Ron Miller

Ron Miller is enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. He has been a Freelance Technology Journalist since 1998.

In addition, he is Contributing Editor at EContent Magazine where he writes the Media Redux column and an occasional contributor at Smart Industry, a blog on Industrial Internet of Things.

He helped launch and still runs the blog socmedianews.com. Past regular gigs included CITEworld, DaniWeb, TechTarget, Internet Evolution and FierceContentManagement.

Disclosures:

Ron is currently corporate blogger for Intronis where he writes once weekly on issues related to IT and a weekly feature called The Cloud 5 where he aggregates five links related to the cloud computing. He has contributed to various corporate blogs in the past including Ness, Novell and the IBM Mid-market Blogger Program.

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  • FinancialForce Hauls In $110M Investment

    FinancialForce Hauls In $110M Investment

    FinancialForce, the cloud ERP system (enterprise resource planning) built on top of the Salesforce1 platform, announced a new round of funding tonight, landing $110M in additional investment. This round follows a $50M round just last April. Today’s investment is led by Technology Crossover Ventures with additional money coming from Salesforce Ventures. It brings the total investment… Read More

  • Realm Can Expand Its Reach With $20M Investment

    Realm Can Expand Its Reach With $20M Investment

    Realm, makers of a small mobile database that resides inside an app directly on a smartphone or other smart device, announced $20M in investment today. The round is led by Khosla Ventures, which also led its Series A round, along with new investor Scale Venture Partners. Today’s money brings the total investment to $29M. Andy Vitus of Scale Venture Partners and David Helgason, founder… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Twin Prime Lands $9.5M To Make Your App Just Work

    Twin Prime Lands $9.5M To Make Your App Just Work

    You know when you’re looking at your phone and you see five bars and you think you’re golden. Then you try to do something and the app you’re using is just hanging in spite of the bars. Twin Prime, a company that came out of stealth this week, and announced $9.5M in funding, wants to solve that problem. It’s working with app developers to make sure that you don’t… Read More

  • Congressman Darrell Issa | SXSW 2015

    Darrell Issa: Government Shouldn’t Protect Dinosaur Industries

    Congressman Darrell Issa, a Republican from California showed up at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas  last week and he had a lot to say about the government’s role when it comes to technology entrepreneurs — mostly that it should stay the heck out of the way. When talking about disrupted industries Issa said, “First of all, it’s not our job to protect dinosaur… Read More

  • YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    The three founders of Moltin, a member of the 2015 Y Combinator winter class, like many fellow members birthed their company idea out of necessity, coming up with a way to solve an entrenched problem they were facing. In this case, they were working for a design agency in England, and they found adding e-commerce functionality like a shopping cart to a website was too hard and often… Read More

  • McDonald’s Teams With General Assembly For Employee Training Pilot

    McDonald’s Teams With General Assembly For Employee Training Pilot

    McDonald’s announced a partnership with General Assembly today at South by Southwest. They are launching a pilot program in which a small subset of McDonald’s employees can take one of two GA courses and receive a monthly stipend for the duration of the courses. Interested employees will have to take an aptitude test to determine their fitness for the program, but once… Read More

  • Connected Home Products Need To Shift From Nerds To Normals

    Connected Home Products Need To Shift From Nerds To Normals

    While connecting devices in the home to the internet creates all kinds of interesting possibilities, the concept still has a ways to go before it really enters the mainstream — and there are a number of obstacles, according to Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. “In general there is a belief that the internet brings functionality to devices you could not have without it. Trying to crack the… Read More

  • WTF
    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    A small group of protesters held signs and handed out t-shirts to protest robots today at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. What did they have against robots you might ask? Well, they are (apparently, seriously) concerned that robots could one day surpass human intelligence and they were genuinely anxious about this. A spokesperson for the group told TechCrunch they hoped to raise… Read More

  • Three 20-Somethings Sell College Project To Docker

    Three 20-Somethings Sell College Project To Docker

    It’s been quite a whirlwind journey for the three founders of Kitematic, a tool that helps dramatically speed up Docker installs. Less than two years ago they were college students working out of their apartment near the University of Waterloo when they came up with the idea that would become Kitematic. Today, those three founders — Jeff Morgan, Michael Chiang and Sean… Read More

