• Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning. As Stephen Stills once sang, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” Metacloud offers OpenStack as… Read More

  • ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More

  • PeerSpace Raises $1.5 Million To Create An Airbnb For Creative Work And Meeting Spaces

    PeerSpace Raises $1.5 Million To Create An Airbnb For Creative Work And Meeting Spaces

    Airbnb has built a huge platform that allows users to rent out their rooms and homes to people looking for a place to stay. But what about when businesses want to find interesting spots to hold meetings, brainstorming sessions, or team offsites? For that, they have a new startup called PeerSpace. Read More

  • Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Up until now, Zendesk’s customers have tended to come from the small to medium business space, but the company hopes to get a piece of the larger, more lucrative enterprise market by creating a program aimed specifically at larger companies, opportunities they used to cede to larger competitors. Marcus Bragg, who is Zendesk’s senior vice president for worldwide sales and… Read More

  • Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Apple’s iOS 8 operating system unlocks a key system component, providing access to the software keyboard slot to third-party developers. That’s going to mean a lot of new keyboard apps popping up in the coming days, weeks and months, but some of the top players in the space are already on board. Fleksy, for instance, will launch today along with iOS 8, and I got the chance to test… Read More

  • Kuaidi Girds For Global Battle As The Ride Sharing Wars Heat Up In China

    Kuaidi Girds For Global Battle As The Ride Sharing Wars Heat Up In China

    Kuaidi Dache, the Chinese taxi hailing and ride-sharing service is going global even as competition heats up in its home market. China’s congested streets, millions of willing users, arcane policies for buying and driving cars, all make it a perfect market for the taxi hailing and ride sharing apps that have become the darling of venture investors. Earlier this year, the… Read More

  • Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere bought OrlyAtomics, a database technology company today in what appears to be a straight talent acquisition deal. The four OrlyAtomics engineers will become part of the Mesosphere team immediately.  No terms were available. Mesosphere, which is based on the open source Mesos project, wants to build what they call a datacenter operating system that allows companies to operate at… Read More

  • Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team members faced themselves when they worked as developers, namely that it’s… Read More

  • Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia

    Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia

    LightSpeed wants to provide the software and services that help brick-and-mortar retailers increase sales and improve the general customer experience. To do that, the company has raised $35 million in Series B funding from iNovia Capital, with participation from previous investor Accel Partners. Read More