Here’s a new one on turning against your former wet-nurse. Huddle was once a Microsoft BizSpark One company. But it’s business collaboration platform now competes with Microsoft’s Sharepoint. Indeed, there are rumours that UK-based Huddle (which now has a large SF office) was once yanked off stage at Mix ‘O6 at the last minute because someone realised the potential controversy. No stranger to controversy, Huddle also recently managed to convince Google to change it’s Google+ feature called Huddle. Now Huddle is back to harass its alma mater.
Microsoft is having its Sharepoint conference in Anaheim/LA, so Huddle turned up with a marching band and cheerleaders, branded Huddle of course. We gather Police tried to shut down the demo. Maybe they needed a break from OccupyWallStreet?
Huddle seems to be taking a few tips from the Salesforce playbook in its annoyance of Microsoft. Today’s it’s hired Simon O’Kane, former Managing Director, UK and Ireland, at Salesforce.com, as VP Enterprise. See where this is going?
Clients to date include Disney, HTC, Kia Motors and a 10 year deal with the UK government and says its sales have tripled in Q1 2011.