When Uptake officially opened for business early last summer, we were a small team of four with an outsized vision. Our aim was to build the leading predictive analytics platform for the world’s largest industries—and to do it with a collaborative approach on a scale and at a pace that no one could match.
Today, we’re further along in achieving that vision than even I could have foreseen in those early days. We’ve built a team of unparalleled skill and curiosity. We’ve grown incredibly fast, and we’re working with partners and leaders in a number of major industries, from agriculture and mining to energy and construction.
As the latest indication that we’re progressing quickly and aggressively toward our goal, we announced this morning that Ray Lane has joined the Uptake board of directors. Between his role as President of Oracle in its formative years, his role as Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins and his stature in the world of software, Ray brings to our team a unique set of skills and experience. His vision and expert counsel will be critical in this next phase of our growth at Uptake.
In conjunction with Ray joining us, we’ve also closed on a $45 million funding round from GreatPoint Ventures, as well as all of our prior investors, including Lightbank and New Enterprise Associates. This capital will further enhance our speed and tenacity in creating solutions to drive customer value in multiple verticals.
Raising capital is simply a part of the journey of creating a software company with global impact, but it is not the destination. Our end goal is to empower an elite group of technologists, data scientists, industry specialists, designers, and incredibly talented operators to create software that defines the future of predictive insights—all while having fun, creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us, and learning from and helping partners be their best.
Our passion and curiosity drive us forward with ever more purpose, and our speed is only enhanced by today’s news.
And now, back to building software…