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Reflections on Making the Forbes Cloud 100 List for the Fifth Consecutive Year

This year’s Forbes Cloud 100 list has just been revealed and I’m very proud to see Cloudinary included once again. 

Being named to this prestigious list of the most valuable private cloud companies in the world, alongside companies I have long admired, for the fifth time is a testament to the hard work and contributions of each and every Cloudinarian. Every success, every milestone, is thanks to their commitment to our customers, our culture and people-first values, and the innovative products we’ve built together.

We made our Cloud 100 debut as a Rising Star in 2017 and graduated to the official list the following year. Of course much has changed at Cloudinary and in the world around us since first earning our Rising Star status. 

Long before the pandemic altered the way we came together digitally, in all its forms, consumers had an increased and growing appetite for highly visual experiences. Today the role that visuals play in defining the customer experience is better understood. What’s more, we recognize that images and videos are no longer just important elements of an online experience; they are the experience. 

With nearly 10,000 customers, more than a million users, and hundreds of partners within our partner ecosystem, Cloudinary continues to manage and deliver billions of these powerful experiences. If you read your daily news on a screen, book a flight, order food delivery or make an online purchase, you will most likely interact with an experience powered by Cloudinary.

It’s been a remarkable year for us. After surpassing the $100M ARR mark last December, we extended our video offering with our first acquisition, of Indivio, a leader in creative video automation. Shortly thereafter, we announced our latest secondary investment via Blackstone Growth, an investment that came with a $2 billion valuation. You can read more about that investment and our mission to help companies improve customer engagement with better, faster visual experiences in this Forbes story by Martin Giles

Another personal highlight for me was bringing the entire company together — in person in Greece — for The Gathering, our annual internal event that we had initially planned for and hoped to host in 2020. Our Gatherings have always played a central role in our ethos, even as we have grown much larger over the years. Beyond creating an opportunity for us to come together as a global team, with many Cloudinarians meeting in person for the first time, the week is designed to guide critically important discussions on our strategic direction. It provides a collaborative and productive forum for every Cloudinarian to ideate and share thoughts about what’s working and what’s not and to begin to plan for what’s next. 

Looking ahead, I’m excited to join hundreds of other media experts and customers in San Diego for ImageCon 2022, our sixth annual media experience conference, returning in person to San Diego this October! As the industry’s only event dedicated to visual media, we’ll explore the latest trends and innovations powering the visual economy and hear from several of the world’s top brands including Bleacher Report, Edible Arrangements, National Geographic Society, Swarovski, Voice.com and more. 

And if what we’re up to sounds of interest to you, take a look at our open positions and join us!

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