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Cockroach Labs

Cloud-native, distributed SQL database

501-1000 employees
  • B2B
  • Data storage
  • Big data
  • SaaS
  • Cloud Computing
Chelsea, New York, NY

Company mission

Cockroach Labs' mission is to make data easy by providing an industry-leading model for resilience, horizontal scalability to accommodate fast-growing businesses, and the ability to move data close to business' customers, wherever they reside across the globe.

Top investors

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11% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

Cockroach Labs was founded by a team of ex-Google employees who wanted to build a database management system similar to Google’s Spanner. The result is CockroachDB, an open-source distributed SQL database. It offers local or global scaling with familiar SQL, failproof fault tolerance, and guaranteed transaction consistency, and can be deployed across any cloud.

Maintaining full SQL compliance with global cloud capabilities will help Cockroach Labs take advantage of the wave of companies needing to scale their existing SQL databases onto the cloud. Cockroach Labs grew from a $2 billion valuation to $5 billion in under a year, proving itself as an enticing and approachable prospect in this developing sector.

It already commands a high-end raft of clients including Comcast, Bose, and Baidu - but competition is stiff, particularly with industry giants like Oracle and AWS. Its hope is that CockroachDB’s high failure tolerance and geo-distribution will provide attractively swift functionality whilst allowing customers to remain within their legal jurisdictions - and will prove pivotal in 5G use cases. Its success to date, targeted updates to ease network migrations, and its recent expansion into EMEA markets, suggest it has a strong shot.


  • Employee referral bonus + donation match
  • Connect and Contribute days
  • Flexible Working
  • Spring Health and an Employee Assistance Program to provide free counseling and support mental health
  • $2500 annually to support learning and development through workshops, conferences, and networking events
  • We dedicate company time to bond over everything from trivia and karaoke to paint-alongs and fitness classes
  • Gym discounts & free Citibike membership
  • Flexible Time Off
  • 100% health insurance coverage & One Medical membership
  • FSA
  • 401(k)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave & $500 in baby bucks
  • Relocation Support

Company values

  • Commit to Excellence
  • Respect Each Other
  • Establish Balance
  • Communicate Openly & Honestly

Funding (last 2 of 7 rounds)

Dec 2021



Jan 2021




Total funding

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Spencer Kimball

(Co-founder & CEO)

Worked at WeGo Systems as CTO for 3 years before joining Google as a Software Engineer for almost 10 years. Also, previous CTO of Viewfinder and Engineer at Square.

Previously Software Engineer at Square, Co-Founder at Viewfinder and Software Engineer at Google.

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