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The 10 Hottest Tech Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

From cloud and edge to networking and security, here are CRN’s picks for the top tech startups that solution providers should know about right now.

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CEO: Amir Khan

Cloud networking-as-a-service startup Alkira emerged from stealth mode in 2020 with its consumption-based Cloud Services Exchange (CSX), a unified, on-demand offering that lets cloud architects and network engineers build and deploy a multi-cloud network in minutes. Since then, the company has announced a close collaboration with the Microsoft for Startups program, a select group of emerging businesses hand-picked by Microsoft for the benefits they offer to Microsoft Azure customers in their journey to the cloud. San Jose, Calif.-based Alkira is funded by Sequoia Capital, as well as Kleiner Perkins and GV. Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital jointly led Alkira’s Series A investment round in August, with GV investing in a follow-on round of financing totaling $30 million so far. The three-year-old startup is going to market primarily through channel partners, Alkira has told CRN.

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