Looker Data Sciences

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Looker Data Sciences
Type Privately held company
Industry Computer Software, Business Intelligence
Headquarters Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Key people Lloyd Tabb (Founder, CTO), Ben Porterfield (CoFounder & VP Engineering), Frank Bien (CEO), Marc Randolph (Director)
Investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures, and PivotNorth.
Number of employees 180(approx.)
Related Certifications Certificate in Data Science Industry Overview

Looker brings data-driven decision-making to every level of an enterprise with a data platform that allows users to explore and save data without much technical knowledge.


In March 2013, Looker announced $2M is seed funding led by First Round Capital and PivotNorth Capital.[1]

In August 2013, $16M funding was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation by prior investor First Round Capital. [2]

In March 2015, Looker announced a $30M Series B funding round led by Meritech Capital Partners with participation from Sapphire Ventures, and existing investors Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth. [3]

In January 2016, Looker was supported by a $48 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. [4]


The Looker data platform helps teams to visualize data from various sources(MySQL, Amazon Web Services,etc.).

It also offers BI tools, and also embeds Looker analytics into applications.

The platform uses machine learning to inspect and discover data relationships, then allows analysts to create and curate custom data experiences using LookML. The employees can explore and utilize the data of relevance to them.


The featured technology partners are Amazon, Microsoft, HP and Google. [5]

The technology partners are IBM, Teradata, Pivotal, Cloudera, Databricks, Oracle, Snoplow, Treasure Data, Data Virtuality, Mparticle, Snowflake, Qubit, Xplenty, Fivetran, Alooma, Segment and RJmetrics.[6]

The System Integrator & Consultant Partners are Slalom, Version1, Bytecode IO, StratApps, SoftNet Solutions, Novum Partners, Lining, Inquida Consulting, CBIG Consulting, Claraview, Clarity Solution, Northbay, Leroi, iiS Technolgy, Data Fact, Menlo Technologies, Chateaux Software, Xl Group, Arquino Digital Studio, Clone Consulting, Data Driven, Datasticians, Grio Technologies and Silicus.[7]


Product Family Description
LookML It's a proprietary language that simplifies the process of scripting and recycling SQL queries.” [8]
Looker Data Platform This product finds, explores, understands the data and creates a customizable data platform for the clients. [9]
Looker Data Apps These are analytical applications for business units and departments that allow clients to make data-driven decisions.[10]
Looker Blocks It is a pattern language for analytics intended to make it easy for data analysts to quickly build a custom data platform. [11]


The companies using Looker Data Platform are Yahoo, Hipcamp, Hubspot, TransferWise, Venmo, Twilio, Carbonite, Upworthy, Asana, Lyst, DonorsChoose.org, Dollar Shave Club, Infectious Media, Snagajob and Simply Business.[12]


Looker’s competition includes modern BI solutions from IBM-owned Cognos, Tableau, QlikTech, and others.

Legacy BI platforms from the likes of SAP, Oracle, or GoodData are also competing with Looker. [13]

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  1. https://pando.com/2013/03/06/looker-launches-out-of-stealth-with-2m-to-make-manual-sql-queries-a-thing-of-the-past/
  2. http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/13/looker-scores-16m-from-redpoint-to-take-on-tableau-sap-in-business-intelligence/
  3. http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkepes/2015/03/11/looker-raises-30m-to-further-its-analytics-aims/#149140144368
  4. http://venturebeat.com/2016/01/14/data-analytics-startup-looker-raises-48m-led-by-kleiner-perkins/
  5. https://looker.com/partners
  6. https://looker.com/partners
  7. https://looker.com/partners
  8. https://looker.com/product
  9. https://looker.com/product
  10. https://looker.com/news/press/looker-unveils-looker-data-apps
  11. https://looker.com/product
  12. https://looker.com/customers
  13. https://pando.com/2013/08/13/looker-announces-16m-series-a-and-a-savvy-new-ceo-rise-above-stodgy-old-bi-solutions/

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