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Kinetica DB Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
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Kinetica is the insight engine for the Extreme Data Economy. The Kinetica engine combines artificial intelligence and machine learning, data visualization and location-based analytics, and the accelerated computing power of a GPU database across healthcare, energy ... Read more

Mission: When extreme data requires companies to act with unprecedented agility, Kinetica powers business in motion.

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    Ask your friends why they go to Vegas, and I'm sure you won't get the same answer twice. Casually surveying a few colleagues and friends yielded "the food and nightlife," "bachelor party weekend," " catching the Jerry Seinfeld show," " Calvin Harris is DJing," " CES conference," and..."rock climbing."

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Kinetica DB – Why Work For Us?

Life at Kinetica

We are a dynamic startup with a fast-paced environment, looking for people who thrive on innovation and the ability to make a big impact. We want our Kineticans to be happy, and strive to create an exceptional employee experience that drives a culture of high performance through a focus on people, engagement, and technology.

Join the Team

Kinetica is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

  1. Kinetica offers a competitive salary along with benefits and perks programs designed to better balance career with home and family, because we believe our employees are our most valuable assets.



Work with talented, collaborative, and friendly people who love what they do.



We offer comprehensive health benefits at no cost to you, and family plans at a discount. 

We encourage general wellness through company-wide fitness challenges and annual health fairs in the office.



Enjoy catered meals and an assortment of healthy and more indulgent snacks. 



Take advantage of tax-free commuter benefits for transit or parking.



Monthly happy hours & team outings keep us from taking ourselves too seriously.



Earn $5,000 for referring an employee. If you're great, we bet your friends are too.



Our flexible time off policy allows you to take time off whenever you need it to relax and recharge.



Every employee is a stakeholder in Kinetica’s future.



Plan ahead and save for the future with 401(k) and a generous company match.



We take time to volunteer and support local charities that are meaningful to our employees.


  Paul Appleby, CEO

I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity at Kinetica as how we manage data is at the epicenter of the 4th Industrial Revolution, impacting every industry and every region across the globe.... Read full blog

Thriving in the Extreme Data Economy

The leader of one of the world's largest manufacturing economies, Angela Merkel, said at the recent World Economic Forum that “data will be the raw material of the 21st century.” It is clear that we are in a world where data has become the business....Read full article  


Should We Fear the Future of Work?

Now, in order for society to reap the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we are facing automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and the rise of robots, we have the opportunity, and in fact, the responsibility, to take action...Read full article


Power the Smart Grid with Extreme Data

For decades, we have been promised the next evolution in the form of the connected “smart grid.” It would bring revolutionary benefits, modernizing our aging infrastructure and reinventing  energy delivery, from production to distribution. But in a broad sense, it has failed to deliver. Why is that the case?...Read full article


Watch Paul Appleby being interviewed by theCUBE at Strata Data Conference, March 2018

Co-founders Nima Negahban and Amit Vij




How do you evaluate millions of different signals when time is of the essence?

This was the question that started it all.


In 2009, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) at Fort Belvoir sought the capability to track national security threats in real time. The solution needed to produce instant results and visualize insights across massive streaming datasets.

Nothing existed in the market that met their needs. Data warehouses were too slow, NoSQL wouldn’t scale and premium in-memory solutions promised real time but didn't deliver.

Research initiated to develop parallel processing with GPUs

After extensive testing and research revealed no existing systems capable of meeting the Army's needs, Amit Vij and Nima Negahban built from the ground-up a new database, centered around massive parallelization utilizing the GPU, to explore and visualize data in space and time–an approach that has been patented.

Initial Success

With the growth of data from IoT, transactions and other sources, businesses users started to run up against the challenge of streaming and analyzing data in truly real time. USPS deployed GPUdb into production to optimize routes and increase accuracy.

Full Commercial Entry

Company re-branded to Kinetica. As version 5.2 is released, Kinetica receives its second High Performance Computing Innovation Excellence Award from IDC. Former President & COO of Oracle, Ray Lane, provides initial seed funding. Kinetica opens offices in San Francisco.

Early 2017
Bringing AI to BI

Kinetica v6 is released with improved SQL support, and in-database processing capabilities which positions Kinetica as the ideal database for deep learning and machine learning on large and streaming datasets. Kinetica gains traction with more enterprise customers.

2017 - 2018
Growth & Expansion

Kinetica closes a $50-million Series A financing jointly led by Canvas Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners with participation from Citi Ventures and existing investor Ray Lane of GreatPoint Ventures. Business grows in both EMEA and APAC regions. Paul Appleby appointed CEO and Bryan Morris joins as CFO in December 2017. 

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    Kinetica provides a supportive platform for you to test yourself and skills, allowing you to develop new personal growths that you might not have known you could accomplish. You constantly learn something new everyday, and the interactions with fellow employees are positive and helpful.

    I've not met a single coworker that hasn't offered to help when in need of assistance, or been able to have an easy-going conversation about non-work topics.

    The benefits are great (full coverage). With FTO (flexible time off), you get to take days at your discretion, as long as your supervisor approves them. The work/life balance is a huge focus here, which motivates me to work harder while I am here because Kinetica takes care of its employees.

    Lunch provided a few times a week, happy hours, stocked drinks & snacks, and a fun office environment makes for a work week that seems to fly by each time Monday rolls around.


    The company is growing at a rapid rate, which is great for the company, but hard to keep processes the same as employee numbers expand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being open about internal changes, market launches, and company initiatives/goals. The monthly all-hands meetings really bring everyone together and back on the same page. Keep taking care of your employees as you do and we will work for you as hard as we can!

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Kinetica DB Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Kinetica DB.


    Generally had a positive interview with the recruiter and hiring manager. They issue came in during the final stage where they had multiple people interviewing me at the same time. One of the interviewers admitted to not being prepared and forgot he was conducting the interview. He then proceeded to rattle off university CS questions that very clearly required a refresher in the class. When it came to answering them the other interviewers needed to look up the answers online. The result was an interview where 45min went well because I was being asked realistic and job relevant questions. Then 45min where this interviewer made me look incompetent in front of the other interviewers because he was unprepared and was not asking position relevant questions (that even the other programmers could answer). That said I definitely enjoyed my conversations with the recruiter and hiring manager. The overall process was neutral because the good cancelled out the bad.

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Kinetica DB Awards & Accolades

  • Top 5 Vendors to Watch, Datanami, 2017
  • 2018 Gold IT World Awards, Network Products Guide, 2018
  • DBTA’s 100 Companies that Matter Most in Data, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA), 2018
  • SD Times 100: 'Best in Show' in Software Development, SD Times, 2018
  • Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year, The American Business Awards, 2018
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