Tech giants should let startups defer cloud payments

March 26, 2020 at 05:24PM Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are the landlords. Amidst the Coronavirus economic crisis, startups need a break from paying rent. They’re in a cash crunch. Revenue has stopped flowing in, capital markets like venture debt are hesitant, and startups and small-to-medium sized businessesf are at risk of either having to layContinue reading “Tech giants should let startups defer cloud payments”

Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90 days

March 26, 2020 at 04:53PM In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff outlined an eight-step plan to keep people safe and find treatments and a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, all while working to find a way to get people back to work safely. He also asked that all CEOs take aContinue reading “Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90 days”

Microsoft acquires 5G specialist Affirmed Networks

March 26, 2020 at 04:09PM Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators. With its focus on 5G and edge computing, Affirmed looks like the ideal acquisition target for a large cloud provider looking to get deeper into the telco business.Continue reading “Microsoft acquires 5G specialist Affirmed Networks”

Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams

March 26, 2020 at 03:39PM CRM has for years been primarily a story of software to manage customer contacts, data to help agents do their jobs, and tools to manage incoming requests and outreach strategies. Now to add to that we’re starting to see a new theme: apps to help agents track how they workContinue reading “Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams”

Yaguara nabs $7.2M seed to help e-commerce companies understand customers better

March 26, 2020 at 02:47PM Yaguara, a Denver-based startup that wants to help e-commerce companies understand their customers better to deliver more meaningful experiences, announced a $7.2 million seed investment today. The round was led by Foundation Capital with participation from Gradient Ventures, Rainfall Ventures and Zelkova. It also had help from some e-commerce heavyContinue reading “Yaguara nabs $7.2M seed to help e-commerce companies understand customers better”

Spotinst rebrands as Spot and announces new cloud spend dashboard

March 25, 2020 at 03:30PM Spotinst, the startup that helps companies find lower cost spot instances in the cloud, announced today that it was rebranding as Spot. It also announced a brand new cloud usage dashboard to help companies get a detailed view of their cloud spend. Amiram Shachar, co-founder and CEO at Spot, saysContinue reading “Spotinst rebrands as Spot and announces new cloud spend dashboard”

Humio announces $20M Series B to advance unlimited logging tool

March 25, 2020 at 02:00PM Humio, a startup that has built a modern unlimited logging solution, announced a $20 million Series B investment today. Dell Technologies Capital led the round with participation from previous investor Accel. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $32 million, according to the company. Humio co-founder and CEO Geeta SchmidtContinue reading “Humio announces $20M Series B to advance unlimited logging tool”

Espressive lands $30M Series B to build better help chatbots

March 25, 2020 at 01:00PM Espressive, a four-year-old startup from former ServiceNow employees, is working to build a better chatbot to reduce calls to company help desks. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B investment. Insight Partners led the round with help from Series A lead investor General Catalyst along with Wing VentureContinue reading “Espressive lands $30M Series B to build better help chatbots”

TripActions reportedly lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze

March 25, 2020 at 11:10AM The coronavirus demand crunch has taken another bite: Palo Alto-based corporate travel-focused unicorn, TripActions, reportedly laid off hundreds of staff yesterday. Per this post on Blind — written by someone with a verified TripActions email address — the company fired 350 people. Business Insider reported the same figure yesterday. WhileContinue reading “TripActions reportedly lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze”

Control each other’s apps with new screensharing tool Screen

March 24, 2020 at 08:33PM It’s like Google Docs for everything. Screen is a free interactive multiplayer screensharing app that gives everyone a cursor so they can navigate, draw on, and even code within the apps of their co-workers while voice or video chatting. Screen makes it easy and fun to co-design content, pair program,Continue reading “Control each other’s apps with new screensharing tool Screen”

GitLab offers key lessons in running an all-remote workforce in new e-book

March 24, 2020 at 01:36PM As companies that used to having workers in the same building struggle to find ways to work from home, one company that has been remote from Day One is GitLab . It recently published a handbook to help other companies who are facing the work-from-home challenge for the first time.Continue reading “GitLab offers key lessons in running an all-remote workforce in new e-book”

Startups are helping cloud infrastructure customers avoid vendor lock-in

March 23, 2020 at 09:29PM For much of the history of enterprise technology, companies tended to buy from a single vendor because it made managing the entire affair much easier while giving them a “single throat to choke” when something went wrong. On the flip side, it also put customers at the mercy of saidContinue reading “Startups are helping cloud infrastructure customers avoid vendor lock-in”

