Venture Funding

Accel Leads $88 Million Round in ForgeRock


SAN FRANCISCO – ForgeRock, a provider of digital identity management solutions, has closed an $88 million Series D funding round, led by Accel with participation from new investor, KKR. Existing investors, including Meritech Capital Partners and Foundation Capital, also participated. ForgeRock has now raised more than $140 million in growth capital since its founding. Arun Mathew, partner at Accel will join Accel partner Bruce Golden on the board of directors. Dave Welsh, Head of TMT Growth Equity at KKR, will also join the board.

Founded in 2010, ForgeRock achieved sales of more than $100 million in fiscal year 2016. Accel led ForgeRock’s Series A in 2012 and this latest funding round follows ForgeRock’s significant growth over the last 12 months. The new funds will help to fuel the company’s ongoing global expansion and product innovation, specifically to broaden the company’s research and development efforts in further enhancing the ForgeRock Identity Platform.

ForgeRock’s global headcount surpassed the 400-employee mark early in 2017, and the company will aggressively hire to exceed 500 employees worldwide by year’s end. The company continues to maintain a balanced global footprint, with approximately half of sales and headcount seated in the U.S., and half in the EMEA and APAC markets. With the new backing from Accel and KKR, ForgeRock looks to dramatically increase market awareness and sales coverage worldwide.

Digital identity is no longer just about people (employees, partners and customers). The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving rapid proliferation in connected devices, cars, homes and services. Creating secure, intelligent relationships through identity for people and devices is at the foundation of the Digital Economy. At the same time, businesses must adapt to a newly emerging regulatory environment that is giving consumers greater control over their personal data in ways that will have a major impact on existing business models. ForgeRock helps solve these problems by empowering organizations to manage all aspects of digital identity from one unified solution, transforming the way they control access and privacy and empowering trusted digital relationships, improving customer experience and driving growth.

Mike Ellis, CEO of ForgeRock, said: “ForgeRock is transforming the digital identity landscape by helping large organizations secure the identity of everything, build trusted, personalized relationships with their customers, and provide a seamless omnichannel experience – ultimately driving greater value and revenue. This investment speaks to significant market validation and our ambition to build a durable, category-defining company that shapes the future of identity, privacy and access management. The next 12 months will be exciting, as global regulatory frameworks for data and privacy are evolving rapidly, at the same time the IoT is reaching critical mass. ForgeRock empowers businesses to respond to and comply with these regulations and enable great digital customer experiences.”

Arun Mathew, partner at Accel, said: “As the world becomes more automated and digitized with infinite ways to interact with customers, an entirely new industry has emerged – digital identity. ForgeRock is the pioneer in digital identity and is clearly leading the pack. We’re impressed with the ForgeRock team and believe the company is the most well positioned to capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunities in digital identity and privacy management.”

Dave Welsh, Head of TMT Growth Equity at KKR, said: “Mike Ellis and the ForgeRock team have done an outstanding job in delivering a premier innovative digital identity platform to a world-class roster of brand name customers, while growing the company with a strong culture dedicated to excellence. We are delighted to partner with the ForgeRock team in addressing an enormous, expanding global market in need of digital identity solutions, and to support them in their next stage of growth.”

KKR has invested over $19 billion of equity in TMT-related private equity investments since 1983 and over $800 million in TMT-related growth equity investments since 2014, including in Optiv, Lyft, Ivalua, Cherwell Software, and Darktrace. KKR is making the investment from its TMT Growth fund, a fund dedicated to growth equity investment opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications space.

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