Looker (Software)

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Looker Data Sciences (doing business as Looker) is an American computer software company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. Looker markets a data exploration and discovery business intelligence platform.[1]


The company was founded in Santa Cruz, California in January, 2012 by Lloyd Tabb and Ben Porterfield. The product grew out of Tabb's experience building software at companies like Netscape, LiveOps, and Luminate before founding Looker.

Looker makes use of a simple modeling language called LookML that lets data teams define the relationships in their database so business users can explore, save, and download data without needing to know the SQL query language. The product was the first commercially available business intelligence platform built for and aimed at scalable or massively parallel relational database management systems like Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, HP Vertica, Netezza, and Teradata.

On August 13, 2013, Looker announced a Series A round of funding from Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth Capital, raising more than $18M.[2] Prior to the Series A round, Looker raised $2M in a seed round from First Round Capital and PivotNorth Capital.[2] On March 11, 2015 Looker raised $30M in series B funding.[3] In July, 2015, Jen Grant joined as chief marketing officer, and the company estimated it has 140 employees.[4] On January 14, 2016 Looker raised $48M in series C funding from Kleiner Perkins Claufield & Byers.[5] At that time, the company estimated 450 customers, including Jet.com.[6] On June 21st, 2016 Looker celebrated the release of "Winning With Data," a book coauthored by Looker CEO, Frank Bien and Redpoint Partner, Tomasz Tunguz.[7]


  1. "Looker". Looker. http://www.looker.com/. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carney, Michael (August 13, 2013). "Looker announces a $16M Series A and a savvy new CEO to rise above stodgy old BI solutions". PandoDaily. http://pando.com/2013/08/13/looker-announces-16m-series-a-and-a-savvy-new-ceo-rise-above-stodgy-old-bi-solutions/. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  3. Ben Kepes (March 11, 2015). "Looker Raises $30M To Further Its Analytics Aims". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkepes/2015/03/11/looker-raises-30m-to-further-its-analytics-aims/. 
  4. Dylan Tweney (July 1, 2015). "Fast-growing data analytics company Looker hires former Box exec Jen Grant". Venture Beat. 
  5. "Looker Series C Funding from Kleiner Perkins". Press release. Looker Data Sciences. January 14, 2016. http://www.looker.com/news/press/looker-secures-48-million-series-c-funding-from-kleiner-perkins. 
  6. Jordan Novet (January 14, 2016). "Data analytics startup Looker raises $48 million, led by Kleiner Perkins". Venture Beat. 
  7. Isenberg, Sara (2016-08-20). "Audio: Tomasz Tunguz & Frank Bien discuss Winning with Data book". http://www.santacruztechbeat.com/2016/08/19/audio-tomasz-tunguz-frank-bien-discuss-winning-data-book/. 

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