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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  • Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Software Technologies announced it has purchased Lacoon Mobile Security today. Reports surfaced last month that the company was in talks to buy the Israeli company for $80M. No official price was given, but the deal is expected to close today. The move gives Check Point a mobile security piece that’s a bit different from the traditional mobile device management you see… Read More

  • IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    Apple and IBM’s partnership that has the companies working together to produce enterprise-friendly apps has expanded yet again with the addition of eight more apps designed for iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, bringing the total number of MobileFirst apps up to now 22. The new apps are focused on the healthcare and industrial products industries, following prior announcements… Read More

  • Ain’t No Joke As War Between HP, Ex-Autonomy Execs Enters Lawsuit Phase

    Ain’t No Joke As War Between HP, Ex-Autonomy Execs Enters Lawsuit Phase

    It may be April Fool’s Day, but I’m sure former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch and HP execs aren’t laughing. HP filed suit in London this week against Lynch and former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain over alleged accounting improprieties to the tune of $5.1B. Lynch and company’s response? Counter-sue, as a war that’s been going on for almost four years, continues… Read More

  • IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM is wasting little time when it comes to the Internet of Things. The company outlined a major Internet of Things strategy tonight with a series of announcements that included a $3B investment to establish an Internet of Things unit inside of Big Blue along with a partnership with The Weather Company. The Internet of Things refers to the growing network of sensors on everything from… Read More

  • Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Regardless, Levie didn’t have much time to savor the moment. He told TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview last month that Box has no intention of standing still and he discussed his plans to keep the company growing, while trying to find ways to get more efficient. He also talked about the long road to IPO and what was behind Box’s thinking in delaying it for so long. One of the… Read More

  • 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