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CloudFactory is an online work platform for data-intensive processes, which allows technology companies to add human-powered features to their software platforms. CloudFactory’s unique combination of advanced technology and talented people lets SaaS (Software as a Service) companies grow by introducing new and improved features they can’t develop with technology alone. The company aims to connect 1 million people to online work, while raising them up as leaders to address poverty in their own communities.
HQDurham, US
Employee Ratings3.7

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Employees (est.) (Oct 2020)2,105(+2%)
Job Openings21
Cybersecurity ratingCMore

Key People/Management at CloudFactory

Mark Sears

Mark Sears

Founder and CEO
Cary Smith

Cary Smith

Mike Riegel

Mike Riegel

Jon Beardsley

Jon Beardsley

GM Kenya & VP Global Expansion
Damian Rochman

Damian Rochman

VP Product
Keisha McKenzie

Keisha McKenzie

VP Marketing & Strategy
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CloudFactory Office Locations

CloudFactory has offices in Durham, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Reading and in 1 other location
Durham, US (HQ)
103 W Main St
Reading, GB
Abbey St
Richmond, GB
5 The Green
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CloudFactory Financials and Metrics

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CloudFactory total Funding

$78 m

CloudFactory latest funding size

$65 m

Time since last funding

a year ago

CloudFactory investors

CloudFactory's latest funding round in November 2019 was reported to be $65 m. In total, CloudFactory has raised $78 m
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CloudFactory Operating Metrics

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CloudFactory Online and Social Media Presence

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CloudFactory News and Updates

CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

Data annotation and prep startup CloudFactory has raised $65 million in a growth equity round led by FTV Capital, with participation from Weatherford.

The way we talk about terror attacks is actually helping the extremists’ cause

While the magnitude of the attack on people enjoying a Saturday evening out in London on June 3 was not on the same scale as…

This color-changing tattoo has biosensors that track your glucose and sodium levels

MIT and Harvard researchers have created color-changing tattoos that could, in the future, track your pH, glucose, and sodium levels. DermalAbyss replaces typical tattoo ink…

Applying for a job in India? You might want to clean up your credit history

Indian employers are increasingly looking beyond two-page resumes and social media profiles—they are now screening candidates’ credit histories. A globally accepted practice for long, it…

$15 billion worth of coal power plants are on sale in India but nobody wants to buy them

Billions of dollars worth of coal-fired power plants are on the block in India but no one seems to want to touch them with a…

The Chinese government just issued a new set of rules for foreign students studying in China

The Chinese government has issued new guidance for China’s universities, on how to manage students from overseas. Like many of China’s updates on regulations, there’s…
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CloudFactory Blogs

From Meals to Video: Connecting a Remote, Global Workforce

A year ago, the world was a different place. On a Friday at CloudFactory, I would be in the Durham, NC office kitchen at a company-hosted, weekly lunch with my co-workers and it was the loudest meeting we would have all week. As is universal across all cultures, enjoying a meal together …

How Computer Vision Helps Us See the Future

More than 59 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be created, captured, copied, and consumed in the world this year [2020], according to a new update to the Global DataSphere from International Data Corporation (IDC). Most of this data exists in visual form, such as images and videos. This vast …

4 Common Misconceptions About Image Annotation for Computer Vision

Computer vision trains machines to interpret and understand the visual world around them. As one of the fastest growing applications of artificial intelligence, it is being deployed across a wide range of industries and use cases to solve problems.

CEO Mark Sears Interviews New CloudFactory Board Member John Cotterell

This week we are delighted to welcome tech industry veteran John Cotterell to the CloudFactory Board of Directors. John is CEO of Endava, a U.K.-based consultancy software development company, where he has worked with the world’s leading companies to help them build a wide range of techn…

5 Reasons You Should Work at CloudFactory

This month, I’ll celebrate my third year working for CloudFactory. It’s a great place to be because our teams work on some of the world’s most innovative technologies and because we’re on a mission: to create work for one million people in developing countries.

6 Steps to Create Custom Data Sets for Computer Vision

Quality data is the lifeblood of great computer vision applications. But what happens when you don’t have enough data? In a previous article, we addressed your options for acquiring data sets for computer vision.
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CloudFactory Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was CloudFactory founded?

    CloudFactory was founded in 2008.

  • Who are CloudFactory key executives?

    CloudFactory's key executives are Mark Sears, Cary Smith and Mike Riegel.

  • How many employees does CloudFactory have?

    CloudFactory has 2,105 employees.

  • Who are CloudFactory competitors?

    Competitors of CloudFactory include CrowdAI, Parallels and Sophos.

  • Where is CloudFactory headquarters?

    CloudFactory headquarters is located at 103 W Main St, Durham.

  • Where are CloudFactory offices?

    CloudFactory has offices in Durham, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Reading and in 1 other location.

  • How many offices does CloudFactory have?

    CloudFactory has 5 offices.