A big (over $4.6 billion) week in enterprise M&A highlights the business market’s critical needs

It’s been a blistering start to summer if you’re an investor interested in business software. With the U.S. Memorial Day holiday in the rearview mirror and temperatures beginning to climb

Showpad closes $50M Series C to keep growing its SaaS sales productivity platform

SaaS startup Showpad which has built a platform designed to improve other businesses' sales productivity has closed a $50 million Series C funding round, led by Insight Venture Partners -- with Insigh

Building A Framework For Sustainability

Platforms are what make the technology world go 'round. Great platforms create value for technologists everywhere -- be it a technology-specific platform like what Google has newly open-sourced throug

Behind The Prezi Pixels

Interactive presentation startup Prezi has been in quiet mode lately, but invited us behind the scenes to discuss its startup roots in Budapest, Hungary, and juggling two offices in different time zon

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 idea

Trello Launches Revamped Business Offering With Third-Party Integrations

Back in 2013, project management service Trello launched its 'Business Class' service as a basic paid offering for teams that needed extra features like Google Apps integration and more granular admin

New RelateIQ Reporting Shoots For Deeper Insight

RelateIQ, a tool that helps growing businesses manage their sales, announced a major update today that brings advanced reporting to the tool. This is a feature that has been long overdue. The company,

Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service will unveil a new analytics service tomorrow morning they have dubbed Wave. The product will be introduced by CEO Marc Benioff at the company’s Dreamforce customer conference in

Salesforce Pours $6M Into SF Schools, Computer Science Education, one of the most visibly involved tech companies in San Francisco local politics and community, said it's gifting $5 million to the city's public schools and $1 million to for

Apple Watch Will Drive Wearables Into The Enterprise

Wearables are very likely going to have a role in the enterprise, and it could be sooner than you think, especially in light of today’s Apple Watch announcement. If it takes off like previous i

AOL, Adobe, Salesforce Among 30 US Companies Said To Be Violating EU Data Transfer Deal

Thirty US companies -- including software giant Adobe, TechCrunch owner AOL and SaaS CRM purveyor -- have been identified as in probable violation of a EU-US agreement aimed at safeguar

Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition

SpringCM Scores $18M In Funding; Plans To Expand Sales And Marketing

SpringCM, which has been doing hosted content management since 2005, long before we called it The Cloud, announced today it has received $18M in venture funding. CEO Greg Buchholz told me he plans to

Salesforce’s Former CIO, CTO Launch m>Path, A New Platform For Managing Mobile Apps

m>Path, a mobile development platform that helps users create and manage applications, has raised $1.65 million in a seed round from JUMP Investors. Founded by former top Salesforce executives, Cla Launches Salesforce1, A New CRM Platform For Connecting Apps, Services Like Dropbox And the Internet of Things

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Salesforce Is A Platform Company. Period.

You can bet what would have happened if had not focused on becoming more of a platform company than a CRM provider. It would have faced a market with more modern CRM vendors, putting it

Apttus Raises $37M For Platform That Automates The “Quote To Cash” Process

<a target="_blank" href="">Apttus</a> has raised $37 million for its platform that automates the "quote to cash" (CQT) process within The funding came from K1 Capital

LinkedIn’s Market Cap Passes Salesforce, Long The Bellwether Symbol Of Cloud Services

For the second week in a row, LinkedIn's market capitalization finished higher than Linkedin ended trading on Friday with a $32.56 billion market cap while the Salesforce market cap wa

Salesforce Beats Estimates With $957M In Revenues, Earnings 9 Cents Per Share

<a target="_blank" href=""></a> beat estimated earnings, posting $957 million in revenues, a 31 percent increase compared to last year. Non-GAAP earnings were 9 cent

Salesforce Ties Together Different Platforms With New Performance Edition has pulled together several of its platforms to create what it calls the Performance Edition. The new service will combine the company's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.salesforce.c
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