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CloudBees Raises $11M in Series C Financing

CloudBees, Inc., the Enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced it has closed an $11.2 million Series C financing round. The round was led by Verizon Ventures, the investment arm of Verizon Communications Inc. The round also included existing investors Matrix Partners and LightSpeed Venture Partners, as well as new investor Blue Cloud Ventures.

Founded in 2010, CloudBees is a recognized leader in Platform as a Service technology and in its enterprise support and features for Jenkins continuous integration and delivery. The Series C funding brings the total investment in CloudBees to $25.7 million. The new funds will be used to drive continued revenue growth by rolling out additional product capabilities, fund sales expansion and extend the reach of the CloudBees brand.

“Enterprise cloud application development and delivery is an innovative space that’s growing quickly,” said Dan Keoppel, executive director of Verizon Ventures and Verizon’s observer to the CloudBees board. “As enterprises rush to adopt cloud services, PaaS speeds that adoption.”

“PaaS and continuous delivery are transforming the way enterprises create business applications and deliver value to the business by accelerating the way applications are built and deployed,” said Sacha Labourey, founder and chief executive officer of CloudBees. “CloudBees is at the center of this evolution and we are excited to have a group with the stature of Verizon Ventures lead our Series C investment round. We will invest in initiatives that continue to improve our platform and strengthen our go to market capabilities.”

The investment comes on the heels of CloudBees being positioned in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the newly published Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platforms as a Service (aPaaS) by research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. CloudBees’ standing in the January 7, 2014, report is based on the company’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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About CloudBees

CloudBees (www.cloudbees.com) provides a Continuous Delivery Platform as a Service that accelerates the development, integration and deployment of web and mobile applications. The CloudBees Platform provides a set of services that allow developers to rapidly build and run new business applications and integrate them with other services - all with zero IT administrative overhead. With Continuous Cloud Delivery, development teams can make frequent updates and easily deploy those changes immediately to production. By eliminating the friction caused by provisioning, maintaining and administering complex hardware and software infrastructure, CloudBees allows developers to do what they do best: develop innovative applications -- fast. CloudBees serves the needs of a wide range of businesses from small startups that need to quickly create new on-line businesses, to large IT organizations that need to rapidly respond to dynamic market opportunities. Follow CloudBees on Twitter (@CloudBees) and on Facebook. You can also try CloudBees for free.

Backed by Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of middleware and open source technology professionals.

About Verizon

Verizon Ventures seeks and invests in promising entrepreneurial companies to drive innovation in Verizon Communications Inc. Verizon Ventures’ portfolio focuses on new products, technologies, applications and services that complement Verizon networks, service platforms and distribution channels. Deal size ranges from seed capital to $5 million depending on the needs and opportunities. Verizon Ventures often co-invests with other venture firms and strategic partners. It undertakes an in-depth due diligence process and typically requires board observer rights.

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