Cloud automation provider SkyKick lands $130M, riding pandemic tailwinds from digital acceleration


From left: Todd Schwartz and Evan Richman, co-founders and co-CEOs of Skykick. (Skykick Photo)

The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for companies across various industries. That’s good news for SkyKick, a Seattle startup that just landed $130 million to fuel growth for its software that helps companies migrate and manage their files in the cloud.

Founded by a pair of ex-Microsoft employees, SkyKick targets Information Technology Services Providers (ITSPs) that help small and medium-sized businesses with their cloud infrastructure management. It has more than 30,000 ITSPs using its software, which aims to automate 90% of manual labor for cloud workloads across email migration, data protection and cloud administrative tasks for services such as Office 365. Customers include CDW, GoDaddy, Deutsche Telekom and Intermedia.

The company’s business has grown “significantly” during the pandemic, according to co-CEOs Todd Schwartz and Evan Richman, who launched SkyKick a decade ago.

The market for cloud managed services is estimated to grow to $116 billion by 2025, up from $62.4 billion in 2020.

“We are still in the early innings of cloud automation in the SMB market. We’re excited to take this next step in our vision to build out the world’s most powerful automation platform for the IT Services Providers who serve them,” Schwartz and Richman in a joint statement.

SkyKick competes with BitTitan, another Seattle-area startup that helps companies migrate to the cloud.

Morgan Stanley participated in the latest funding round, which included debt and equity. Existing investors Navin Thukkaram, Craig Nerenberg, Hawk Equity, Trebuchet Capital, Schechter Private Capital, and others also participated. Total funding to date is $200 million.

SkyKick employs about 230 people across offices in Seattle, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Tokyo. It plans to add another 100 employees over the next 12 months.

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