LightStep is a leading provider of application performance management (APM) for organizations adopting microservices and serverless.

LightStep diagnoses anomalies and slowdowns, spanning mobile, monoliths, and microservices: best-in-class observability, at scale, for modern applications.

LightStep was founded in 2015 by Daniel Spoonhower, Ben Sigelman and Ben Cronin. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

LightStep's mission is to deliver confidence at scale for those who develop, operate and rely upon today’s powerful software applications.

LightStep's first product, LightStep [x]PM, is reinventing application performance management. It provides accurate, detailed snapshots of the entire software system at any point in time, enabling organizations to identify bottlenecks and resolve incidents rapidly.


LightStep has achieved record revenue growth and added key customers including Airtable, BigCommerce, Indeed, InVision, Ola, Medium, Segment, Sift Science, SkyScanner, Under Armour, Zalando and many others. The company has analyzed more than 100 trillion microservice calls and almost 10 petabytes of data in the past year alone.


LightStep is backed by Redpoint, Sequoia, Altimeter Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Harrison Metal and others. The company raised $41M in a Series C financing on Dec 05, 2018. This brings LightStep's total funding to $70M to date.


LightStep has been recognized in the “Cool Vendors in Performance Analysis; Analytics and Containers” report by Gartner, Inc., was named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of the Forbes 2018 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, and was selected as a MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase finalist.



  • Year founded: 2015
  • Funding Info: $70M over 4 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series C)
  • Yearly Revenue: $5M-$10M (2019)
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: San Francisco
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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