Pandora, an online radio station, has filed to go public to raise $100 million, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Companies keep using the phrase “cloud computing” to describe their services. I don’t think it means what they think it means.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Venture Capitalists are increasingly optimistic about the immediate future of investing in Silicon Valley. Their confidence registered 3.75 on a 5 point scale, with 5 indicating high confidence and 1 indicating low confidence, according to the quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index released today.
It turns out that the cloud is just a bunch of buildings.
A new report shows that most companies developed at Y Combinator, the much-watched Silicon Valley incubator known for both the geeky prowess of the startups it grooms and the Hollywood glitz of the investors it draws to its Demo Day events, launched on the cheap. The Y Combinator graduates, including much-discussed stars like travel site Hipmunk and online-storage service Dropbox showed a strong preference for cost-saving cloud-computing services for storage and processing and Web-based software like Google’s Gmail for internal communication.
Assistly, a customer relationship management (CRM) software provider that specializes in social media, announced today that it has raised $3 million in its second round of funding.
Dell announced today that it will acquire network security firm SecureWorks. This is another acquisition aimed at preventing its smaller and mid-sized business customers from migrating to public cloud providers like Amazon.
Ifbyphone, a provider of web-based services that interact with phone calls, has raised $8 million in its second round of funding from Apex Venture Partners, Origin Ventures and Spring Mill Ventures.
Dell said it will acquire Insite One, a developer of medical archiving cloud applications, for an undisclosed price.
SugarCRM, a developer and provider of open-source customer relationship management (CRM) software, is worth somewhere in the range of $350 – $360 million, according to a new report by research firm NeXt Up!
Salesforce, a developer of customer relationship management (CRM) software, announced today that it has acquired email contact manager Etacts for an undisclosed sum.
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Venture capitalists say they will invest more in 2011 as hiring in the sector heats up and selling begins to shake off the lingering woes of the financial crisis, according to a study released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource.
Every kind of operation needs enterprise software — even ones that send people to the moon.
Nasuni, a provider of software that streamlines data transfer to cloud storage outlets, announced today that it has raised $15 million in its second round of funding led by Flybridge Capital Partners.
Cloudkick, a developer of web applications that help manage cloud computing environments, announced today that it has agreed to be bought out by cloud computing provider Rackspace for an undisclosed sum.
Spoken Communications, a provider of speech recognition software for call centers and the like, announced today that it has picked up $4 million in its most recent round of funding to help promote its virtual call centers.
An analyst at Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, said in a report that Microsoft would see slowed revenue growth next year as long as it “maintains the status quo” with its current attitude toward tablet computers.
Dell has picked up cloud storage provider Compellent for $820 million after losing out on its bid for storage provider 3Par a few months ago to Hewlett-Packard.
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Salesforce’s newest product, a cloud-based database called database.com, isn’t going to unseat Oracle’s database products any time soon, according to Facebook’s chief information officer Tim Campos. He made the comments at a media luncheon at the Dreamforce 2010 conference in San Francisco today.
Salesforce announced today that it has acquired Heroku, which develops and deploys web-based applications that rely on the programming language Ruby on Rails, for $212 million as part of its Cloud 2 suite of cloud applications. The company made the announcement at the Dreamforce 2010 conference in San Francisco.
SnapLogic, a provider of software that connects cloud applications, got a pretty strong vote of confidence today — investing titan Ben Horowitz of Andreessen-Horowitz has joined the company’s board as part of a $10 million fundraising round.
Cloud storage provider Panzura has raised $12 million in a second round of funding. The San Jose, Calif., company aims to provide Web-connected cloud storage that is faster than storage devices attached directly to locally hosted servers.
Oh how the tables have turned.
William Adams, better known as Will.I.Am of the music group Black Eyed Peas, said he isn’t sure what the cloud is. But he knows what he wants it to do for his fans.
Salesforce, one of the largest providers of web-based customer relationship management (CRM) software, announced today that it is launching a cloud-based database at Database.com for its developers.
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Juniper Networks, a provider of computer networking technology, announced today that it has acquired network security specialist Altor Networks for $95 million.
Enterprise cloud management software company Abiquo has raised around $10 million in a second round of funding. The company is ramping up its global sales and marketing in a bid to compete in an increasingly crowded “private” cloud marketplace.
Hatsize, a service that helps companies demo and test new technology, announced today that it has raised $5 million in its first round of funding to execute its plans for aggressive global expansion.
Scale Computing, a provider of small-scale computer storage databases, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its third round of funding to triple its staff over the next three years.
Dell makes a good chunk of change off selling servers. The Texas-based company raked in $1.8 billion off server sales in the last quarter alone — which was up 20 percent from $1.5 billion the same quarter a year earlier.
Flash back to just about two months ago. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, walked on stage on the first evening of Oracle OpenWorld 2010 and unveiled the Exadata server. It was about three times the size of his speaking podium.
Ready to find out what the cloud really means? (Turns out it’s not just a fancy name for the Internet after all.)
Guest Post Andy McLoughlin is the cofounder and EVP of strategy of Huddle, a provider of cloud-based collaboration tools. Huddle is sponsoring VentureBeat’s first-ever webinar on cloud computing on Nov. 17. McLoughlin contributed this column to VentureBeat.
Dell executives are considering taking the personal computer manufacturer private after losing a bidding war with Hewlett-Packard over storage provider 3Par, its chief financial officer said in an interview with CNNMoney.com.
Cyber security company Endgame Systems announced today that it has raised $29 million in its first round of funding from a number of firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.