Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois
Frederic has spent more than five years covering news and providing analysis about technology, the industry and consumer tech related to the Internet with potential to influence industry direction. At TechCrunch, his focus spans from emerging technologies and niche startups to major product advances by industry titans – all innovation focused. Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded Silicon Filter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). CrunchBase profile →

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  • Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform

    Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform

    Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series D stage, but cloud platform provider Joyent today announced that it has raised an additional $15 million from existing investors Intel… Read More

  • W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete

    W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete

    More than four years ago, Steve Jobs declared war on Flash and heralded HTML5 as the way to go. You could be forgiven if you thought the HTML5 standard — the follow-up to 1997’s HTML 4 — has long been set in stone, given that developers, browser vendors and the press have been talking about it for years now. In reality, however, HTML5 was still in flux — until today. Read More

  • DigitalOcean Partners With Mesosphere To Allow Developers To Focus On Apps, Not Servers

    DigitalOcean Partners With Mesosphere To Allow Developers To Focus On Apps, Not Servers

    DigitalOcean, the fast-growing cloud hosting provider, today announced that it has partnered with Mesosphere to allow its users to quickly deploy a Mesosphere cluster on its platform. The idea behind Mesosphere is to allow developers to treat a cluster on DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine, AWS and similar platforms as a single pool or resources for their applications. The service is based… Read More

  • Microsoft Gives Developers More Ways To Integrate With Office 365

    Microsoft Gives Developers More Ways To Integrate With Office 365

    At TechEd Europe in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced the launch of a number of new APIs for Office 365, as well as new Office 365 SDKs for iOS and Android. The new APIs were previously only available in preview. With the Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts, developers will be able to interact with Microsoft’s Office suite directly from their own applications. Read More

  • ZenHub Helps Engineering Teams Manage Their GitHub Projects

    ZenHub Helps Engineering Teams Manage Their GitHub Projects

    GitHub is now popular enough for other companies to start building services around it. One of the latest projects that aims to make working with GitHub faster and easier is ZenHub. With ZenHub, teams get a project management service that is deeply integrated with GitHub and provides them with Trello-like drag-and-drop task boards, easy uploads for any type of file (GitHub’s interface… Read More

  • SwiftStack Raises $16M For Its Enterprise Object Storage Service

    SwiftStack Raises $16M For Its Enterprise Object Storage Service

    The open source OpenStack platform is seeing increased adoption in the enterprise and with that, the ecosystem of vendors around the platform is also growing. On the storage side, SwiftStack offers enterprises an OpenStack-based object storage service based on the Swift object storage platform. Today, SwiftStack announced that it has raised a $16 million Series B round led by OpenView… Read More

  • PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

    PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

    Our smartphones now allow us to take more photos than ever before, but even as those cameras get better, they still don’t allow you to take DSLR-quality images. For that, you still need big sensors and the right kind of lens for the right kind of situation. PhotoSpotLand is a new service for those of us who still like to travel with “real” cameras in order to take images that… Read More

  • AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Region

    AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Region

    Amazon today announced that it has opened the second data center for its AWS cloud computing service in Europe. The new Frankfurt region follows in the footsteps of the company’s operations in Ireland, which launched back in 2007. The Frankfurt region sports two availability zones (compared to the three zones in Ireland) in two separate data centers with independent power, cooling… Read More

  • Jostle Raises $2M For Its Intranet Platform

    Jostle Raises $2M For Its Intranet Platform

    If you have ever worked for a large corporation, then you have probably seen how outdated some of the intranet platforms on the market today are. the Vancouver-based startup Jostle wants to put a fresh face on intranet software. The service aims to make it easier for companies to publish news stories and announcements, host online discussions and share other… Read More

  • Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

    Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

    Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. Read More

  • Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company. “As an early startup, there is no way around trying to open all the doors,” he… Read More

  • CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    During our Disrupt London event today, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino sat down with CloudFlare co-founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn to talk about the company’s journey and challenges since it made its public debut as the runner-up in the Disrupt 2010 Startup Battlefield. Read More

  • Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safe

    Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safe

    For the longest time now, Google has recommended that users enable two-factor authentication for their accounts on its platforms (and anywhere else, really). But starting today, it is launching a second — even more secure — method for those who really want their accounts to stay safe. With Security Key support, users can now get a physical USB key through third-party providers… Read More

  • Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves

    Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves

    Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help employees collaborate. Because of this, the service knows quite a bit about who does what in a given business and now it allows businesses… Read More

  • Introducing API as a Service with InstantAPI

    InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant

    “In the world of cloud computing, APIs are the new currency,” Microsoft’s VP of its developer division S. “Soma” Somasegar told me last week. But if that’s true, then how can you best create an API for your services? There are a number of API management services on the market — and some of them sold for a lot of money recently — but you… Read More

  • Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

    Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

    Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate, which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process. Read More

  • There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

    There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

    At Disrupt Europe today, TechCrunch senior editor Jon Shieber talked to Peter Hames from Big Health, the National Director for Patients and Information in the National Health Service Tim Kelsey, and Dr. Dominic King from the HELIX Centre. Unsurprisingly, given these panelists, the first part of the panel focused on Ebola and the role tech can play in handing this and similar crises. Read More

  • Passage at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images

    Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen — maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver’s license. The team, which built this service over the course of the last 24 hours during our Disrupt London hackathon… Read More

  • Microsoft To Host Connect() Developer Event In New York Next Month

    Microsoft To Host Connect() Developer Event In New York Next Month

    Microsoft today announced that it will hold a small developer conference under the Connect() monicker in New York next month. Unlike the company’s usual developer events, which tend to center around major point releases or new products, this event is about giving developers more insight into what the company is working on and to start a conversation about those new features with developers. Read More

  • OpenStack’s Juno Release Focuses on Big Data, Network Function Virtualization

    OpenStack’s Juno Release Focuses on Big Data, Network Function Virtualization

    OpenStack, the open source software for building public and private clouds that’s being backed by a wide variety of industry heavyweights, today launched Juno, its latest point release. As usual, this release includes updates to all of the platform’s services, which now span the gamut from cloud computing to storage services, identity management and tools for processing large… Read More

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