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From three engineers, a dog, and a dream to watching confetti fall at the opening bell of your IPO, we are there.

2004
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Xensource is founded in Palo Alto, California by Ian Pratt, Simon Crosby, Nick Gault, and Moshe Barr. Nick Sturiale joins the Xensource board as Sevin Rosen and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers are the two lead investors.
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January 2004: Splunk is born as Erik Swan and Rob Das begin working on the concept of building a platform for machine data and turning the data into real-time visibility, insight, and intelligence.
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“It’s great to work with an experienced GP at a firm because you get personal attention. If you want something custom and personal… that’s what a boutique is for.”

DECEMBER 2004
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Nick and David Hornik of August Capital invest in Splunk, then known as Transaction Engines. Nick, David, and the Splunk founders than go spelunking in California’s largest cave complex to celebrate the close of the deal.
Without Nick, Splunk would have been F*#!$^ on more than one occasion. Erik Swan, Splunk Co-Founder and CTO

Time fosters a connected relationship based on trust, transformational impact, and lasting value.

2005
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Frank joins the Xensource team as Vice President of Business Development from Accel Partners, where he was a member of the venture development team. Prior to Accel, Frank was the founder and CEO of Consera Software which was acquired by HP in 2004.
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The Splunk founding team works out of Nick’s office and treat themselves to the granola bars, yogurt, and beef jerky in the kitchen.
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Bonding with entrepreneurs through good and bad times.

2006
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Brad Silverberg, Cam Myhrvold and John Connors lead Ignition investment in Xensource. John Connors joins the Board.
2007
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Xensource is acquired by Citrix for $500 million dollars. Upon acquisition of the company, Nick Sturiale says “XenEnterprise (version) 4, which is a tour de force product, just came out. Now it can go through Citrix’s 5,000 channel partners which is going to be a very exciting spin-up, making it available to a much broader market.”
Frank Artale ran business development at Xensource. He has an uncanny vision when it comes to strategy. His relationships are extremely unique. When we were seeking to expand our partnership with Microsoft, I traveled to Redmond and spent several months with Frank in and around Microsoft. Microsoft has a reputation as a sometimes difficult partner, but not for Frank. He had an ability to combine clear and mutually beneficial strategy with stellar personal relationships. He knew that we had to provide strategic value to Microsoft and we needed extreme mutual trust. Frank delivered both. John Bara, Former VP marketing Xensource and Citrix
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The Splunk team have multiple term sheet offers but ultimately decide to ask John Connors of Ignition partners to join their board.
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“This is the “roll your sleeves up” firm.”

2008
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Heroku graduates from Ycombinator

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Splunk introduces the freemium model to Enterprise IT and adoption of Splunk soars
Frank, John and Nick have given Splunk everything – investment, advice, and exceptional board service. They are a critical part of our success. Godfrey Sullivan – Splunk Chairman and CEO

Running experiments to match product & service to market demand.

2009
Cloudera is formed and the New York Times calls the company “the quintessential Silicon Valley story,” as three top engineers from Facebook, Google, and Yahoo team up with a former Oracle executive to solve the big data problem.
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MAY 2010
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Ignition Partners invests in Heroku, and John Connors joins the Heroku board. Heroku hosts 60,000 apps that power iPad, Facebook, Twitter, and iPhone. Clients include Shopify, Comcast, and Best Buy.
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Splunk’s global sales begin to rise as they become well known for celebrating the Information Technology professionals.

“The opportunity to work with super-experienced people in a very intimate setting… you can not find that.”

DECEMBER 2010
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Salesforce acquires Heroku. Heroku powers 105,000 social and mobile applications. The Ruby development community is over 1 million members strong.
JULY 2011

Parse

Parse is founded by James Yu, Ilya Sukhar, and Kevin Lacker. The team goes through the summer Y Combinator session and raise a seed round from SV Angel, Yuri Milner, and Google Ventures. Parse provides a complete backend platform for the mobile developer.
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NOVEMBER 2011
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Parse

John Connors and Chris Howard of Ignition Partners lead the $5.5mm Series A investment into Parse and John Connors joins the board. Parse has seven employees and 3,500 developers on its platform.
NOVEMBER 2011
Frank Artale leads Ignition’s investment in Cloudera and is quoted in Techcrunch saying “The Big Data space is moving fast – we looked at many investment opportunities and chose Cloudera due to their clear leadership.” The Techcrunch article also says “Cloudera has created a strong foothold in the enterprise as Hadoop becomes the defacto technology to manage large amounts of data.”
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Money is pretty cheap. Good advice, good interactions, and good direction – that’s much rarer … If you look at the Ignition team, that’s what they offer. Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Cloudera
JANUARY 2012
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Splunk has more than 3,700 customers including Bank of America, Comcast, and Harvard University.
APRIL 2012
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Splunk IPOs on the NASDAQ and price of stock soars 109% on the first day of trading. John Connors is quoted by the Wall Street Journal saying “By the end of this calendar year, the general public will clearly understand that this big enterprise wave is beginning.”
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Making a difference.

JANUARY 2013
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Techcrunch names Cloudera as one of “The Enterprise Cool Kids,” and says “Cloudera is the solution de jour for managing big data in a company, offering software, services, and support for databases.”
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APRIL 2013

Parse

Facebook acquires Parse. Parse now has 60,000 apps and developers on its platform. A few months later, parse continues to grow and reaches 100,000 apps.
John was simply invaluable. He was always there to provide guidance and mentorship through good times and bad. He has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience as well as a fantastic network of enterprise minded stars. I would work with John on my next company, no questions asked. Ilya Sukhar, co-founder and CEO of Parse
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PRESENT DAY

Continuing to build and scale disruptive companies.

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