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by Neil Cresswell, on Aug 11, 2021 2:00:00 AM

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (August 10, 2021)  – is named as one of 20 Rising Stars in Forbes annual Cloud 100 list, the definitive curation of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. The 20 Rising Stars represent young, high-growth cloud companies who have raised up to $25 million and are poised to join the Cloud 100 ranks. 

“It’s fantastic to learn we are considered to be a “Rising Star” by Forbes… being from NZ we are a humble breed, and tend to downplay what we have built and its appeal to the global audience” said Portainer CEO Neil Cresswell. 

“The Rising Stars of today are the Cloud 100 companies of tomorrow,” said Byron Deeter, a top cloud investor, and partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “As they continue to gain momentum and ramp toward unicorn status, many of our past Rising Stars have gone on to become members of the exclusive Cloud 100. As an early partner to many mission-driven founders over the years, we are thrilled to celebrate the bright futures of our 2021 Rising Stars.”

“The Rising Stars epitomize the type of innovation that is driving the cloud industry forward,” said Alex Kayyal, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures. “The companies on this year’s list show great potential for reaching the Cloud 100 list in the future and I’m looking forward to watching what they can accomplish next.”

“The companies of the Cloud 100 list represent the best and brightest emerging companies in the cloud sector,” said Alex Konrad, senior editor at Forbes. “Every year, it gets more difficult to make this list — meaning even more elite company for those who do. Congratulations to each of the 2021 Cloud 100 honorees and to our 20 Rising Stars up-and-comers poised to join their ranks.” 

The Forbes 2021 Cloud 100 and 20 Rising Stars lists are published online at Highlights of the list appear in the September 2021 issue of Forbes magazine.

The Cloud 100 and the 20 Rising Stars companies are publicly recognized at this year’s virtual Cloud 100 experience, hosted by Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, and Forbes on August 10th at A special thank you to virtual event sponsors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bank of America, Cooley, FuelxMcKinsey, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nasdaq, Qatalyst Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, and WisdomTree.