  • SignalFX Emerges From Stealth To Modernize Cloud Application Monitoring

    SignalFX Emerges From Stealth To Modernize Cloud Application Monitoring

    SignalFx, a cloud application monitoring company designed to help customers visualize issues and work at Web scale, came out of stealth today revealing two previously unannounced funding rounds and launching their product publicly for the first time totaling $28.5 million. The first round was in March 2013 for $8.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Ben Horowitz joined their board. The… Read More

  • Zuora $115M Investment Round Validates Subscription Approach

    Zuora $115M Investment Round Validates Subscription Approach

    Zuora, the company that helps customers manage their subscription models, today announced a massive $115M funding round involving not just Silicon Valley venture capitalists, but also public market investors. Those public market names include Wellington Management Company LLP and Blackrock Inc, as well as Premji and Passport Capital. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners… Read More

  • Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything

    Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything

    The Internet of Things is a term that’s being bandied about with increasing frequency these days. You could think of it as the “cloud” of 2015 — that buzzword that marketers put in absolutely everything because it makes their company sound cool and hip. The Internet of Things in actuality involves a network of smart sensors collecting data. As the sensors grow ever… Read More

  • MassChallenge Launches Maker Space To Encourage Prototyping

    MassChallenge Launches Maker Space To Encourage Prototyping

    Boston-based startup incubator MassChallenge launched a 5,000 square-foot maker space today called Made @ MassChallenge to allow participants to create prototypes onsite. The new area is adjacent to the MassChallenge offices in Boston and enables those folks developing hardware prototypes to move easily between the two spaces during the day. The environment was created with the help… Read More

  • Salesforce First Enterprise App To Jump On Apple Watch Bandwagon

    Salesforce First Enterprise App To Jump On Apple Watch Bandwagon

    When Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of technology demonstrated how apps worked on the Apple Watch today, he showed some cool examples such as ordering an Uber and checking in to your hotel from the Watch, but he also included a quick peek at an app from Salesforce. It was the only truly enterprise app for the Watch that Apple showed today. Lynch showed how a person might use the Watch… Read More

  • Storage Industry Vet Paula Long To Speak At Disrupt NY

    Storage Industry Vet Paula Long To Speak At Disrupt NY

    Paula Long, CEO and co-founder at storage startup DataGravity has been around high tech for over 30 years and she has the distinction of launching multiple companies, including one that sold for over a billion dollars. Needless to say, we’re excited to have her speak at Disrupt NY. She co-founded her latest venture, DataGravity in 2012 and has received $92M in funding so far including… Read More

  • On Eve Of Apple Watch Launch, History On Apple’s Side

    On Eve Of Apple Watch Launch, History On Apple’s Side

    Apple has a wee announcement tomorrow. Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s called The Apple Watch, and tomorrow’s the big day. Naturally in the days before the launch, as with past device debuts, we are hearing a range of predictions about how it will flop, be wildly successful and everything in between. In fact, today feels a lot like the day before the iPad came out in 2010. There was… Read More

  • Teetering On The Edge Of Virtual Reality At Mobile World Congress

    Teetering On The Edge Of Virtual Reality At Mobile World Congress

    As I walked around Mobile World Congress this week, I couldn’t help but notice some big trends. The Internet of Things was certainly top of mind. Vendors are merging mobile into your biggest mobile device: your car. Smartwatches are a growing force, but what really caught my attention is that we are teetering on the edge of mass market virtual reality. TechCrunch’s John Biggs got… Read More

  • Google Glass Is Alive And Well And Living In The Enterprise

    Google Glass Is Alive And Well And Living In The Enterprise

    Rumors of Google Glass’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Google Glass is not dead. It’s not hospitalized. It’s not gravely ill. It is not even convalescing. In fact, it’s alive and well, hard at work and living in the enterprise. The enterprise, you say? What came over it? Google Glass had its day with the consumers and it was over it. It got tired of the ridicule… Read More

  • IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

    IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

    IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform made famous by beating the three best Jeopardy! champions ever several years ago, bought Denver-based AlchemyAPI today. It did not reveal the purchase price. The acquisition gives Watson a key piece of machine learning technology. The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers, who are building cognitive… Read More

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