Proferi Raises $6.3 Million From Graylock, Andreessen Horowitz


Proferi Software, a company started by  software industry veteran Christian Gheorghe, has raised $6.3 million in Series A funding from Greylock Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. Dave Duffield, co-founder and co-CEO of Workday and founder of PeopleSoft, Aneel Bhusri, co-CEO at Workday and partner at Greylock, and Ben Horowitz, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, have joined the board of directors.

?The company is developing a cloud-based enterprise performance management system. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company is currently keeping covers on its product plans. All it says that it’s working with Fortune 1000 companies and building a “new kind of end-to-end system for developing and running analytical applications.”

In a blog post, Ben Horowitz, partner at Andreessen Horowitz and infrastructure zen-master, outlines the story of Romanian-born Gheorghe and writes:

Proferi is still in stealth mode, so the easiest way for me to describe them is through the lens of their inventor. Proferi is to enterprise software applications as the United States is to Communist Romania. Historically, like Communist Romania, enterprise software has been highly restrictive, inflexible, slow-to-change, slow in general and, quite frankly, oppressive. In addition, customers have been forced to conform their business processes to the underlying data models, limiting the software’s general usefulness. As he did with his own life, Christian has completely re-imagined the category from top to bottom.

With Proferi, the solution resides in the cloud, but this is only the beginning. Christian throws out the old data models, databases, and data restrictions. He then ejects the scale restrictions, broken user interaction paradigms, and performance bottlenecks. Rather than defining their business by their data model, customers define their business by the real people and processes that they use. And the resulting applications perform 1000X faster than their communist, excuse me, enterprise software counterparts.

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