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Lucid Imagination lands $10M more for enterprise search solutions

Lucid Imagination, a company that provides support, training and consulting for open source search technologies Lucene and Solr, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $10 million.

The company offers various software and solutions to organizations across a wide range of sectors, including e-commerce, Web 2.0, media, telecommunications, government and research looking to gain the full benefits from the free open source search platforms. Which, based on the company’s website, seems to be in high demand. Downloads of the platforms have increased nearly 10 times over the past three years, reaching rates of 7,000 downloads per day.

Lucene, a free text-based search engine library built entirely in Java, allows developers to create quick and easy search access to an enterprise’s content across multiple platforms. While Solr, a ready-to-use search platform that works on top of the Lucene library, lets developers integrate search and navigation features. Apache Lucene/Solr offers an attractive alternative to the proprietary licensed search and discovery software vendors, according to the company’s website.

Lucid Imagination also recently announced the one-year anniversary of its official launch claiming sales in the millions and over 50 customers, including AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s and Zappos.

The San Mateo, California company, founded in 2007, previously secured a first round of funding for $6 million.  The second round held a new investment from Shasta Ventures and first round investors Granite Ventures and Walden International.

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  1. […] The company employes one-fourth of the original committers to the Apache Lucene/Solr project. It was founded as Lucid Imagination in 2008 to provide support, training and consulting services for open source search technologies Lucene and Solr. However, the team saw greater opportunities to make open source search more accessible and “unlock data’s ability to power competitive advantage” and set down to build LucidWorks Search and Big Data, which released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s, Netf… […]

  2. […] The company employes one-fourth of the original committers to the Apache Lucene/Solr project. It was founded as Lucid Imagination in 2008 to provide support, training and consulting services for open source search technologies Lucene and Solr. However, the team saw greater opportunities to make open source search more accessible and “unlock data’s ability to power competitive advantage” and set down to build LucidWorks Search and Big Data, which released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s, Netf… […]

  3. […] The company employes one-fourth of those who originally committed to the Apache Lucene/Solr project. It started as Lucid Imagination in 2008 to provide support, training, and consulting services for open-source search technologies Lucene and Solr. However, it saw greater opportunities to make open-source search more accessible and “unlock data’s ability to power competitive advantage” and set down to build LucidWorks Search and Big Data, which released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s, Netf… […]

  4. […] The company employes one-fourth of those who originally committed to the Apache Lucene/Solr project. It started as Lucid Imagination in 2008 to provide support, training, and consulting services for open-source search technologies Lucene and Solr. However, it saw greater opportunities to make open-source search more accessible and “unlock data’s ability to power competitive advantage” and set down to build LucidWorks Search and Big Data, which released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  ATT, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s, Netflix a… […]