Why  submit a nomination for The Cloud 100?

The  Cloud 100 is the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. Companies named to the list are recognized within the industry as the top-tier, private companies leading the cloud technology revolution.

The Cloud 100 is published in a dedicated issue of Forbes magazine. Those named to the list are celebrated at an exclusive event attended by CEOs of the leading public cloud companies, members of the Cloud 100, industry influencers and luminaries. Check out the 2016 Cloud 100 Winners!

The 20 Rising Stars are the 20 category-leading young, fast-growing cloud companies that have raised less than $25m in funding and are poised to join the ranks of the Cloud 100. Check out the 2016 Rising Star Winners!  Like the Cloud 100, the 20 Rising Stars will be invited to attend The Cloud 100 Awards event,  an exclusive event attended by CEOs of the leading public cloud companies, members of the Cloud 100, industry influencers and luminaries.

If I’ve raised less than $25m in funding, can I apply for both The Cloud 100 and 20 Rising Stars lists?

Yes! The nomination form is the same for both lists so you only need to fill out the form once.  If you have raised less than $25m in funding to date, your company is automatically nominated for both The Cloud 100 and Rising Stars award.  If your company has raised more than $25m in funding to date, your company is only nominated for The Cloud 100 award.

Who should nominate my company?

Anyone can submit nominations to The Cloud 100 and most companies will self nominate.

If you know a company that should be nominated, but lack visibility into the data requested for submission please let us know. Simply email nominate@thecloud100.com and we will reach out to them directly.

What is the methodology for determining the winners and ranking?

Nominations are accepted through the online form until Friday, May 19th.   
Submitted companies, last year’s winners, and recognized category leaders are then considered and evaluated as potential winners.

The evaluation process involves four factors:

Estimated valuation: Based on third-party data providers, an estimate of valuation is determined. In some cases, this estimate is a range rather than a specific number.

Operating metrics:
As part of the nomination process, ranges are collected on metrics like revenue and growth.

People & culture: Based on third-party data providers, each company is evaluated on both their size (e.g., # of people, growth in # of people) as well as culture.

Market leadership: The official Cloud 100 judge panel, comprised primarily of public Cloud CEOs, provides their qualitative input and assessment of the companies’ market leadership in various Cloud sectors.

These four factors are weighted approximately:
     - Estimated valuation: 30%
      - Operating metrics: 20%
      - People & culture: 15%
      - Market leadership: 35%

These factors, and the relevant weights, are used to select, score, and rank the winners.

How will The Cloud 100 companies be notified and recognized?

The Cloud 100 list will be published and promoted by Forbes with related editorial content.  The Cloud 100 companies will be honored on July 11th at an exclusive dinner event hosted by Forbes, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Salesforce Ventures.

Companies will know that they’ve made the list when they receive an invitation to the Cloud 100 celebration  event by early June.  They will learn where they ranked on the list at the Cloud 100 awards dinner, or if they are unable to attend the event, they can read the Forbes publication of the Cloud 100 on the July 11th.

Who  will see my data?

Financial information requested in the nomination form is a core part of the evaluation process.  All financial information requested in the nomination form is either in the form of data ranges or is optional. Financial information you provide will be viewed only by the data team and will never be shared with our judges or event partners. Judges will receive a summary numerical score to protect the confidential data of nominees. No financial information will be shared publicly without company approval (except for names of winners, the final ranking, and anonymized benchmarking data). The only time financial information may be shown publicly is in aggregate form for benchmarking purposes only.  Usage of company information is governed by our privacy policy.

How  will The Cloud 100 companies be notified and recognized?

The  Cloud 100 list will be published and promoted by Forbes with related editorial content.  The Cloud 100 companies will be honored on July 11th  at an exclusive dinner event hosted by Forbes, Bessemer Venture Partners,  and Salesforce Ventures.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact us at questions@thecloud100.com