Ceros launches MarkUp, a design collaboration tool for live websites

March 23, 2020 at 03:29PM When designers need to collaborate with other teams, they can currently turn to products like InVision and Zeplin. But Ceros creative director Jack Dixon said there’s a “pretty interesting gap in the market” — once you move beyond prototypes and start working with websites that are either live or inContinue reading “Ceros launches MarkUp, a design collaboration tool for live websites”

Activist investor Starboard Value taking three Box board seats as involvement deepens

March 23, 2020 at 01:07PM When activist investors Starboard Value took a 7.5% stake in Box last September, there was reasonable speculation that it would begin to try and push an agenda, as activist investors tend to do. While the firm has been quiet to this point, today Box announced that Starboard was adding threeContinue reading “Activist investor Starboard Value taking three Box board seats as involvement deepens”

Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis

March 22, 2020 at 08:30PM The COVID-19 virus is touching every aspect of our lives and having a profound impact on individuals, businesses and society at large. Box’s Aaron Levie has built a successful business from dorm room to IPO and beyond. He spoke to TechCrunch today about the level of creativity and focus thatContinue reading “Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis”

AWS, IBM launch programs to encourage developers solving COVID-19 problems

March 20, 2020 at 09:35PM As society comes to grips with the growing worldwide crisis related to the COVID-19 virus, many companies are stepping up in different ways. Today, two major tech companies — Amazon and IBM — each announced programs to encourage developers find solutions to a variety of problems related to the pandemic.Continue reading “AWS, IBM launch programs to encourage developers solving COVID-19 problems”

Google cancels I/O developer conference in light of COVID-19 crisis

March 20, 2020 at 08:39PM Google announced on Twitter today that it was canceling its annual I/O developer conference out of concern for the health and safety of all involved. It will not be holding any online conference in its place either. “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, andContinue reading “Google cancels I/O developer conference in light of COVID-19 crisis”

Even in the age of COVID-19, you need to stay focused on the customer

March 19, 2020 at 05:15PM It’s easy to think, as we find ourselves in the midst of a truly unprecedented situation, that the rules of building a successful business have suddenly changed. While the world may be topsy-turvy at the moment, keeping your customer at the center of your business strategy is more important thanContinue reading “Even in the age of COVID-19, you need to stay focused on the customer”

Storj brings low-cost decentralized cloud storage to the enterprise

March 19, 2020 at 01:00PM Storj, a startup that developed a low-cost, decentralized cloud storage solution, announced a new version today called Tardigrade Decentralized Cloud Storage Service. The new service comes with an enterprise service level agreement (SLA) that promises 99.9999999% file durability and over 99.95 percent availability, which it claims is on par withContinue reading “Storj brings low-cost decentralized cloud storage to the enterprise”

Big opening for startups that help move entrenched on-prem workloads to the cloud

March 18, 2020 at 06:30PM AWS CEO Andy Jassy showed signs of frustration at his AWS re:Invent keynote address in December. Customers weren’t moving to the cloud nearly fast enough for his taste, and he prodded them to move along. Some of their hesitation, as Jassy pointed out, was due to institutional inertia, but someContinue reading “Big opening for startups that help move entrenched on-prem workloads to the cloud”

Chinese cloud infrastructure market generated $3.3B in Q42019

March 18, 2020 at 05:29PM Research firm Canalys reports that the Chinese cloud infrastructure market grew 66.9% to $3.3 billion in the last quarter of 2019, right before the COVID-19 virus hit the country. China is the second largest cloud infrastructure market in the world with 10.8% share. The quarter puts the Chinese market onContinue reading “Chinese cloud infrastructure market generated $3.3B in Q42019”

Around is the new floating head video chat multitasking app

March 18, 2020 at 02:35PM You have to actually get work done, not just video call all day, but apps like Zoom want to take over your screen. Remote workers who need to stay in touch while staying productive are forced to juggle tabs. Meanwhile, call participants often look and sound far away, dwarfed byContinue reading “Around is the new floating head video chat multitasking app”

Slack introduces simplified interface as usage moves deeper into companies

March 18, 2020 at 01:00PM When Slack first launched in 2013, the product was quickly embraced by developers, and the early product reflected that. To get at advanced tools, you used a slash (/) command, but the company recognizes that as it moves deeper into the enterprise, it needed to simplify the interface. Today, theContinue reading “Slack introduces simplified interface as usage moves deeper into companies”