Aug
27
2015
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Narvar, A Service That Improves Online Post-Purchase Experiences, Raises $10M

narvar ipad screenshot Narvar, a startup that enables companies to better engage with customers after online purchases, said it has raised $10 million. Narvar provides companies with software that improves the post-purchase experience. That can include a better interface when it comes to shipping, more detailed text updates, and then of course options to return products and buy new ones. Those updates can even also… Read More

Aug
26
2015
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Google Hopes Open Source Will Give Its Cloud A Path To The Enterprise

google logo “Google is not an enterprise company and we are trying to become cognizant of what the enterprise needs,” Craig McLuckie, Google’s product manager in charge of its Kubernetes and Google Container Engine projects, acknowledged during a panel discussion at the OpenStack Foundation’s annual Silicon Valley event today. Read More

Aug
26
2015
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Hybrid Cloud Vendor Velostrata Comes Out Of Stealth With $14M Investment

colorful wires connected in network hub Velostrata, an early stage hybrid cloud startup, emerged from stealth today announcing a $14 million Series A investment. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock IL Partners. The company has a sophisticated hybrid cloud solution that decouples storage from compute resources, leaving the storage in place on-premises while running a virtual machine in the cloud. The… Read More

Aug
26
2015
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Intercom Raises $35M To Make Businesses Smarter About Their Customer Communication

Eoghan McCabe Intercom, a startup promising businesses a “fundamentally new” approach to communicating with their customers, has raised $35 million in Series C funding.
Co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe (pictured above) said the way that most online companies currently talk to their customers is “totally fucking broken,” with products and teams acting in isolation from one another. Read More

Aug
26
2015
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ZeroStack Hopes To Put Private Clouds Within Reach of Mid-Market

Servers sitting in the clouds. ZeroStack, a company that hopes to help mid-market companies set up a private cloud more easily, exited stealth today and announced $5.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Foundation Capital. ZeroStack also announced that Mark Leslie, founder and CEO and Veritas will be joining the board of directors. The promise of private clouds has been mostly confined to larger… Read More

Aug
25
2015
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More Layoffs For Intuit As Company Continues Realignment

Intuit quickbooks Intuit is laying off 249 employees, mostly in the company’s Small Business Group, according to an internal memo from CEO Brad Smith reviewed by TechCrunch. We first heard about the layoffs this morning, and Intuit confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch. In June, Intuit laid off 399 employees as part of a company realignment. Last week as part of its quarterly earnings, the company said that… Read More

Aug
25
2015
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Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Early Startup With Roots In NSA

Big Data concept picture with ones and zeros going off into infinity. Hortonworks, the big data company built on Hadoop, bought early-stage startup Onyara today. The company, which launched at the end of last year, has its roots in the NSA — yes that NSA. The Onyara engineers worked at the NSA for 8 years helping to develop a technology that would later be known as Apache NiFi. The NSA released the technology to the open source community last year as… Read More

Aug
25
2015
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Slack Leans On Companies Like Box And Nuzzel To Use “Add To Slack” Buttons For Contextual Integration

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 9.24.52 AM Slack’s true power is being a platform. A platform that other tools can plug into and play nice with. The company says there are 80+ of these types of integrations and thousands of developers hacking away at adding more. Right now, you have to rely on you or someone on your team finding the integrations that you want on the integrations page and then adding it to your instance of Slack.… Read More

Aug
25
2015
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Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product

Salesforce cloud logo against blue curtain. Salesforce.com lifted the curtain on Salesforce Lightning today, the completely redesigned version of its core CRM product. As is often the case with Salesforce, the announcement included several pieces. At the same time, it announced the first in a series of industry-specific CRM packages. The new version has been designed with a cleaner, more modern looking interface. It streamlines… Read More

Aug
25
2015
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Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership

Hand manipulating data on a tablet with blueish hue. BlueData, a company that helps customers generate virtualized big data clusters, announced a $20 million Series C round and a partnership with Intel today. Intel Capital led the round. Also participating were Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners, as well as a strategic investor who chose to remain anonymous. As part of the deal, Doug Fisher, senior vice president of Intel… Read More