Jay Kreps, CEO
Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.,
Confluent develops commercial software and services around Kafka, an open-source, stream-processing platform for processing and analyzing streams of data in real time. Confluent’s software helps businesses maximize the value of live data in such industries as retail, financial services, manufacturing, media and logistics management. In 2017 Confluent debuted KSQL, an open-source streaming SQL engine that enables continuous, interactive queries on Kafka, allowing developers familiar with SQL to build applications that work with Kafka. The company also began offering a cloud version of its software in November. Confluent was founded in 2014 by some of some of the engineers who originally developed Kafka.