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  • Why the next great SaaS company will look nothing like Salesforce Crunch Network

    Why the next great SaaS company will look nothing like Salesforce

    Integration companies, while not glamorous, can build market power by positioning themselves at the center of an ecosystem and creating an “ecosystem network effect”, whereby they become a de facto standard. Okta and Segment are both on their way to achieving this. Read More

  • What if cybersecurity followed physics? Crunch Network

    What if cybersecurity followed physics?

    The first cybersecurity unicorn kernel popped in late 2013 with the announcement of CloudFlare’s $50 million Series C investment. Today, 10 privately held companies hold membership in the ultra-exclusive cybersecurity unicorn club. With the addition of each new member, eyebrows are raised and questions are asked. Are cybersecurity unicorns outliers or are we at the start of a… Read More

  • Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta announced it was bringing identity management to APIs today at its Oktane customer conference in Las Vegas. For a long time, Okta was about connecting people with cloud applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce or Office 365. A couple of years ago, the company extended that capability to enable customers to control the devices where employees could access those cloud… Read More

  • Protecting identity could be key to enterprise security

    Protecting identity could be key to enterprise security

    When you hear from people who know about security, the discussion often turns to end users, who are considered the weakest link in the security chain. While IT and the powers that be struggle to secure their networks and IP, the employees are forever screwing up succumbing to phishing scams, using weak credentials and generally causing problems for the security experts who know best — or… Read More

  • Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta, a company mostly known for cloud identity management, made a foray into enterprise mobility management (EMM) at the end of 2014. Today, it announced a partnership with Box to support device-level security for the Box mobile app. The company is hoping this is the start of a series of partnerships with enterprise mobile app vendors that will enable them to apply a set of policies on… Read More

  • Our 2016 Predictions For The IPO Market

    2015 was not a good year for IPOs — it was actually the worst year for tech IPOs since the financial crisis in 2009. More and more startups are opting to remain private for longer periods of time. And while we still haven’t seen any IPOs in 2016, the slowest start since 2009, eventually venture-backed companies need to go public — if only to raise additional financing to… Read More

  • The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

    The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

    We pulled together all 153 unicorns currently listed on the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard and then matched them up with data provided by Glassdoor to give you the top 20 highest paying startup unicorns for software engineering jobs. In our previous report, we revealed cloud-based big data company Cloudera paid the best overall. Dropbox now takes the top spot when narrowing it down to… Read More

  • Vera Joins Forces With Dropbox And Okta On Secure File Sharing

    Vera Joins Forces With Dropbox And Okta On Secure File Sharing

    Vera, a secure file transfer company announced an agreement today with Dropbox and Okta to offer customers a way to transfer files in a secure fashion from end to end. While Dropbox, Vera and Okta may sound like the beginning of Silicon Valley joke about three startups walking into a bar, the partnership is a serious attempt to attract companies who may be concerned… Read More

  • Starting Up In A Downturn
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    Starting Up In A Downturn: How Okta Built Its Enterprise Company

    In today’s tech climate – where financing sources are plentiful and investor optimism is generally high – many believe that there has been no better time to get funded and realize their startup ideas. But Todd McKinnon would tell you that the best time to start Okta was in 2009 – just a few months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the beginning of the great… Read More

  • Okta Beefs Up Multi-Factor Authentication

    Okta Beefs Up Multi-Factor Authentication

    Okta, the company best known for cloud identity management, is introducing a new level of multi-factor authentication (MFA) that it is calling Adaptive MFA. It uses intelligence and a rules engine to determine when it’s prudent to ask for a second form of identification. By now we have all heard about the growing list of high profile breaches over the last 12-18 months. Just the… Read More

  • Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced a $75 million round.  Okta was valued at $1.2 billion in this deal, meaning it has entered the hallowed halls of the Unicorn club, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal. CEO Todd McKinnon told TechCrunch that actual price is a tad below that reported figure at $1.175 billion. While being a Unicorn… Read More

  • Okta Customer Research Finds Office 365 Most Used Cloud Service

    Okta Customer Research Finds Office 365 Most Used Cloud Service

    As a cloud identity management service, Okta collects tons of data about how its customers use other cloud products. Today it released its first Okta Business @ Work Report. Among the many compelling findings was that Microsoft’s Office 365 was the favorite cloud service overall so far this year. Okta is not alone in using the data it collects to generate reports. ZenDesk puts out… Read More

  • Okta’s New Mobile Device Management Tool Separates Work And Personal Data

    Okta’s New Mobile Device Management Tool Separates Work And Personal Data

    Okta, which to this point has been known as a company for managing identity in the cloud, made the leap to mobile device management today, announcing a new product called Okta Mobility Management that provides a simple way to separate work and personal data, giving IT controls they need over work content without compromising personal content on the phone. It’s not a secret that many… Read More

  • Okta Catches SpydrSafe In Its Enterprise Web

    Okta Catches SpydrSafe In Its Enterprise Web

    Update: Okta has still not explicitly confirmed the acquisition of SpydrSafe, but its cofounder today retweeted our story about the sale after Okta unveiled a new Mobility Management service. That new product is much of what I describe below, combining Okta’s existing ID management service with a larger product that will let businesses manage permissions and security and data… Read More

  • Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Today, Okta, a company that offers Identity as a Service that works across on-premises applications and cloud services, announced $75M in Series E funding. CEO Todd McKinnon told me he expects this to be the final round of funding prior to going public within a couple of years. The round is being lead by Sequoia Capital. Secondary investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners… Read More

  • Salesforce Ties Together Different Platforms With New Performance Edition

    Salesforce Ties Together Different Platforms With New Performance Edition

    Salesforce.com has pulled together several of its platforms to create what it calls the Performance Edition. The new service will combine the company’s Sales Cloud, Service Cloud and Salesforce Platform with Data.com, Work.com and its new identity service. Other services that are part of the package include its web-chat platform for connecting customers with customer service help and… Read More

  • Dropbox For Teams Gets Dropped In Re-Branding To Reflect “Business” Focus

    Dropbox For Teams Gets Dropped In Re-Branding To Reflect “Business” Focus

    Dropbox is renaming Dropbox Teams to better reflect its change in business focus. The move comes in tandem with Dropbox’s new support for single sign on (SSO) and partnerships with Okta and other identity providers. Dropbox for Business will replace the old name, reflecting the company’s change in focus to be more on larger business customers than teams within organizations. In… Read More

  • Windows Azure Opens Active Directory For General Availability As Identity Battle Heats Up

    Windows Azure Opens Active Directory For General Availability As Identity Battle Heats Up

    Microsoft has opened its Active Directory (AD) to general availability on Windows Azure, giving developers access to the single-sign-on service for access to the suite of Microsoft services, third-party apps and SaaS providers. Active Directory is the long-time single point of access to Microsoft Windows technologies. The Windows Azure AD compatibility means customers can provide similar… Read More

  • The Enterprise Cool Kids

    The Enterprise Cool Kids

    No, this isn’t a guest column by Aaron Levie. Though he and his startup Box, the poster child of the “sexy enterprise,” are definitely included in the bunch. “You should definitely kick Aaron off the list. Just to mess with him,” Zendesk founder Mikkel Svane commented when he heard what we were writing. With VCs voting with their feet and eschewing consumer… Read More

  • With The Rise Of New Apps, Okta Raises $25M For Identity Management Platform

    With The Rise Of New Apps, Okta Raises $25M For Identity Management Platform

    Okta has raised $25 million for its identity management platform. The Series C round was led by Sequoia Capital with all the company’s existing investors also participating. The raise brings Okta’s total investment to $52.5 million. Read More