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7 cool Kubernetes startups to watch in 2023

There is no doubt that, in recent years, Kubernetes startups are soaring, and for good reason. With major acquisitions, prosperous funding rounds and leaps in innovation, 2022 has been thrilling for this space. This list was chosen based on the firms that stood out to us in recent years for their innovation and growth and are anticipated to have even more of an impact on the market in 2023.

1. Rezonate

Co-Founder, CEO: Roy Akerman

HQ: Tel Aviv, Israel

Founded in January 2022, Rezonate is a firm that provides an agent-less platform for cloud identity protection for your identity provider, multicloud infrastructure, and Kubernetes service accounts. Their goal is to assist DevOps teams in reducing the potential for attackers to compromise cloud identity and access. In less than a year since its inception, Rezonate announced an $8.7 million seed investment round, including State of Mind Ventures, Flybridge, to Day Ventures, Merlin Ventures, and other angel investors participating. Ori Amiga, CTO, emphasized the company’s short yet astonishing journey, “The fact that in just 10 months from our first line of code we already have active customers, solving key gaps daily, affirms the criticality of the cloud identity and access issue.”

2. Zesty

Co-Founder, CEO: Maxim Melamedov & Co-Founder, CTO: Alexey Baikov

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

Founded in 2019, Zesty is setting new standards with intelligent cloud management technology that automatically expands cloud resources to meet real-time application needs. Zesty’s automation promotes cloud efficiency, boosts DevOps productivity, and lowers cloud storage expenses by up to 70%. This year they unveiled Zesty Disk for Kubernetes– “the first dynamic block storage auto-scaler”. Zesty tripled its revenue since its Series A last year, and its user base increased by 127% between 2021 and 2022. In 2022, they raised $75 million in Series B funding.

3. Traceable

Co-Founder, CEO: Jyoti Bansal

Headquarters: San Francisco, United States

Traceable, the leading API security and observability provider in the sector, delivers deep analytics for threat hunting and forensic investigation, detects APIs, assesses API risk posture, and thwarts API attacks. It secured $60 million in Series B funding in 2022. With this funding, it was able to accelerate its product development in API protection and enabled organizations to proactively test APIs for vulnerabilities in pre-production environments. GigaOm Radar for API Security Report named Traceable as a leader in the field, a further testament to their position in the industry and growing concern for API security across all verticals, including Kubernetes services. Bansal, CEO, added that “We are excited to be the leader at the forefront of API security and continuously helping our customers succeed. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for our continued growth and evolution in 2023 and beyond”

4. Komodor

Co-Founder, CEO: Ben Ofiri

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

Komodor, founded in 2020, focuses on keeping track of and solving Kubernetes-related problems. In 2022, it raised $42 million in a Series B round of funding led by Tiger Global. Companies use Komodor to monitor changes made throughout their whole Kubernetes stack. This allows them to analyze any unintended consequences of their changes and gain context to assist them in addressing problems. The company’s revenue grew by 700% in nine months between 2021-2022, an indication of the major product improvements they made. Komodor plans on continuing its success with aggressive growth and product improvement strategies.

5. Rapidfort

Co-Founder, CEO: Mehran Farimani

Headquarters: California, United States

RapidFort, a cybersecurity platform, reported raising $8.5 million in a seed round of funding. By determining which components in a Kubernetes container are actually required to operate an application, the service lowers the attack surface. RapidFort asserts that its solution aids businesses in improving security anywhere from 60% to 90%. While the company is striving to make its service compatible with virtual machines which are bigger and have more components, RapidFort is now working with Kubernetes containers.

6. Cast AI

Co-Founder, CEO: Yuri Frayman

Headquarters: Miami, United States

Cast AI, founded in 2015, is an autonomous Kubernetes management platform. Customers of AWS, GCP, and Azure have seen a reduction in cloud costs between 60% to 90% all thanks to Cast AI. It analyzes millions of data points and constantly seeks the best bargain between great performance and low cost. For every Kubernetes workload, the platform provides a low-cost, high-performing, and robust infrastructure. This statement comes after the company introduced its tool for reducing AWS costs and released the first single-cluster multicloud solution in the market. After securing $10 million in Series A funding in 2021, this year they have gone on to release Cloud Security Insights, a free security analysis tool that integrates into an organization’s AI-driven cloud optimization platform.

7. StackBlitz

Co-Founder, CEO: Eric Simons

Headquarters: San Francisco, United States

StackBlitz, founded in 2018, is a Kubernetes application. It is a developer-focused firm that provides a complete development environment in your browser using WebAssembly and WebContainers. In a cloud environment similar to “Google Suite,” essential tools like source code editors, automation, and debugging are all available. Google and other globally renowned enterprise developers already utilize StackBlitz. In 2022, the company raised $7.9 million in a seed round led by Greylock, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub Co-founder), and other leaders across the developer space. 


As demand for scalability and cost efficiency keeps increasing, so will Kubernetes-based start-ups and their services. The past few years have seen a tremendous increase in funding, growth, and interest in this industry which is bound to translate into more innovation and competition, and use cases. We can’t imagine 2023 being any less exciting for this space. 

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