MapR Technologies Inc. was one of the three high-profile startups — along with Cloudera Inc. and Hortonworks Inc. — to burst upon the scene during the feeding frenzy a few years ago around Hadoop, the open-source big-data software framework. Like its counterparts, the company originally focused on integrating and extending components in the Hadoop ecosystem. As the big-data market evolved, it has become a multifaceted analytics and application development tools provider based on a master integration layer it calls the “converged data platform.”
Unlike its peers, the nine-year-old company has remained privately held. Chief Executive John Schroeder (pictured) has made no secret of the company’s interest in rewarding investors for the $280 million they’ve poured into the company, but given the tepid performance of its competitors’ stock prices so far, he’s not in a hurry. Schroeder stepped back from an operational role in 2016, but returned two months ago, citing a need to double down on the product. He spoke to SiliconANGLE about the future of the company and big data at large.
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