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COSS Weekly Issue #22

COSS Weekly, Issue #22: March 28th, 2021

Welcome to the twenty-second issue of COSS Weekly, the global Commercial Open-Source ecosystem newsletter brought to you every week by Joseph Jacks and the team at COSS.Community, OSS Capital and Open Core Summit.

Each week, we neatly summarize the latest happenings in COSS, often including objective commentary across primarily the following areas: Funding, Content, Liquidity, Data, Markets.

πŸ’° COSS Funding β€” $205.5M This Week

  • Camunda, an open-source RPA platform, announces $100M Series B led by Insight Partners. Link

  • Aiven, combining the best open source technologies with cloud infrastructure, announces $100M Series C led by Atomico. Link

  • Kubecost, giving engineers visibility into spend and resource efficiency in Kubernetes environments, announces $5.5M seed led by First Round Capital. Link

πŸ“š COSS Content

  • JJ: Based on the sustained pace over the last 6 months ($175-300M/week), the COSS category is on target to raise a truly staggering >$10 BILLION (!) in PE funding across all private startup stages in 2021. This would nearly double the TOTAL amount raised since 1995. Link

  • nixCraft: Richard Stallman (RMS) announcing his return to the FSF's Board of Directors (Video). Link

  • JJ: We very closely track (data-driven) how much the public Cloud is transforming to COSS. Specifically for AWS, nearly 20~ COSS services have been launched just over the last 6 years...! COSS services on AWS now represent 10%~ of the total (200~ services). And growing. Link

  • JJ: In 2020, COSS co’s raised $2.7B~ in total VC (all stages), nearly doubling 2019. As of 3/23/21, $2.8B~ has already been raised, surpassing ALL of 2020 in less than 90 days. And these are just the publicly disclosed deals. Link

  • How to build a business around Open Source? by Tomasz Karwatka (Co-founder of Vue Storefront) Link

  • The Deck We Used to Raise Our Seed with Accel in 13 Days from Airbyte. Link

  • Plausible Analytics: Just reached $200k ARR and 2531 subscribers! Link

  • Jamin Ball (Partner at Altimeter Capital): Net retention is one of my favorite SaaS metrics. As Q4 earnigns season comes to a close, we can look back at all the cloud companies to report the metric. Anything >130% is top decile. (JJ: The top 5 COSS players listed, TLND, JFROG, FSLY, MDB, ESTC, are top quartile at 121%) Link

  • Jon Sakoda: This is a big announcement - Cisco is now selling Hashicorp's Terraform Cloud offering on its global price list. This move is timely as both companies are uniquely positioned to help customers avoid lock-in to any one particular cloud vendor. Exciting news! Link

  • The Dark Magic of Start-Up Valuation by Bruno Lowagie (a.k.a. @Entreprenerd21) Link

  • Launching the Two Sigma Ventures Open Source Index by Vinay Iyengar. Link

  • Glenn Solomon: β€œThe product driven growth model that has worked for Saas services has its origins in open source community dynamics” per @confluentinc cofounder @nehanarkhede along w/ @HashiCorp’s CEO @davidmcj at @GGVCapital Evolving Enterprise. Link

  • Sam Ramji: Data Visualization, Democratization, and Javascript: How millions of web developers are changing how we experience data. Listen to @mmeckf explain the importance of data literacy and the shift to web-native for data collaboration. Link

  • Introducing Focalboard, an open-source alternative to Trello, Asana, and Notion. Link

  • Red Hat statement about Richard Stallman’s return to the Free Software Foundation board. Link

  • Building A Global Company from Day 0 with Clint Smith on the Company Building Webinar Series wtih Kevin Xu. Link

  • Piotr Karwatka (co-founder at Catch the Tornado): Investing in open source from a VC perspective? The new episode of @CTOtoCTO is out. I talk with @filipdames. A lot of insights including the story of Cherry engagement into @getsaleor. Link

  • Open source, not open contribution with Ben Johnson on The Changelog. Link

  • Kevin Xu: Firms who invest in developer-focused products or open source companies but have geo restrictions (e.g. NA only) make no sense... Open source is global. And developers are everywhere. Link

πŸ“š COSS Liquidity

  • JJ: 11 yrs after founding, DigitalOcean has gone public! Yesterday, they raised $775M by selling 16.5M shares @ $44-47~ each on a $5B~ valuation. 2019 revenue was $255M, 2020 rev was $318M (at a gradually lowering loss of $3M~/mo). 570K+ customers. Built nearly entirely on OSS! Link

  • JJ: Kaltura is the latest COSS company IPO, raising $350M+ and targeting a $2.2B valuation. $120M + ARR. 670+ employees, still founder-run, started in 2006 and based on an open source core. Shares will be trading on April 1st 2021. Link

πŸ“Š COSS Markets


Ticker Name Market Cap Total Revenues/CAGR (1Y TTM) Total Revenues (LTM) Last Price Total Return (1Y) 1-Day %
Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 
FSLY Fastly Inc. $7.58B 45.10% $290.87M 66.16 268.58% 1.10%
CLDR Cloudera Inc. $3.53B 9.45% $869.26M 12.13 52.39% 2.19%
ESTC Elastic N.V. $9.96B 44.18% $554.50M 110.93 97.10% -0.75%
MDB MongoDB Inc. $16.26B 39.99% $590.38M 265.77 97.89% -2.47%
RPD Rapid7 Inc. $3.90B 25.86% $411.49M 74.06 74.79% 0.22%
TLND Talend S.A. $2.07B 15.98% $287.47M 64.00 205.34% 0.14%
QTCOM Qt Group Oyj $2.33B 44.45% $72.54M 87.20 385.79% 0.69%
PRGS Progress Software Corporation $1.96B 4.69% $453.75M 44.27 35.43% 5.91%
FROG JFrog Ltd. $4.23B 44.03% $150.83M 45.29 - 0.07%

Data from Koyfin as of 3/26/21


πŸ“ˆ COSS Data

  • 🌐 YC COSS: For the first time ever in 2020, 15~ COSS startups have gone through YC in a single year representing 30%+ of the total (50~ since 2006). Our YC COSS dataset tracks and provides granular data on the growing but still small COSS YC alumni.

  • 🏦 COSS PE Funding: This dataset tracks the latest funding events for all stages of COSS companies, mostly in private markets, for 2020-2021+.

  • πŸ“Š COSS Index: The well-known COSSI sheet for the exclusive $100M+ revenue club of COSS companies. New data points and growth happening weekly.

  • 🌩️ AWS COSS: List of COSS services on AWS. Continuously evolving. We plan to offer similar datasets for Azure, GCP, and other major clouds.

  • πŸ“ˆ COSS IPO: Analysis of every COSS IPO since 1999.


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