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Azuqua co-founder and CEO Nikhil Hasija.
Azuqua co-founder and CEO Nikhil Hasija.

Azuqua, a Seattle-based startup that helps businesses connect external cloud services with each other, today announced a $5 million Series A round led by Ignition Venture Partners.

After graduating from Microsoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator in June 2013, Azuqua officially launched this past February. The startup has built a drag-and-drop visual designer that allows companies to automate business processes that use two or more SaaS applications — for example, it can connect HubSpot with Salesforce for lead management, or cloud-based calendars with Asana or Evernote. Azuqua then pumps out information based on those processes that companies can use to gain insights into their business.

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“Azuqua was founded on the vision that connecting cloud services together should be as simple as buying them and that anyone should be able to do it,” Azuqua co-founder and CEO Nikhil Hasija told GeekWire. “We are continuing to make that vision a reality every day.”

Hasija formerly worked as a senior product manager at Microsoft Dynamics CRM, leaving the company in 2010. His co-founder is Craig Unger, a longtime Microsoft employee who perviously served as general manager of Dynamics CRM.

The funding will be used to hire more employees and begin offering Azuqua’s technology to more customers. John Connors, managing partner at Ignition, will join Azuqua’s board as a result of the new funding.

Azuqua, which had previously raised $1 million from Seattle-based seed investors, employs 19 at its Pioneer Square office.

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