Carbon Black Inc Ipo

Carbon black inc ipo

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U.S.-based cybersecurity company

Carbon Black (formerly Bit9 and Bit9 + Carbon Black) is a cybersecurity company based in Waltham, Massachusetts.[1] The company develops cloud-native endpoint security software that is designed to detect malicious behavior and to help prevent malicious files from attacking an organization.[2] The company leverages technology known as the Predictive Security Cloud (PSC), a big data and analytics cloud platform that analyzes customers’ unfiltered data for threats.[3]

The company has approximately 100 partners.[4] It has over 5,600 customers including approximately one-third of the Fortune 100.[5]

In October 2019, the company was acquired by VMware.


Carbon Black was founded as Bit9 in 2002 by Todd Brennan, Allen Hillery, and John Hanratty.[6][7] The company's first CEO was George Kassabgi.[8] The current CEO, Patrick Morley, was formerly the chief operating officer of Corel. He took over the position in 2007.[9]

In 2013, the company's network was broken into by malicious actors who copied a private signing key for a certificate and used it to sign malware.[10]

In February 2014, Bit9 acquired start-up security firm Carbon Black.[11][12] At the time of the acquisition, the company also raised $38.25 million in Series E funding, bringing Bit9’s total venture capital raised to approximately $120 million.[13] The company acquired Objective Logistics in June 2015.[14] In August 2015, the company announced that it had acquired data analytics firm Visitrend and would open a technology development center in downtown Boston.[15] A month later, the company announced it would partner with SecureWorks, Ernst & Young, Kroll, Trustwave, and Rapid7 to provide managed security and incident response services.[16][17]

The company changed its name to Carbon Black on February 1, 2016, after being known as "Bit9 + Carbon Black" for approximately two years.[18]

In July 2016, Carbon Black announced it had acquired next-generation antivirus software provider Confer for an undisclosed sum.

Prior to the deal, Confer had raised $25 million in venture funding and had more than 50 employees. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal was valued at $100 million.[19]

On May 4, 2018, the company joined public markets, listing as "CBLK" on the Nasdaq exchange.

Carbon black inc ipo

As part of its initial public offering (IPO), Carbon Black raised approximately $152 million at a valuation of $1.25 billion.[20] Prior to its IPO, the firm had raised $190M from investors including Kleiner Perkins, Highland Capital, Sequoia, Accomplice, and Blackstone.[21][22]

In October 2019, the company was acquired by VMware.[23][24][25]



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    Cybersecurity company Carbon Black files for IPO

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  11. ^"What does the Bit9 and Carbon Black merger mean for businesses?". Tech Radar, March 12, 2014.
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    Archived from the original on May 9, 2018.

  13. ^"Bit9 raises $38M, merges with Carbon Black in cybersecurity consolidation". Boston Business Journal, February 13, 2014.
  14. ^"Exclusive: Bit9 acqui-hires Objective Logistics".

    Retrieved 2015-06-23.

  15. ^"Bit9 + Carbon Black Continues Investment in Innovation by Acquiring Security Data Analytics Firm and Establishing Development Center in Boston" (Press release).

    Carbon Black’s IPO Pricing Shoots For Unicorn Status

    August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via

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    Retrieved 2015-09-28.

  17. ^Bit9. "Cutting-Edge MSSPs Supercharge their Services with Bit9 + Carbon Black, the Market Leader in Next-Gen Endpoint Security". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  18. ^"Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black - Carbon Black" (Press release).

    Carbon Black Prepares for $100 Million IPO

    February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via

  19. ^Zakrzewski, Cat (2016-07-19). "Carbon Black to Acquire Confer in $100 M Deal". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  20. ^"Carbon Black IPO Pops In Hot Cybersecurity Market". Investors Business Daily, May 4, 2018.
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  23. ^"VMware Completes Acquisition of Carbon Black" (Press release). GlobeNewswire. October 8, 2019.
  24. ^"VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion". TechCrunch. August 22, 2019.
  25. ^Lardinois, Frederic (August 23, 2019).

    About Carbon Black Stock

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