Michael Gould and Anaplan – the UK’s newest Unicorn

Anaplan is one of Britain’s newest Unicorns – i.e. a technology company with a valuation in excess of $1 billion.

Ten years ago, the company was one man; its founder, York-based computer scientist, Michael Gould. He spent the first two and a half years designing the technical architecture and coding the calculation engine before he hired his first handful of additional programmers. The first customer came on board in 2010. The likes of McAfee, HP, Pandora, Kimberley Clark and Aviva swiftly followed suit.

Today it has more than 700 employees with plans to expand to 800 by the end of the year, 17 offices worldwide, including a global HQ in Silicon Valley, 600+ global customers, more than 100,000 people using its software and a revenue run-rate in excess of $100 million per annum. It has secured more than $240 million in venture capital funding and was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s best 100 cloud companies.

Anaplan has exploded. Why?

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