Ammar Maraqa, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Operations, Splunk, recently visited Australia and explained the Splunk leadership are “big believers you have to make your technology innovation strategy inclusive of the ecosystem around you. That means using the ecosystem to accelerate your own innovation and get access to people.”
While Splunk has been making venture investments already, the new Splunk Ventures fund emphasises Splunk’s belief “every problem is a data problem. More and more we will see Splunk as a strategic choice, not only IT and security. It will be increasingly applied in other areas more and more to apply data-driven approaches to business problems and actions.”
The fund is available now, with Splunk ready to invest in earlier-stage companies. It has no geographic limitations - “We recognise a lot of innovation occurs outside the United States and Silicon Valley,” Maraqa says.
Interested parties can make submissions through Splunk's website, though Maraqa says Splunk is also identifying leads through venture capitalists and technical teams.
Splunk also announced a $US50m social impact fund for organisations using data to drive social good with a shared vision of how data can change the world.
Splunk closed its $US1.05b acquisition of SignalFx earlier this month. SignalFx is in the “next-gen cloud monitoring space, adjacent to what we do,” Maraqa says. It is Splunk’s first billion-dollar acquisition.