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”

Salesforce hires former banker Arundhati Bhattacharya as chairperson and CEO of India business

March 18, 2020 at 05:29AM Salesforce, the global giant in CRM, said on Wednesday that former banker Arundhati Bhattacharya will be joining the company on April 20 as chairperson and chief executive of its India division. The San Francisco-headquartered firm said Bhattacharya, who served as the chairperson of the state-run State Bank of India forContinue reading “Salesforce hires former banker Arundhati Bhattacharya as chairperson and CEO of India business”

Spectro Cloud launches with $7.5M investment to help developers build Kubernetes clusters their way

March 17, 2020 at 03:14PM By now, we know that Kubernetes is a wildly popular container management platform, but if you want to use it, you pretty much have to choose between having someone manage it for you or building it yourself. Spectro Cloud emerged from stealth today with a $7.5 million investment to giveContinue reading “Spectro Cloud launches with $7.5M investment to help developers build Kubernetes clusters their way”

Addapptation snares $1.3M seed to build a better UX for Salesforce

March 17, 2020 at 02:00PM Addapptation, a startup that wants to build a practical design layer on top of Salesforce and other enterprise tools, announced a $1.3 million seed investment today. 2048 Ventures led the round with participation from East Coast Angles, The Millworks II Fund and additional angel investors from New Hampshire, where theContinue reading “Addapptation snares $1.3M seed to build a better UX for Salesforce”

Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all

March 17, 2020 at 03:30AM While companies might pay for a CEO coach, lower level employees often get stuck with lame skill-building worksheets or no mentorship at all. Not only does that limit their potential productivity, but it also makes them feel stagnated and undervalued, leading them to jump ship. Therapy…err…executive coaching is finally becomingContinue reading “Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all”

HashiCorp soars above $5B valuation in new $175M venture round

March 17, 2020 at 12:26AM The rise of the cloud over the past decade has forced software developers and DevOps engineers to completely rearchitect the modern web application, ensuring scalability, performance, and security. That’s a really painful proposition when done manually, which is where HashiCorp comes in to play. The company’s suite of products helpsContinue reading “HashiCorp soars above $5B valuation in new $175M venture round”

To make locks touchless, Proxy bluetooth ID raises $42M

March 16, 2020 at 06:21PM We need to go hands-off in the age of coronavirus. That means touching fewer doors, elevators, and sign-in iPads. But once a building is using phone-based identity for security, there’s opportunities to speed up access to WIFI networks and printers, or personalize conference rooms and video call set-ups. Keyless officeContinue reading “To make locks touchless, Proxy bluetooth ID raises $42M”

This startup got a meeting with Mark Suster by getting clever with Google ads

March 14, 2020 at 05:20PM Startups have done some wild things to get the attention of VCs. In fact, Instacart founder Apoorva Mehta sent YC partner (at the time) Garry Tan a six-pack of beer through the service after missing the deadline for Y Combinator by two months. Yesterday, the ingenuity of startups struck again.Continue reading “This startup got a meeting with Mark Suster by getting clever with Google ads”

Pentagon asks court for time to reconsider JEDI award to Microsoft

March 13, 2020 at 02:38PM The JEDI contract award process might never be done. Following legal challenges from Amazon after the Pentagon’s massive, $10 billion cloud contract was awarded to Microsoft in October, the Pentagon indicated in court documents last night that it wishes to reconsider the award. It’s just the latest plot twist inContinue reading “Pentagon asks court for time to reconsider JEDI award to Microsoft”

Yext aims to deliver more coronavirus-related answers by making its site search free

March 12, 2020 at 07:05PM Yext says that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s making its Yext Answers site search product free for 90 days. You might not see an obvious connection between site search and a worldwide pandemic. You might even think this sounds like a marketing gimmick. But Yext CEO Howard LermanContinue reading “Yext aims to deliver more coronavirus-related answers by making its site search free”

Assembled raises $3.1M led by Stripe to build ‘the operating system for support teams’

March 11, 2020 at 04:18PM CRM software accounts for one-quarter of all enterprise IT spend. But ironically, while a lot of money is spent on platforms like Salesforce or SAP to manage incoming calls and outgoing marketing and sales activity, not a lot of attention is given to the issue of how to help the teamsContinue reading “Assembled raises $3.1M led by Stripe to build ‘the operating system for support teams’”

AWS launches Bottlerocket, a Linux-based OS for container hosting

March 11, 2020 at 04:11PM AWS has launched its own open-source operating system for running containers on both virtual machines and bare metal hosts. Bottlerocket, as the new OS is called, is basically a stripped-down Linux distribution that’s akin to projects like CoreOS’s now-defunct Container Linux and Google’s container-optimized OS. The OS is currently inContinue reading “AWS launches Bottlerocket, a Linux-based OS for container hosting”

Hitachi Vantara acquires what’s left of Containership

March 10, 2020 at 10:24PM Hitachi Vantara, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi that focuses on building hardware and software to help companies manage their data, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Containership, one of the earlier players in the container ecosystem, which shut down its operations last October. Containership, which launched asContinue reading “Hitachi Vantara acquires what’s left of Containership”

Dell spent $67B buying EMC — more than 3 years later, was it worth the debt?

