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Cloud: Can Salesforce Kick Its Oracle Habit and Go Open Source?

Canadian Angel Boris Wertz Raises $15 Million To Launch Micro-VC Fund Version One Ventures

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After years of investing his own money, Canadian angel Boris Wertz has raised $15 million and created a new fund that will enable him to make even larger investments in early-stage startups. The fund, which will be focused on consumer Internet, software-as-a-service, e-commerce, and mobile companies. Wertz was the Chief...
Canadian Angel Boris Wertz Raises $15 Million To Launch Micro-VC Fund Version One Ventures

Salesforce.com hires former Oracle executive as president

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Salesforce.com has hired a key former Oracle executive Keith Block as its president and vice chairman.He will lead the enterprise cloud computing company's global sales, customer support and consulting services businesses, and has also been appointed to the company's board.Block, who was executive vice president of Oracle's North America...
Salesforce.com hires former Oracle executive as president

Salesforce.com Gets Access to Twitter's Firehose

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Salesforce.com announced late tonight that it has signed a strategic alliance with Twitter that will bring the global “firehose” of 400 million daily tweets right inside its Radian6 social intelligence application. Radian6 is the Canadian social analytics outfit for which Salesforce paid $326 million in March of 2011. Since then...
Salesforce.com Gets Access to Twitter's Firehose
Forrester Report Shows Amazon AWS Reigns Supreme With Developers As Windows Azure Gains Momentum

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

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Founders Den co-founder and angel investor Zachary Bogue has joined forces with seasoned big data VC Matt Ocko, Metamarkets founder Michael Driscoll and Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross to launch Data Collective, the world’s first Big Data-only early stage investment fund. The two Data Collective co-founders, who are currently raising fund number...
Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

Salesforce announces summer launch for Communities, its service to unite customer and business conversations

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Salesforce is back at it again with another feature to help its company customers be more social. This time it’s looking to help combine the world of business processes with the one of social interactions to launch Salesforce Communities. Leveraging the Chatter platform, along with other Salesforce products, businesses can...
Salesforce announces summer launch for Communities, its service to unite customer and business conversations

Here's Why Square Couldn't Swipe A $4 Billion Valuation

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Square is about to raise $200 million in a round led by Rizvi Traverse Management, the New York Times is reporting. The deal would give the San Francisco-based online-payments startup a valuation of $3.25 billion--double what it was worth a year ago, but short of the $4 billion to $5...
Here's Why Square Couldn't Swipe A $4 Billion Valuation

The Team From YC-Backed Stypi Heads To Salesforce To Work On Enterprise Collaboration

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It looks like the team from Y Combinator-backed Stypi is heading to Salesforce, according to this blog post. It’s unclear if this is an acq-hire or an actual acquisition. We’ve contacted Salesforce for confirmation. As we reported last year, Stypi develops lightweight, real-time collaborative text editor. It’s similar in many...
The Team From YC-Backed Stypi Heads To Salesforce To Work On Enterprise Collaboration

Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

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Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham just Tweeted an interesting data point about the valuations of YC startups. As of now, Graham says that 37 Y Combinator companies, out of 511 startups, have valuations of or sold for at least $40 million. My first thought when reading Graham’s Tweet was which...
Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

CEO Supper Club: Aaron Levie’s Key to Beating Dropbox

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As the wine-soaked CEO Supper Club continued through the evening, I asked Box’s Aaron Levie about the key differentiator between Box and Dropbox and how he competes with such an impressive company. As he answered the question it became clear: Intense, unblinking focus. Just watch. As is also clear...
CEO Supper Club: Aaron Levie’s Key to Beating Dropbox

Salesforce.com preps intranet app

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Salesforce.com plans to ship in the second half of the year a hosted application for companies to create intranets that are accessible via mobile devices and that offer enterprise social networking (ESN) capabilities to employees.Called Company Communities, the application uses Salesforce.com's Chatter ESN product and combines it with newly...
Salesforce.com preps intranet app
Real-Time Yammer Competitor Hall Launches New Apps For iOS And Mac; Hits 10K Businesses, Double-Digit Growth

Facebook Just Moved Into A Big New Office In Seattle (FB)

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A year and a half ago, Facebook opened a Seattle office. Since then, a lot of other companies, like Zynga and Salesforce, have followed suit. But Facebook ran out of space as the Seattle outpost grew to more than 90 people. Today, the company moved into a new office on...
Facebook Just Moved Into A Big New Office In Seattle (FB)

Enterprise Cloud Integration Company SnapLogic Raises $20M From Ignition, Andreessen Horowitz

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SnapLogic, a company that helps enterprises integrate their cloud environments with on-premise solutions, has raised $20 million Series C funding round led by Ignition Partners, joined by Triangle Peak Partners and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. To date, SnapLogic has raised a total of $32.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Maples Investments,...
Enterprise Cloud Integration Company SnapLogic Raises $20M From Ignition, Andreessen Horowitz

CrowdFlower Co-Founder Lukas Biewald Becomes CEO (Again)

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CrowdFlower, a startup that helps businesses manage crowdsourced labor, has named a new CEO — co-founder Lukas Biewald. The company, formerly known as Dolores Labs, launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2009. Biewald actually served as CEO for most of its history, but in August of last year, Woody Hobbs...
CrowdFlower Co-Founder Lukas Biewald Becomes CEO (Again)

