHardware SalesPersonal projectLinuxGPL v2No, pre-LF
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Talend20052006$1001,300$200$2.0PublicIndependentIPO$0.557/28/16SOA/ETL/AI/MiddlewareOpen CoreCompany projectTalend Data IntegrationApache 2.0No
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SUSE19921991-1,500$400$2.5
Public (via Novell) + Private (MicroFocus/PE) + PE (EQT)
M&A$2.5011/4/03Operating System (Linux)Support SubscriptionsPersonal projectLinux KernelGPL v2https://www.linuxfoundation.org/
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SugarCRM20042004$123440$175$1.0PrivatePEPE8/20/18CRMPreviously Open CoreCompany projectSugarCRMPreviously A2.0No
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Sourcefire20011998$40600$500$3.0Public (via Cisco)AcquiredM&A$2.7010/7/13Network Intrusion DetectionOpen CorePersonal projectSnortGPL v2No
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Smile1991N/A$51,600$100$1.0PrivateIndependentM&AIntegrator Open CoresManyManyManyYes
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Red Hat19931991$513,100$3,500$34.5PublicAcquiredIPO + M&A$34.008/11/99OS, Middleware, Infrastructure SoftwareSupport SubscriptionsPersonal projectLinuxGPL v2https://www.linuxfoundation.org/
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Puppet Labs20052005$142560$250$2.5PrivateIndependentConfiguration ManagementOpen CoreCompany projectPuppetApache 2.0No
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Pivotal20132009$1,7002,400$800$3.5PublicAcquiredIPO$4.004/20/18PaaS / Hadoop / SpringOpen CoreCompany project (VMware)CloudFoundryApache 2.0https://www.cloudfoundry.org/foundation/
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Pentaho20042004$75670$150$1.0Public (via Hitachi)AcquiredM&A$0.606/4/15BI/ETLOpen CoreCompany projectPentahoApache 2.0No
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Odoo20052005$105800$250$1.5PrivateIndependentBusiness ApplicationsOpen CoreCompany projectOdooLGPL v3https://odoo-community.org/
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Nicira20072009$42100$2,000$1.3Public (via VMware)AcquiredM&A$1.267/23/12SDN / Network Virtualization Open CoreAcademia/Research (Stanford)Open vSwitchApache 2.0http://openvswitch.org/
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Neo4j20072007$160300$100$1.0PrivateIndependentGraph Database Open CoreCompany Project Neo4jGPLv3No
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MySQL AB19951995$41800$1,000$1.1Public (via Oracle)AcquiredM&A$1.102/26/08Relational DatabaseOpen CoreCompany projectMySQLGPL v2No
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MuleSoft20062003$2501,750$700$8.0Public (via SFDC)AcquiredIPO + M&A$6.503/20/18MiddlewareOpen CorePersonal projectMule ESBCPALNo
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Mozilla Corporation20032002$31,100$550$5.0PrivateIndependentWeb BrowserAds/RoyaltiesSpin-out (Netscape)FirefoxMPLv2
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/
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MongoDB (fka 10gen)20072009$3111,500$400$9.0PublicIndependentIPO$1.6010/19/17NoSQL DatabaseOpen CoreSpin-out (10gen)MongoDBSSPL (not OSI)No
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Mirantis19992010$220500$100$1.0PrivateIndependentInfrastructure SoftwareOpen CoreAcademia/Research (NASA)OpenStackApache 2.0https://www.openstack.org/foundation/
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Mapbox 20102010$230450$100$1.5PrivateIndependentMapping SoftwareOpen Core
Company project (DevelopmentSeed)
Mapbox GL JSBSD-3No
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Magento Commerce20072008$272700$200$1.7Public (via Adobe)AcquiredM&A$1.685/20/18Web Content Mgmt SystemOpen CoreCompany project (Varien)MagentoOSL v3, AFL v3No
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Liferay20042000-870$250$2.5PrivateIndependentEnterprise PortalOpen CoreCompany projectLiferay PortalLGPL v2.1+No
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Kaltura20062009$166.00480$200$1.5Private IndependentVideo Editing Platform Open CoreCompany projectKalturaAGPL v3No
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JFrog20082007$230460$150$1.5PrivateIndependentSoftware Artifact RepositoryOpen CoreCompany projectArtifactoryAGPL v3No
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JetBrains20002009-800$350$4.0PrivateIndependentDeveloper ToolsOpen CoreCompany projectIntelliJApache 2.0No
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Instructure20082011$901,420$220$1.4PublicIndependentIPO$0.6511/13/2015Learning Management Open CoreCompany projectCanvasAGPL v3No
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Hortonworks20112006$2501,500$400$1.5PublicMergedIPO$0.7012/11/2014Big Data / Hadoop EcosystemSupport SubscriptionsInternet-Scale (Google)HadoopApache 2.0http://hadoop.apache.org/
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HashiCorp20122010$175560$150$2.5PrivateIndependentDeveloper / Ops / Infra ToolsOpen CorePersonal projectManyMPLv2No
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GitHub20092005$3501,550$400$7.5Public (via MSFT)AcquiredM&A$7.506/4/18Distributed Source Code Version ControlOpen CorePersonal projectGitGPL v2No
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ForgeRock20102005$140550$120$1.5PrivateIndependentIdentity and Access ManagementOpen CoreSpin-out (Sun)OpenAM/IDM/DJ/IGCDDLNo
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Fastly20112006$220550$200$2.0PublicIndependentIPO$2B+5/18/19CDNOpen CoreInternet-Scale (Verdens Gang)VarnishBSDNo
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Elastic20122010$1621,600$400$5.0PublicIndependentIPO$2.5B10/5/18Distributed Search Index + ToolsOpen CorePersonal projectElasticSearchApache 2.0Lucene in ASF (basis for ElasticSearch)
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Datastax20102008$190580$150$2.5PrivateIndependentNoSQL DatabaseOpen CoreInternet-Scale (Facebook)CassandraApache 2.0http://cassandra.apache.org/
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Databricks20132010$9001,000$250$6.5PrivateIndependentBig Data / Hadoop EcosystemOpen CoreAcademia/Research (AMPLab)SparkApache 2.0https://spark.apache.org/
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Confluent20142011$205800$150$2.5PrivateIndependentBig Data / Middleware / StreamingOpen CoreInternet-Scale (LinkedIn)KafkaApache 2.0http://kafka.apache.org/
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Coinbase20122009$5461,100$1,500$8.0PrivateIndependent
Cryptocurrency Wallet/Exchange/Platform
Open CorePersonal project (Anonymous)Bitcoin/EthereumMIT/A2.0Yes
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Cloudera20082006$1,1003,200$500$1.7PublicIPOIPO$1.904/28/17Big Data / Hadoop EcosystemOpen CoreInternet-Scale (Google)HadoopApache 2.0http://hadoop.apache.org/
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Chef20082009$105350$100$1.0PrivateIndependentConfiguration ManagementSupport SubscriptionsPersonal projectChefApache 2.0No
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Canonical20042004-630$150$1.5PrivateIndependentOperating System (Linux)Open CoreCompany projectUbuntuGPLUbuntu Foundation
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Automattic20052003$3171,150$300$3.0PrivateIndependentContent Management SystemOpen CorePersonal projectWordpressGPL v2https://wordpressfoundation.org/
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Alfresco20052005$70460$100$0.3PrivatePEPE$0.302/8/18ECM <> BPMOpen CoreCompany projectAlfrescoLGPL v3No
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Acquia20072000$200930$200$1.5PrivatePEPE$1.509/24/19Web Content Mgmt SystemOpen CorePersonal projectDrupalGPL v2Yes
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