Everything needs a home, and Garima Kapoor co-founded MinIO to build an enterprise-grade, open source object storage solution. The pitch sounds great: simple, high performance, and a native Kubernetes integration. I’m pleased to announce that I’m interviewing Kapoor and MinIO investor Mark Rostick of Intel Capital about MinIO’s growth and how the company is handling serious competition.
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They may not be the hottest areas to grow a business, but MinIO found a niche in selling object storage, while competing directly with Amazon S3. Perhaps the open source component will help pique the interest of the target developer market looking for an alternative from the cloud giant. It’s never easy to compete with Amazon, but MinIO has been able to achieve success.
Garima Kapoor co-founded MinIO in 2014 and has since grown the company to a billion dollar value. Along the way, Kapoor raised $126.30 million in venture capital, including from Intel Capital’s Mark Rostick.
I have many questions about MinIO:
- Why did it end up in a company that competes directly with Amazon?
- What role did open source play in building a developer audience?
- How have cloud-native technologies contributed to your success?
- What did Mark and Intel Capital see in this company that made them believe they could succeed in a crowded and mature market?
And you can also ask questions! Each week on TechCrunch Live, registered Hopin participants can submit questions, and I’ll do my best to ask as many as possible.
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