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Hortonworks falls well short of billion dollar IPO expectations

We've Had it Oop to here with over-enthusiastic valuations

Open source supremo Hortonworks has announced a rather lacklustre IPO, falling miles short of the billion dollar valuation big data tycoons were hoping for.

It hopes to raise $78m by flogging six million shares at a cost of between $12 to $14, which roughly works out to a disappointing market valuation of $659m.

Hortonworks builds and distributes a version of the big data storage and analysis engine Apache Hadoop – first developed by Yahoo! from a paper by Google.

Hadoop wrote: "Our mission is to establish Hadoop as the foundational technology of the modern enterprise data architecture." Good luck with that.

At a funding round back in March, Hortonworks raised a total of $100m and achieved a valuation of more than $1bn.

HP ploughed $50m worth of investment into Hortonworks in July.

A rival Hadoop handler called Cloudera raised $160m from investors, including T Rowe Price and Google Ventures, during a funding round in March. ®

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