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DotCloud

Enabled developers to host, assemble and run their applications

General Information
Category
Software and Hardware
Country
United States
Started
In 2008
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Bankruptcy
Closed
By 2016
Cause of Failure
Mismanagement of Funds
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
One
Name of Founders
Solomon Hykes
Number of Employees
Between 251 And 500
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Total Funding Amount
$13.7M
Number of Investors
15
Description

dotCloud was a platform as a service (PaaS) for developers that enabled them to host, assemble and run their applications on the service. Through dotCloud, numerous organizations found a safe and stable stage to maintain their organizations. dotCloud gave origin to the Docker project which became so successful that the company changed its name to Docker. As the potentials for Docker increased, the team decided to concentrate on it and sold off dotCloud to Berlin-based company CloudControl.

Cause of Failure

dotCloud closed on February 29, 2016. The mother company, CloudControl, filed for bankruptcy and dotCloud, a very small part of the German organization, could not sustain operation costs by itself thus decided to stop its operations.

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