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The Top 10 Hottest Cloud Computing Startup Companies Of 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

The list includes startups like data catalog software company Alation, cloud application delivery automation company Oatfin and cloud-based material management operating system provider Livegistics.

Kong

CEO: Aghi Marietti

Headquarters: San Francisco

Cloud connectivity company Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation.

The Kong Konnect service connectivity platform for cloud-native applications delivers end-to-end connectivity and visibility for services in multi-cloud environments. It became generally available in May, allowing users to design, deploy and optimize APIs with collaborative tools and granular analytics; build global service catalogs to simplify discovery, re-use and governance of enterprise services; and provision and manage high-performance runtimes in the environments of their choice.

In February, Kong announced $100 million raised in Series D funding led by New York’s Tiger Global Management, bringing its total funding to $171 million and tripling its valuation to $1.4 billion since its Series C funding round in March 2019. Kong planned to use the funding to scale its go-to-market operations, add engineering and customer experience talent, and accelerate cloud connectivity with Kong Konnect.

Kong ranked in CRN’s mid-year “10 hottest cloud computing startups of 2021” list as well. CEO, President and co-founder Augusto “Aghi” Marietti previously founded a startup called Mashape API Marketplace. It was acquired by RapidAPI in 2017, according to his LinkedIn account.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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