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Snowflake joins the late-summer IPO parade

The cloud database company recorded $264.7 million in revenue last year, a 174% jump.

It didn't take long for Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman to feel more confident about the public market.

After declaring the IPO market "effectively closed" earlier this year in an interview with Protocol, Slootman's cloud database company filed to go public Monday.

In its S-1 registration statement, Snowflake disclosed revenue of $264.7 million for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2020, but also reported a loss of $348.5 million during that period.

Snowflake's cloud database software is popular with companies doing high levels of data analysis, and the product runs on all three major cloud platforms: AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. It's especially popular at Capital One: The financial services company accounted for 11% of Snowflake's revenue last year.

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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