Guest Post I’ve promoted cloud computing since the very early days of my career — nearly ten years. While I still have a passion for the cloud, the technology’s value proposition has changed drastically over time.
Guest Post Cloud application valuations — and growth expectations — are at an all-time high. Who will chief marketing officers and sales leaders lean on to drive growth?
Second screen TV platform i.TV officially confirmed yesterday that it had acquired TV-focused social network GetGlue.
“It’s great to see the next generation of entrepreneurs focus on the enterprise,” said Charles Beeler, cofounder of Icon Ventures. “Frankly, it’s a huge market opportunity.”
It’s no huge surprise that the software industry is thriving post-recession — where it’s growing is much more valuable information.
Guest Post Enterprise software is changing in many ways. It’s moving to the cloud. Profit margins are getting squeezed. Customers are cutting costs and demanding more. The onus is now on vendors to prove their value-add.
“There’s three legs of marketing automation,” Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost, told me yesterday. “Presence, customer information, and remarketing. Most small businesses fail at all three steps.”
Editor’s Pick Oracle announced at OpenWorld today that is has added 10 cloud services, directly taking on competitors. Ellison, meanwhile, was watching the America’s Cup.
Zuora provides the tools to help businesses move from selling products to subscription models.
Xero and Expensify are getting chummy by letting you automatically port Expensify’s expense report data into Xero’s accounting system.
Guest Post Small and medium-size businesses are the economy’s biggest growth engine, and they stand to benefit disproportionately from the next generation of SaaS offerings.
“The quickness to market is incredible,” says Gregory Phillips, a senior web analyst at OfficeMax. “It’s literally hitting a button.”
Social networks are all about people, right? Perhaps, but they’re the worst industry at one of the most important things a brand can do: customer service.
And not just by a little.
Thanks to the magic of apps, tablets and smartphones are now cash registers, kiosks, demo stations, public calendars, and more. Thanks to the magic of management, that tablet or smartphone in your organization could be mine, yours, or some company’s.
You’re a technology salesperson. You want to sell to enterprise. How do you find everyone who uses McAfee, Kaspersky, or Sophos antivirus products, or locate companies who use Oracle on Intel Itanium chips?
Guest Post Marketo filed for IPO with impressive 80 percent year-over-year growth in 2012, with almost $60m in revenue.
Except, they lost $35m. WTF?
Guest Post I was recently involved with appraising the feasibility of moving one of the largest Oracle eBusiness suite installations in the UK to “on-demand.” This experience gave me some insights into the complexities behind such a move.
For the record, Steve Tannahill did not get his first tattoo when he was drunk, on a bet, or due to a dare. And unlike many others who ink in haste and laser at leisure, he didn’t regret his first tattoo … much. But for millions of others who do, Tannahill started Tattoo Hero.
A year ago UpTo was going to be the social network that lives in your calendar. Today, with 250,000 downloads, a million events, and a $2M series A round under his belt, CEO Greg Schwartz realizes that a modernized calendar is a big enough vision on its own, thank you very much.
COMS Interactive, a startup that produces an SaaS products for the health care industry, has securied a new $21 million round of funding, the company announced today.
The Software-as-a-Service company accomplishes introduces game-based competition to your sales team via an integration with the Salesforce CRM.
Ed-tech startup Instructure has raised $30 million led Bessemer Venture Partners. Instructure is the company behind Canvas, a learning management system (LMS) that is used by 425 colleges, universities, and school districts.
Leading corporate performance management (CPM) company Adaptive Planning has raised a massive $45 million in its fourth and final round of funding with a goal to further dominate the CPM space.
Editor’s Pick Despite the obvious flexibility and cost savings of cloud technologies, health care providers are treading carefully — largely because of security concerns.
Cofounder Avi Meir said he was inspired to start the company after realizing that most hotels still relied on “expensive, outdated, server-based technology.”
Guest Post The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.
We invited four enterprise CEO’s for an interview at the VentureBeat office. The catch? They had to explain their tricky tech to a panel of kids.
ChannelAdvisor filed for an IPO today, proposing to raise $86.25 million, although the price per share and number of shares has not yet been revealed.
“We’re kinda matching Zendesk and Evernote in user growth curve,” Holmes said. “Our progressive cycle to each additional million is getting shorter and shorter, which is a good thing.”
I asked Airtag CEO Jeremy Leroyer what happens when we deal with 35 different merchants: Do we need 35 different apps?
“Our mission, to help people everywhere see and understand data, isn’t all that different from Google’s,” Christian Chabot, the company’s cofounder and chief executive, told VentureBeat.
Ever had to collect thousands of applications and whittle them down to find the best hundred candidates? It’s not an easy task, but DecisionDesk wants to change that.
Evolv’s “big data” tech to increase workplace productivity and tenure has attracted the attention of investors.
Bloomfire thinks that Yammer isn’t tapping into all the different places employees might be important project information. The company, which has set out to help people search their own networks for relevant information, received $8 million today.
BizSlate is ideal for companies that have “outgrown Quickbooks” but don’t have ample resources at their disposal.
Guest Post We are in the early innings of a new wave of business-focused marketplaces that are likely to succeed, thanks to SaaS, which can serve as the system of record, and generate predictable revenue.
Guest Post Despite all the inroads cloud computing has made among business users, it still hasn’t broken through the enterprise IT logjam. I see it as a cultural issue: IT organizations love control and complexity.
Application monitoring business New Relic has scored $80 million in new funds, which will help it secure a place alongside other sexy enterprise startups like Box and Palantir.
Guest Post In the big SaaS land-grab, many companies are fully focused on pulling in new customers and are leaving existing customers untended.
Software giant Hewlett-Packard has announced the general availability of its Open Stack-powered public cloud service.