The Structure 50: The Top 50 Cloud Innovators

Facebook

Founded 2004
Investors Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Accel Partners, Mark Pincus, Greylock Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, The Founders Fund, Microsoft, Li Ka-shing, European Founders Fund, TriplePoint Capital, Digital Sky Technologies, Elevation Partners, Goldman Sachs
Structure50 Topic Data Center
Description Facebook is a social networking site with 600 million members. Facebook’s efforts to speed up its site’s performance have influenced everything from software to hardware design.
GigaOM’s Take With recent efforts — such as Open Compute, a project that shares its efficient data center and server designs — Facebook has changed the economics of delivering webscale computing as well as the entire hardware ecosystem supporting large data centers.