Yammer

  • Yammer’s David Sacks To Join Us At Disrupt SF

    Yammer’s David Sacks To Join Us At Disrupt SF

    One of the most rational voices in the Valley, David Sacks has hit many of the commonly agreed upon entrepreneurial “milestones,” and he’s only 40. Sacks is part of a mafia (PayPal), he’s had a pivot (MyGeni) and he’s won a TechCrunch startup competition, back when it was TechCrunch 50. He’s also successfully built an enterprise product with Yammer and then… Read More

  • Who Wants To Be George Zachary’s Apprentice?

    Who Wants To Be George Zachary’s Apprentice?

    I was recently at on offsite with my fellow partners at Charles River Ventures, and the idea came up that I should find someone who could be the next George Zachary. I’ve done really well in my 17-year career as a venture capitalist, returning more than $1 billion of investor gains through successes like Yammer, Millennial Media, Shutterfly and Twitter. My partners want to keep that going. Read More

  • One Month After Selling To Microsoft For $1.2B, Yammer CEO Predicts End Of Silicon Valley

    One Month After Selling To Microsoft For $1.2B, Yammer CEO Predicts End Of Silicon Valley

    There is a pretty fascinating debate happening right now on David Sacks’ Facebook page. Exactly one month after the Yammer sale to Microsoft closed, Sacks is feeling pretty bearish about the startup ecosystem. “I think Silicon Valley as we know it may be coming to an end …,” Sacks posts, arguing mainly that because major Internet companies (like um, Microsoft?) are on… Read More

  • Yammer Gets HootSuite Integration, A New “Inbox” and Its Own Design Improvements Independent of Microsoft

    Yammer Gets HootSuite Integration, A New “Inbox” and Its Own Design Improvements Independent of Microsoft

    Yammer’s first new release under the Microsoft umbrella has nothing to do with Microsoft. It’s not about integrating with Sharepoint or Microsoft Dynamics. It’s about changes to the Yammer platform and a new integration with HootSuite and a number of other third-party apps. The integrations show how the activity stream has emerged as a foundation for social network… Read More

  • Yammer Is Launching A Chat Feature Called Online Now ‘In A Couple Of Weeks’

    Yammer Is Launching A Chat Feature Called Online Now ‘In A Couple Of Weeks’

    Yammer, the enterprise social networking company that was recently bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion, is getting ready to add a new instant messaging feature called Online Now to its main service, enabling users to chat to each other in real time. Online Now will sit alongside existing services that let users post status updates and media as well as send private messages. The feature… Read More

  • IFTTT Adds Box And Plans New Channel Platform Intended To Connect Business Apps

    IFTTT Adds Box And Plans New Channel Platform Intended To Connect Business Apps

    I am an unabashed fan of IFTTT. That’s “If Then That” to the uninitiated. It provides ways to connect different services. For example, you can use IFTTT to simultaneously upload a photo to Facebook and then direct it to Dropbox for your own archival purposes. I use IFTTT to direct feeds to my SMS account and to Twitter. Read More

  • Microsoft Completes Its $1.2B Yammer Acquisition

    Microsoft Completes Its $1.2B Yammer Acquisition

    Microsoft just announced that it has now officially completed the acquisition of Yammer, the four-year-old social networking company for enterprises. All the closing conditions have now been met and the Yammer team will now officially join the Microsoft Office Division. After weeks of rumors, the $1.2 billion acquisition was first announced in late June. According to Microsoft, the company… Read More

  • Salesforce.com Reported To Buy GoInstant For $70 Million

    Salesforce.com Reported To Buy GoInstant For $70 Million

    GoInstant made its debut at TechCrunch Disrupt last fall. Today, the browser collaboration startup has reportedly been acquired by Salesforce.com for $70 million, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. GoInstant allows people to surf the web with each other without having to download an extra plugin or software. GoInstant Co-Founder Jevon MacDonald calls it co-browsing.  You can be on… Read More

  • The Day After Its $1.2B Purchase By Microsoft, Yammer Goes Down [Updated]

    The Day After Its $1.2B Purchase By Microsoft, Yammer Goes Down [Updated]

    Murphy’s Law — or some jaded users might just call it Yammer’s law: One day after Yammer announced that it got bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion, the enterprise social networking site went down. It’s been down for at least an hour already and is covering several geographies, from what we can see. Update: Yammer had problems for a little over two hours, a… Read More

  • DoubleDutch Debuts Pride, A Mobile-Only Yammer Competitor

    DoubleDutch Debuts Pride, A Mobile-Only Yammer Competitor

    Following its $2 million Series A this spring, enterprise-focused mobile startup DoubleDutch is today introducing a new app called Pride whose debut coincidentally arrives alongside reports that Microsoft is after a startup that could be Pride’s competition: Yammer.  Like Yammer, Pride is also focused on workgroup collaboration, but, like most of what DoubleDutch does, it’s… Read More

  • From The Archives: Watch Yammer’s First Public Demo And Launch At TC50

    From The Archives: Watch Yammer’s First Public Demo And Launch At TC50

    Way back in 2008, Yammer made its first public appearance at the TechCrunch TC50 conference. David Sacks, who introduced himself as the CEO of Geni, not Yammer, gave an 8 minute demo of the new product. He finished the demo by flipping the switch and officially launched Yammer to customers. Less than 4 years later, Yammer appears close to a $1.4 billion exit and purchase by Microsoft. Read More