10. Proximal Data
CEO: Rory Bolt
Proximal Data, based in San Diego, makes AutoCache software, which prevents I/O bottlenecks in virtual server environments by caching storage across virtual machines. Its leadership team includes CEO and founder Rory Bolt, who was previously with NetApp and EMC Avamar; and chief scientist Clay Mayers, who was previously with EMC Captiva.
Earlier this month Proximal Data landed a $2 million VC funding round led by Divergent Ventures, with participation from Avalon Ventures. The startup has raised $5 million since its founding in 2011.