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Averail exits stealth, nabs $6M to improve mobile file management

Mobile content management startup Averail has raised $6 million in its first round of funding and exited stealth mode, the company announced Tuesday morning.

Averail co-founder and head of marketing John Drewry told us the company wants to make management of files across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices work better in the enterprise. He said consumers are seeing more solutions for managing files than the enterprise.

“Organizations keep documents in many places,” Drewry said. “Employees are struggling with mobile collaboration, and we want to help solve that problem.”

I pointed out to Drewry that cloud-based file management providers like Box and Egnyte were already taking on this challenge with gusto. Each of those companies provides a variety of solutions to help companies share and store documents securely for enterprise users, including across mobile devices. But Drewry said there were still pieces missing.

“We don’t think a one-size-fits-all solution works for all companies,” Drewry said. “Box and Egnyte are tackling a part of the problem, but the cloud is not where all your content is.”

Menlo Park, Calif.-based Averail’s $6 million in funding comes from Foundation Capital and Storm Ventures. Paul Holland, General Partner at Foundation Capital, and Tae Hea Nahm, Managing Director at Storm Ventures, will join Averail’s board.

The company will announce its software solution in the “second half of 2012.”

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