Apply Now: The 2018 Cloud 100 Nominations Are Open To All Private Cloud Companies

I am delighted to share that nominations are officially open for the third annual Cloud 100 for 2018. For three years running, we have teamed up with Forbes to put together the definitive list of the top private companies leading the cloud technology revolution.

Stripe (#1 Cloud 100 2017) Founder, Patrick Collision, interviewed on-stage at The Cloud 100 Celebration

Our mission behind the Cloud 100 is to honor the world’s most successful private cloud companies and recognize an emerging cadre of 20 Rising Stars poised to join their ranks. These 120 companies represent the cloud technology leaders of today and tomorrow, and we are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements.

If the success of last year’s Cloud 100 winners is any indication, this year’s honorees will have a lot to live up to. Ten of the 2017 Cloud 100 winners graduated from the list by going public, helping the IPO market get out of its 2016 lull. Forescout (#31) and MongoDB (#40) kicked things off in 2017, and Carbon Black (#48), Dropbox (#2), DocuSign (#4), SendGrid (#29), Pluralsight (#20), Smartsheet (#54), Zscaler (#13),and Zuora (#35) followed suit with their own IPOs this year.

Other major exits included The Sage Group acquiring Intacct (#49) for $850 million and Roche acquiring Flatiron Health for $1.9B (#51). Several 2017 Cloud 100 winners also raised massive funding rounds to accelerate their hyper-growth, including: Slack (#2, raised $250 million at a $5.1 billion valuation), Squarespace (#10, raised $200 million at a $1.7 billion valuation), Intercom (#23, raised $125 million at a $1.275 billion valuation), and Snowflake (#88, raised $263 million at a $1.5 billion valuation).

Last year’s 20 Rising Stars (private cloud companies that have raised less than $25 million in funding) featured an all-star lineup, including Zapier, Shippo, Bright Funds, Front, Textio, Clearbit, and Typeform.

Companies are evaluated by their market leadership, people and culture, operating metrics, and estimated valuation. We have once again assembled an all-star judging panel made up of a majority of the public cloud CEOs to determine this year’s winners, including Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, Blackline CEO Therese Tucker, Box CEO Aaron Levie, Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri, Square CFO Sara Friar, and Salesforce co-founder Parker Harris. The Cloud 100 judges represent nearly $620 billion in cloud market capitalization. Needless to say, their qualifications precede them.

Cloud 100 Judge, Jeff Lawson (founder & CEO of Twilio), with Jarden Dunn (Zach Woods) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) of ‘Silicon Valley’ at The 2017 Cloud 100 Celebration

Nominations for the 2018 Cloud 100 are now open at thecloud100.com and run through June 29th. In September, Forbes will announce the Cloud 100 and the 20 Rising Stars in a special issue of Forbes Magazine and on Forbes.com. The program will commence with the Cloud 100 Celebration, an exclusive event bringing together CEOs of the Cloud 100 winners and the Rising Stars, along with the top public cloud CEOs.

We hope you’ll submit your company for the Cloud 100 and help us spread the word with private cloud companies that you think should make the list.

A very special to Forbes, Salesforce Ventures and our public cloud company CEO judges. We could not celebrate the success of the world’s top cloud companies without your partnership.

-Byron Deeter