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Amazon’s Zocalo launches broadly, taking on Google, Box and Microsoft in enterprise collaboration

Amazon Zocalo, the new enterprise collaboration service from Amazon Web Services, is now available for everyone to use, the company announced in a blog post today. After spending a little more than a month in an invitation-only preview, the service has now hit general availability for any AWS user. The service is designed to serve… Read More

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Fuze jolts the enterprise video collaboration market, led by former Yammer execs

When Groupon took stock of the video-conferencing and collaboration tools being used inside the company, executives were surprised to discover a critical mass of employees who had started using an application called Fuze on their own. Fuze offers fast setup of HD video-conferences across a variety of devices, with integrated cloud storage and quick content sharing, supporting up to 25 participants at a time for free,… Read More

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Amazon jumps into enterprise collaboration with ‘Zocalo’

Amazon just unveiled a new collaboration and document sharing service called Zocalo — using its leadership position in cloud computing to compete more aggressively against Box and others in the market for enterprise applications. Zocalo lets users store, share and collaborate on a variety of file types across devices including iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The service works via… Read More

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CRM ‘side project’ Stride acquired by KISSMetrics founders

Stride, an easy-to-use customer relationship management tool, has been acquired by KISSMetrics founders Neil Patel and Hiten Shah. Terms of the all cash deal were not disclosed. “Stride was created and grown as a side project. Since that time, it’s grown to over 8,000 companies using the service regularly … and over 300 paid customers,”… Read More

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Usermind raises $7.6M from Andreessen Horowitz to build software for enterprise business operations

Andreessen Horowitz Partner Scott Weiss was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal article talking about his firm’s interest in enterprise software-related companies. So, it’s not all that surprising to learn that the venture firm is leading a $7.6 million Series A round in a new Seattle startup called Usermind. The stealth company today announced the fresh… Read More

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Verizon exec: Big opportunity for Windows Phone in business market

Microsoft’s Windows Phone certainly trails Apple and Android by a substantial amount in terms of smartphone market share, but one Verizon exec thinks the Redmond software giant can cut into that deficit by making moves in the enterprise market. In an interview with IDG News Service, John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said that there’s room for… Read More

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Apptio raises $45 million at a hefty valuation, plans to accelerate ‘on all fronts’

Apptio is not playing small ball. Just 14 months after raising a $50 million venture round, Bellevue-based Apptio is back with a little more cash in its pocket. The company, which offers on-demand software and services for managing corporate IT departments, today is announcing that it has raised another $45 million in series E funding. It marks… Read More

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B2B startup accelerator 9Mile Labs taps Microsoft VP, veteran VC to lead the charge

Sanjay Puri thinks more needs to be done to help entrepreneurs in the Seattle region — one of the reasons why he recently formed the startup accelerator 9Mile Labs. He calls the early-stage funding environment in Seattle at the moment “inadequate” — something I’ve also discussed in recent columns and remarks. Well, now the former marketing… Read More

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Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

It’s been a good week for Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced its intentions to acquire Ignition portfolio company Zenprise in a deal that Fortune pegged at $355 million. Now, Cloudera, a four-year-old Hadoop based software startup led by ex-engineers from Facebook, Google and Yahoo, has scored $65 million… Read More

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Looking to boost mobile productivity, Moprise creates a ‘Flipboard for the enterprise’

Flipboard has transformed the way people consume information on the iPad, allowing readers to quickly scan headlines and photos in a beautiful and easy-to-read interface. Moprise co-founder David D’Souza now wants to bring that same type of functionality to business documents through a new iPad application they’re dubbing “Flipboard for the Enterprise.” D’Souza and his… Read More