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.

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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  • Why Salesforce might be interested in Twitter

    Why Salesforce might be interested in Twitter

    Rumors were flying all day yesterday that Twitter is up for sale, and Salesforce.com could be a chief suitor. At this point, with so many possible bidders being reported, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen (if anything). But the big question for many is why Salesforce would even be interested in the consumer-facing social network. While nobody could say with certainty that… Read More

  • Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon are all eyeing up a Twitter bid

    Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon are all eyeing up a Twitter bid

    Twitter continues to inch its way to a sale process, and the latest developments come in the form of alleged bids from potential buyers. Today CNBC is reporting, and we have also independently heard, that both Google and Salesforce are interested in buying the company. We have additionally heard that Microsoft and Verizon have also been knocking, although right now Verizon (which also… Read More

  • Salesforce Einstein delivers artificial intelligence across the Salesforce platform

    Salesforce Einstein delivers artificial intelligence across the Salesforce platform

    Say what you will about Salesforce, the company is always looking ahead. This afternoon, it announced Salesforce Einstein, its artificial intelligence (AI) initiative. The timing, which comes just ahead of rival Oracle’s Open World keynote address, is probably not a coincidence. Regardless, the larger AI theme is something Salesforce has been working on across various pieces of its… Read More

  • Google’s Diane Greene talks AWS and machine learning at TechCrunch Disrupt

    Google’s Diane Greene talks AWS and machine learning at TechCrunch Disrupt

    Diane Greene, executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, appeared on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco with TechCrunch editor Matt Burns today, and talked about her role running Google’s massive cloud business. She came on board last year when Google bought her startup, bebop Technologies for $348 million, and she immediately brought with her enterprise… Read More

  • DropIn brings drone-based video streaming to insurance biz

    DropIn, an LA-based startup wants to change the way the insurance companies process claims with two-way video claims processing and drone-based appraisals. The company, which launched in 2015, provides on-demand live video streaming services to help insurance companies improve the claims and underwriting process. The solution relies on a drone equipped with a camera or a smartphone… Read More

  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announces new chief equality officer

    Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announces new chief equality officer

    Salesforce has taken a leading role on LGBT issues and now it is taking that one step further. The company next week will be announcing its first chief equality officer, who will report directly to CEO Marc Benioff. Benioff speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco with editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino talked about his commitment to helping improve the world. While he has… Read More

  • GitLab secures $20 million Series B

    GitLab secures $20 million Series B

    GitLab, the code collaboration platform for developers based on the open source Git tool, announced a $20 million Series B round today led by August Capital. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator also participated. Today’s investment brings the company’s total raised to date to over $25 million. It was just about a year ago that GitLab announced its $4 million… Read More

  • UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all

    UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all

    The old-fashioned password gets little respect from hackers these days. In fact, it’s barely a speed bump for them to get past. The hacker can find your password or even the answers to your “security” questions for sale on the internet black market. UnifyID, a participant in this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, sees a system that’s… Read More

  • Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson talked about the trials of going public, why paying attention to the stock price is unproductive, and how bots are overrated. It’s certainly interesting that the leader of one of the premiere communications companies today thinks bots… Read More

  • Microsoft snatches HP CRM and service business from rivals Salesforce and Oracle

    Microsoft snatches HP CRM and service business from rivals Salesforce and Oracle

    In what has to be characterized as huge win for Microsoft, it announced this morning it had secured a 6-year deal with HP, Inc to run Microsoft Dynamics’ customer relationship management (CRM) and service software. What’s more, it grabbed this deal at the expense of its rivals. HP, Inc. had been a Salesforce CRM customer, while Oracle had been its service software provider. Read More

  • The Support Cooperative helps companies share customer service data

    The Support Cooperative helps companies share customer service data

    Every company needs to understand their customers better, and it’s difficult to get a grip without a body of knowledge, especially when the customer is new to you. Imagine being able to access a pool of aggregated data about that customer to help you with that. That’s precisely what TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon participant Stephen Bussey wants to do with his hackathon idea… Read More

  • After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Box CEO Aaron Levie has been at it for more than a decade. For a guy barely past 30, that means it’s all he’s done professionally for his entire adult life. You could forgive him if he were thinking about another challenge, but even after all this time, the fire still clearly burns for Levie. When I asked him about possibly getting bored in an in-person interview this week at… Read More

  • At Amazon the Flywheel Effect drives innovation

    At Amazon the Flywheel Effect drives innovation

    When Amazon CTO Werner Vogels talks about his company’s philosophy around innovation, it’s probably a good idea to listen. Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has always found a way to capitalize on technology trends, whether being an early online retailer, seeing the future of cloud computing and forming Amazon Web Services, or developing delivery drones and commercial… Read More

  • Office 365 now lets you invite guests to your projects

    Office 365 now lets you invite guests to your projects

    Online tools like Office 365 have changed the way we work and collaborate with our colleagues, but often projects involve people outside of your organization, whether partners, consultants or vendors. Microsoft acknowledged that reality today when it announced the ability to invite guests to view or edit Office 365 content. It’s not going to all happen at once, but over time Office 365… Read More

  • It’s a long, hard road from idea to IPO

    It’s a long, hard road from idea to IPO

    It may not seem it, but coming up with an idea for your startup is probably the easiest part of launching your own company. As one industry insider told me, there are a million ways to screw up that idea through poor execution, and many, many lose their way. Yet a precious few fight through the problems and the challenges, and somehow, with a bit of luck and a lot of moxie, make it to… Read More

  • Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

    Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

    Google announced today that it intends to purchase Apigee, an API management platform that went public last year, for $625 million or $17.40 a share. The company, which helps customers build digital products with open APIs, has an impressive customer list including Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, Burberry, First Data and Live Nation. In a blog post announcing the deal, Diane Greene… Read More

  • Box introduces “New Box” at BoxWorks

    Box introduces “New Box” at BoxWorks

    Box has always been known as the irritant in the content management industry, that plucky cloud upstart ready to take on the staid and conservative on-prem competition, but after more than a decade in the business, a public company for 18 months, perhaps the company felt it was time to disrupt itself. Today, at the BoxWorks customer conference, it announced a “new Box” with an… Read More

  • $67 billion Dell-EMC deal closes today

    $67 billion Dell-EMC deal closes today

    Last Fall, rumors began circulating that Dell was interested in acquiring EMC. On October 12th, the rumors proved true when Dell announced it was buying EMC for an astonishing $67 billion, a record price for a tech acquisition. Almost a year later, for better or worse (richer or poorer), that deal is official today. While the parties might like to frame this as a deal with little drama, the… Read More

  • Besties IBM and Box create a workflow tool for regular folks

    Besties IBM and Box create a workflow tool for regular folks

    When Box praised its partnership with IBM at its earnings call last week, it was holding one card close the vest. The two companies had been working on a new workflow tool, and today they announced Box Relay ahead of the BoxWorks customer conference this week in San Francisco. Workflow tools fall under the realm of Business Process Management (BPM) in the enterprise. Read More

  • Propeller launches new CRM tool that puts sales workflow front and center

    Propeller launches new CRM tool that puts sales workflow front and center

    After two years in development Propeller CRM launched today with a CRM tool its founders say puts salespeople at the center of the workflow. One of the founders, Eric Bouck, says he has seen his fair share of CRM tools in his day, and he admits it’s a crowded market, but he and his co-founders felt in spite of the number of tools, it still wasn’t a solved… Read More

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