Cloudera and Hortonworks Merge

This is exciting stuff, so let’s jump right in.

First on the financials, which are sure to dominate the headlines. It’s a stock merger with stockholders getting 60% stake in the new entity and stockholders obviously getting the other 40%. The combined organization is initially being valued at $5.2 billion, with having found positive cash flow by offering robust support services across the data analytics pipeline and too relying on incorporating support within its subscription-based pricing model.

While it will be interesting to see how the companies merge overlapping approaches, personnel, offerings, etc., the executive leadership team will consist of a combination of executives from both companies, with Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly leading the new organization and Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden joining the board.

Now onto my thoughts.

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