Social Data: Gigya Launches User Management Platform To Put Marketers In The Driver's Seat

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Businesses understand the importance of implementing a social strategy in the Facebook Era — and not just because it’s cool, but because it can have a real effect on user engagement. Just ask Salesforce, which recently acquired Buddy Media for $643 million or Oracle, who followed suit by snatching up...
Social Data: Gigya Launches User Management Platform To Put Marketers In The Driver's Seat

Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Enterprise Social Media Startup

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Marcus Nelson, co-founder of customer service startup UserVoice, left his role as head of social media at Salesforce.com back in April to start a company called Addvocate — and now he’s starting to talk about what he’s up to. When I met with Nelson yesterday, he gave me a quick...
Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Enterprise Social Media Startup

Salesforce.com confirms it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media

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Salesforce.com has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media more than two months after the enterprise software giant first confirmed that the deal to buy the social media-focused site had been reached. No price is given in the announcement, which was made early but only added to...
Salesforce.com confirms it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media

YC-Backed Chute Nabs $2.7M From Salesforce & More To Become The Twilio For Media Content

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Chute knows you’re tired of hearing about yet another photo-sharing or photo-syncing app. So, although it dwells in the photo sphere, thankfully Chute is taking a different approach. The recent Y Combinator grad set out to become the go-to service that app developers and content producers turn to for managing...
YC-Backed Chute Nabs $2.7M From Salesforce & More To Become The Twilio For Media Content

The Data-Driven Enterprise Marketing Revolution

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Image copyright CartoonresourceEarly on in the development of the Web, marketers talked about the promise of true “one-to-one marketing,” where the experience of interacting with a brand would be unique to the individual. Marketers eagerly proclaimed they would be able to deliver exactly the right message at the right place...
The Data-Driven Enterprise Marketing Revolution

Votigo moves beyond promotions to provide conversation management and other social marketing software

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Social marketing and promotions software company Votigo recently expanded its platform to provide a full cross-network publisher, conversation manager and analytics tools. Votigo co-founder and CEO Mike La Rotonda tells us it has long been part of the company’s vision to offer these additional services, but it had been previously...
Votigo moves beyond promotions to provide conversation management and other social marketing software

Stalking Shadow IT: Amazon Assembles An Enterprise Cloud Army

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If you're like most enterprise IT professionals, you have serious concerns about cloud computing. According to a new Lieberman Software 2012 Cloud Security Survey, sponsored by the Cloud Security Alliance, 88% of the 300 IT professionals surveyed believe that some of their data hosted in the cloud could be lost, corrupted...
Stalking Shadow IT: Amazon Assembles An Enterprise Cloud Army

Google, Apple top LinkedIn's list of most sought-after employers

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Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, salesforce.com and Expedia are also the top companies on the list. [Read more]...
Google, Apple top LinkedIn's list of most sought-after employers

Now Amazon Veterans Are Running Groupon (GRPN, AMZN)

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Now that Groupon has fired its CEO, Andrew Mason, the e-commerce company is largely in the hands of its current management team. And more than half of its management team previously worked at the largest e-commerce company in the world, Amazon.com. (They of course report up to Groupon investors and...
Now Amazon Veterans Are Running Groupon (GRPN, AMZN)

CHARTS: Facebook Is Becoming Bloated With Salespeople As Its Ad Business Slows

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Facebook shocked observers yesterday with Q1 2012 earnings that showed a sequential decline in revenue. It was seasonal—the ad business always slows after the holiday shopping season—but still, people have come to expect big things from Facebook. (Although B.I. Advertising predicted Facebook's Q1 would soften back on April 16 and...
CHARTS: Facebook Is Becoming Bloated With Salespeople As Its Ad Business Slows

Twitter Launches Ads API, So Marketers Can Run Campaigns Through Adobe, Salesforce, Others

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Twitter just announced via blog post that it has launched an advertising API, which will allow brands to run ad campaigns through the company’s API partners, rather than having to buy them through Twitter itself. This confirms a report by TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden saying that Twitter would launch its ads...
Twitter Launches Ads API, So Marketers Can Run Campaigns Through Adobe, Salesforce, Others

Naked, Drunken Stupidity And A Jerk-Of-A 'Friend' May Cost A Startup Founder His Acquisition

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AlphaBoost CEO Matt Monahan is currently trying to sell his social marketing startup, Nitasha Tiku and Patrick Clark of BetaBeat report. But that might prove to be a bit more difficult than expected, in light of his "friend" posting a video of Monahan drunk and naked while on vacation in India...
Naked, Drunken Stupidity And A Jerk-Of-A 'Friend' May Cost A Startup Founder His Acquisition
Yammer, Jive, Microsoft Sharepoint are "blank pieces of paper," says startup

Gartner: Worldwide CRM revenue grew 12.5 percent in 2012

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Global CRM (customer relationship management) revenue grew 12.5 percent last year to US$18 billion, a rate three times that of all enterprise software segments on average, as companies look to acquire more business and serve existing customers better, according to a new Gartner report.Salesforce.com overtook SAP as the largest...
Gartner: Worldwide CRM revenue grew 12.5 percent in 2012
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