VC Funding for CDN Industry: Business Model Explosion

Here is the latest VC Funding matrix for the CDN industry. PubNub and ClearSky Data have been added to the matrix, bringing our total to fourteen startups. ClearSky is a SAN CDN that offers on-prem caching and cloud-based network storage, and PubNub is the leading IoT CDN. The diversity of the startup business models in the CDN Ecosystem is healthy, and continues to splinter off into different directions.

The days of basic CDN caching and streaming are over, given rise to hybrid CDN business models that cross over into other industries. Aryaka Networks, PeerApp, CloudFlare, PubNub, Kwicr and ClearSky Data are hybrids that are very different from each other. The one common element they all have – each one uses CDN like infrastructure or architecture. Based on the data below, the industry has raised $633M in total. One billion here we come.

Venture Capital Funding (in millions)

CDN Start Seed /Other Series A B C D E/Other Total
1. PeerApp 2004 8 3 11.5 N/A N/A N/A 22.5
2. Aryaka 2009 9.2 14 15 25 10 24 97.2
3.Cloudflare 2009 N/A 2.1 20 50 N/A N/A 72.1
4. Yottaa 2009 N/A 4 9 16 10.4 N/A 39.4
5.Instart logic 2010 N/A 9 17 26 N/A 43 95
6.Qwilt 2010 N/A 9.1 15 18 25 N/A 67.1
7.PubNub 2010 N/A 4.5 10.6 20 N/A N/A 35.1
8.Distil Net 2011 2 10 21 N/A N/A 5 38
9. Fastly 2011 N/A 4 10 40 75 N/A 129
10. Rev Sft 2012 4.3  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 4.3
11. Kwicr 2012 1.6 6.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 8.1
12.Twin Prime 2012 N/A 9.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 9.5
13.Zenedge 2014  N/A 3.5  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 3.5
14.ClearSky 2014  N/A 12  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 12
25.1 91.2 129.1 195 120.4 72 632.8

**Source: Crunchbase

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