March 10, 2020 at 08:10PM Dell’s 2015 decision to buy EMC for $67 billion remains the largest pure tech deal in history, but a transaction of such magnitude created a mountain of debt for the Texas-based company and its primary backer, Silver Lake. Dell would eventually take on close to $50 billion in debt. YearsContinue reading “Dell spent $67B buying EMC — more than 3 years later, was it worth the debt?”

YC-backed Snapboard is a no-code platform for building internal tools

March 10, 2020 at 02:02PM No code tools are on the rise, and a YC-backed company called Snapboard is looking to join the fight. Snapboard, led by solo founder Calum Moore, started when Moore decided to build one product a week for a year as a personal challenge. In the second week, he realized justContinue reading “YC-backed Snapboard is a no-code platform for building internal tools”

Electric reopens Series B to make room for Dick Costolo and Adam Bain

March 10, 2020 at 02:00PM Electric, the platform that delivers IT services to small and medium businesses, has today announced that it has raised an additional $14.5 million on its Series B from 01 Advisors, the fund led by Twitter alums Dick Costolo and Adam Bain. Though the funding is a part of the company’sContinue reading “Electric reopens Series B to make room for Dick Costolo and Adam Bain”

MessageBird launches Inbox.ai to ‘disrupt’ the customer service market

March 10, 2020 at 02:00PM MessageBird, the Amsterdam-headquartered cloud communications platform backed by Accel in the U.S. and Europe’s Atomico, is unveiling another new product today, this time taking aim at the $350 billion customer service market. Dubbed Inbox.ai and positioned as “Slack for external communications,” the new product — which is to be offeredContinue reading “MessageBird launches Inbox.ai to ‘disrupt’ the customer service market”

BackboneAI scores $4.7M seed to bring order to intercompany data sharing

March 10, 2020 at 01:00PM BackboneAI, an early-stage startup that wants to help companies dealing with lots of data, particularly coming from a variety of external sources, announced a $4.7 million seed investment today. The round was led by Fika Ventures with participation from Boldstart Ventures, Dynamo Ventures, GGV Capital, MetaProp, Spider VC and severalContinue reading “BackboneAI scores $4.7M seed to bring order to intercompany data sharing”

TFLiving, with $4.8M in seed funding, wants to be the Uber for amenities

March 09, 2020 at 02:17PM TFLiving, looking to bring amenities to residential and commercial spaces, has today announced the close of a $4.8 million seed financing led by Camber Creek. Courtside Ventures, and other strategic investors, also participated in the round. TFLiving uses technology to connect service providers, like massage therapists, yoga instructors and dogContinue reading “TFLiving, with $4.8M in seed funding, wants to be the Uber for amenities”

Box is now letting all staff work from home to reduce coronavirus risk

March 09, 2020 at 09:10AM Box has joined a number of tech companies supporting employees to work remotely from home in response  the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. It’s applying the policy to all staff, regardless of location. Late yesterday Box co-founder Aaron Levie tweeted a statement detailing the cloud computing company’s responseContinue reading “Box is now letting all staff work from home to reduce coronavirus risk”

China Roundup: Enterprise tech gets a lasting boost from coronavirus outbreak

March 08, 2020 at 09:15PM Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, a post from Sequoia Capital sounding the alarm of the coronavirus’s impact on businesses is reaching far corners ofContinue reading “China Roundup: Enterprise tech gets a lasting boost from coronavirus outbreak”

How the information system industry became enterprise software

March 08, 2020 at 04:39PM Aziz Gilani Contributor Share on Twitter Aziz Gilani is a Managing Director at Mercury, where he focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, Cloud and data science startups. More posts by this contributor The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs If you were a software company employee or ventureContinue reading “How the information system industry became enterprise software”

What to consider when employees need to start working remotely

March 06, 2020 at 10:48PM The COVID-19 crisis is touching all aspects of society, including how we work. In response, many companies are considering asking some percentage of their workforce to work remotely until the crisis abates. If your organization doesn’t have a great deal of experience with remote work, there are a number ofContinue reading “What to consider when employees need to start working remotely”