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August 11, 2016
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The Opportunity Ahead

You have probably heard I recently decided to leave Hortonworks. Rob shared some kind words earlier this week and I would like to take this opportunity to shout THANK YOU to Rob and the entire Hortonworks team for the fantastic thrill ride and unbelievable journey at Hortonworks over the past five years. Rob and I have had a great partnership working together to build this company. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to work under his leadership and I look forward to the opportunity to work together again in the future.

I have been asked the question – why now? Because Hortonworks is in a fantastic position for continued strong growth. The opportunity for Hortonworks remains as strong, if not stronger, than it has ever been. We’ve proven it so far – faster and more effectively than any other business – and I believe the next five years hold even more growth for Hortonworks. It is the right time to move on to what’s next for me personally. It’s all about timing; for me, for Hortonworks, and the team we have built. I’m personally ready for the next phase of my journey as CEO of a technology company. I have built a deep team at Hortonworks that has driven record growth and will continue drive the company forward to even greater success.

The success of a company like Hortonworks affords everyone in the company the opportunity to grow and expand. Fast growing companies provide constant new opportunities for those ready to take them on. Growth yields opportunity for everyone and my four years at Hortonworks have allowed me to grow my capabilities and provided me the chance to go my next phase. I am incredibly proud of the team and the organization we’ve built together – this team is second to none and will continue to deliver bigger and better things. The timing is right. The opportunity is growing. This team can deliver.

The acceleration of the business over the last five years has been amazing, including growing from $37.3M to $165.9M in annual operating billings from 2013 to 2015. We also happen to be the fastest software company ever to $100M in annual revenue, according to Barclays.


But beyond financials, look at the company’s amazing accomplishments in just four years of selling into an early market and five years of operations:

– From a handful to over 800 customers.
– Having employees and customers in just one country to sixteen – this covers every continent.
– From working with the Silicon Valley early Hadoop adopters, to introducing big data to one commercial industry to now transforming perhaps a dozen or so others.
– From 40 employees to more than 1,100 and still expanding both domestically and internationally.
– From the leading provider of Hadoop solutions to now delivering Connected Data Platforms for data-at-rest AND data-in-motion.

Look at the open ecosystem and partner communities too:
– More than 1,800 ecosystem partners.
– The first Hadoop Summit was only a couple of hundred people in San Jose. Now it’s more than 7,000 technologists and business people at events in four separate countries.

Hortonworks is a rocket ship that has been providing over 800 customers the ability to digitally transform themselves and open up new revenue streams. The small subset of customers listed in Rob’s blog post are a great example of what we are enabling. I’m looking forward to watching what this team does next to build upon the tremendous foundation to which I’m proud to have contributed. I’m personally invested in the success of this organization and I can’t wait to see what milestones are reached next with this team.


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