Sequoia Capital Leads Series D Round; Okta Appoints Philip Turner As New GM For European Operations
San Francisco, CA – September 13, 2013 — Today, Okta announced today that it closed a $27 million Series D funding round led by returning investor Sequoia Capital. Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and Khosla Ventures all participated. Okta will use the funds to build on its significant momentum in North America and to expand internationally, led by the company's first European general manager.
This latest investment comes on the heels of Okta's $25 million Series C round in 2012, and serves as a strong endorsement of the company's vision to securely connect the world's people, applications and devices. As the industry's leading cloud-based identity management platform, Okta helps IT leaders centrally manage and simplify end-user access across a rapidly increasing set of mobile, cloud-based and on-premises applications.
"Businesses are quickly recognizing the opportunities afforded by cloud-based and mobile IT strategies. For most, the question is no longer why, but how they can securely and quickly adopt new and disruptive technologies," said Doug Leone, partner at Sequoia Capital. "Okta has proven that cloud-based identity management is essential to helping businesses make this critical transition. Todd and his team have built a great product and company, and we're excited to support their continued success."
This latest financing round will help fuel the company's international expansion. Philip Turner joins Okta as the company's first European general manager, bringing 20 years of experience building and scaling enterprise software businesses across the UK and mainland Europe.
"Most European organizations (more than 80 percent) already make use of some form of cloud-based services and are considering further deployment opportunities," said Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst with responsibility for security and identity at Ovum. "Simplifying user access to cloud systems using standards-based approaches that overcome legacy complexity issues is an attractive message, and one that is being promoted by Okta to offer users a seamless passage between on-premise and cloud-based applications."
International expansion comes at an ideal time for Okta, as demand for the company's enterprise identity management solution has grown significantly worldwide. Okta's customer count increased well over 100 percent since this time last year, and includes the addition of global Fortune 500 companies like MGM Resorts International and European-based organizations like London Gatwick Airport.
"While no two technology environments are the same, and no two organizations share the same set of business priorities, businesses of all sizes are now adopting cloud and mobile solutions in their IT strategies. Legacy identity solutions are simply insufficient as these changes force a company's security perimeter to be re-established outside of a company's firewall," said Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta. "As we move more deeply into the European market with this financing round, we look forward to building on our success by helping IT leaders implement cloud and mobile strategies with the level of security, compliance and scale that they require."
Okta has proven its ability to scale and meet the needs of the global enterprise through continued product innovation and the launch of comprehensive new partner programs. Major milestones include:
Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. By harnessing the power of the cloud, Okta allows people to access applications on any device at any time, while still enforcing strong security policies. It integrates directly with an organization’s existing directories and identity systems, as well as 4,000+ applications.
Because Okta runs on an integrated platform, organizations can implement the service quickly at large scale and low total cost.
More than 500 customers, including Adobe, Allergan, Chiquita, LinkedIn, MGM Resorts International and Western Union, trust Okta to help their organizations work faster, boost revenue and stay secure.
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Derek Korte or Lindsay Life