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Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

Anaplan CEO: We no longer fit the traditional startup model

Having raised just shy of $300 million, the budgeting and planning startup Anaplan joined the fabled ‘Unicorn Club’ of $1 billion+ valued companies in 2016. It was one of IDG Connect’s ‘Red Hot B2B startups’. Things went quiet, however, after Frederic Laluyaux left the company and Anaplan spent nearly a year in the wilderness without a CEO.

Former Cisco and Red Hat CFO Frank A. Calderoni took charge of Anaplan in January of 2017 and was tasked with taking the company to the next level; evolving the technology, scaling the company, and eventually, an IPO. So how have the last 14-odd months been for Calderoni?

“I think we’ve come a long way in the last year, for me for as well for the company,” he tells Connect. “I can't look at the last year and say there's anything that was a disappointment.”

The Yorkshire, UK-founded and San Francisco-headquartered company has changed a lot since its founding in 2006. Since Calderoni’s arrival, however, Anaplan has grown up to be something more mature than your standard startup.

“We don't fit the traditional startup model. I would consider us kind of late stage startup, matured. I think you've see a lot of that maturity over the last year.”

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