Wall Street Journal | 06.05.15

CockroachDB Scampers Off With $6.3 Million to Tackle Database Shortcomings

By Shira Ovide

An open-source database startup with a creepy-crawly name is the latest investment by Peter Fenton, the veteran Benchmark venture capitalist behind Twitter, Zendesk, and many other tech firms.

The database company, CockroachDB, announced Thursday it closed a $6.25 million Series A financing led by Fenton, who was a lead or early investor in a string of consumer and business-software startups including Twitter, Yelp, Zendesk, Hortonworks, New Relic and Docker.

Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital and FirstMark Capital are also participating the financing round, as are tech executives Rob Bearden, the chief executive of Hortonworks; Alex Polvi, the CEO of CoreOS; and Jeff Hammerbacher, a Cloudera co-founder and chief scientist.

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