VentureBeat | 05.12.14

The State of Big Data in 2014

By Matt Turck

It’s been almost two years since I took a first stab at charting the booming big data ecosystem, and it’s been a period of incredible activity in the space. An updated chart was long overdue, and here it is.

A few thoughts on this revised chart, and the big data market in general, largely from a VC perspective:

Getting crowded: Entrepreneurs have flocked to the space, VCs have poured money into promising startups, and as a result, the market is starting to get crowded. Certain categories like databases (whether NoSQL or NewSQL) or social media analytics feel ripe for consolidation or some sort of shakeout (which may have already started in social analytics with Twitter’s acquisitions of BlueFin and GNIP).

While there will be always room for great new startups, it seems that a lot of the early bets in the broader infrastructure and analytics segments have been made at this stage, and the bar for success is getting higher — which doesn’t mean that VC money will stop pouring in. In terms of this specific industry chart, we’ve clearly reached the limit of how many companies we can fit one page. I’m sure there are a number of great companies we either missed or didn’t have enough space to include — apologies in advance to those, and I’d love to hear people’s thoughts and suggestions in the comments section about who else should be included.

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