- The sixth annual list recognizes “standouts in tech’s hottest category from small startups to private-equity-backed giants.”
Several companies founded by South Asian Americans are among Forbes’s sixth annual Cloud 100 ranking of the world’s top private cloud companies, recognizing “standouts in tech’s hottest category from small startups to private-equity-backed giants.” Seventeen companies from the 2020 list went public in the past year, Forbes notes, which resulted in “a bumper crop of 29 true newcomers are on this year’s list.”
The companies on the list hail from as far as Dublin and Bangalore, and “were selected for growth, sales, valuation and culture plus a reputation score derived in consultation with 34 CEO judges and executives from their public-cloud-company peers.” However, Forbes says that while the list “is geographically diverse, with twelve companies based outside of the U.S. and more founded internationally, less progress has been made in diversity of leadership.” Just six companies on the Cloud 100 are helmed by women. The list is produced in collaboration with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.
Companies with South Asian American leadership include San Mateo, California-based Freshworks, providing businesses with SaaS customer engagement solutions, co-founded by CEO Girish Mathrubootham (10); Connected Operations Cloud company Samsara in San Francisco, California. co-founded by CEO Sanjit Biswas (19); Palo Alto, California-based Rubrik, co-founded by entrepreneur, engineer and venture capitalist Bipul Sinha, who leads as the CEO (24); founder, president and CEO Kabir Barday of One Trust, one of the fastest growing enterprise software company (26); cloud security software company Netskope in Santa Clara, California, founded by CEO Sanjay Beri (27); Automation Anywhere, specializing in robotic process automation in San Jose, California, co-founded by CEO Mihir Shukla (29); Mohit Aron, founder and CEO of Cohesity in San Jose, California, which aims to simplify data management for modern enterprises (41); ThoughtSpot, a business intelligence company in Sunnyvale, California, that has built an intuitive Google-like interface for data analytics, headed by CEO Sudheesh Nair (42); Icertis, a leading contract lifecycle management platform in Bellevue, Washington, with Samir Bodas as CEO (44); Santa Barbara, California-based real estate software company, Yardi, led by CEO Anant Yardi (50); Postman, the largest API hub in the world, headed by Abhinav Asthana in San Francisco, California (54); Sajith Wickramasekara, co-founder and CEO at Benchling, a San Francisco-based software platform that helps R&D organizations (62); Houston, Texas-based HighRadius, led by president, CEO and co-founder Sashi Narhari (66); Shoaib Makani, founder and CEO of KeepTruckin, a mobile and web based fleet management provider (74); Garfana Labs in Remote, New York, co-founded by Raj Dutta, who currently leads as CEO (80); and automation platform, Workato, co-founded by CEO, Vijay Tella (87). Software testing platform, BrowserStack, ranked at the 93rd spot, is headed by Ireland-based co-founder and CEO Ritesh Arora.