Kleiner Perkins to Invest $200 Million in Enterprise Startups This Year. Courtesy Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Venture capitalist Matt Murphy says this year could be even bigger for corporate-software maker.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will invest at least $200 million this year in mobile applications and cloud computing services for corporate users, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, which boosted its enterprise-technology investments in 2012, will also seek security-startup investments, Murphy said in an interview. Startups focused on corporate users are benefiting as employees adopt personal smartphones and tablets for work. That’s triggered increased investment by companies in new tools to manage mobile and cloud-based computing, Murphy said.
“The traction in our enterprise portfolio really surprised us,” Murphy said. Puppet Labs, a server-management software maker backed by Kleiner, said today that the startup has received a $30 million investment from VMware. Microsoft May Invest $1-$3 Billion in Dell Buyout. Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History. Mark Leet PhotographyThe three founders of Ayasdi, from left, Gurjeet Singh, Gunnar Carlsson and Harlan Sexton.
Ayasdi is a data analysis start-up built on the career of one man: Gunnar Carlsson, a professor of mathematics at Stanford. Government spending for science has helped a lot too. Dr. Carlsson was the principal investigator on research projects that were financed, from 2000 to 2008, with $10 million from the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. In 2008, when Dr. Two years later, seed funding allowed Ayasdi, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., to build prototype technology. But Silicon Valley is full of Big Data start-ups that promise to translate the ever-growing flood of digital data into practical insights in business and science.
When asked, Vinod Khosla, an enthusiastic investor, said that most of the Big Data start-ups are focused on producing software to more efficiently manage data and handle queries. Adam R. Infusionsoft gets $54M venture investment from Goldman Sachs - Phoenix Business Journal. Infusionsoft, the Chandler-based small-business marketing software company, has received a $54 million venture capital investment from a group led by Goldman Sachs.
The move comes after revenue growth and a brisk hiring pace by Infusionsoft last year as well as a move to a new headquarters building that will accommodate 1,000 employees or more. “We’re pleased to welcome new investors who share our belief that successful small businesses are the engine behind the economy,” says Infusionsoft co-founder and CEO Clate Mask. “No other company in the world serves small businesses an all-in-one sales and marketing software combined with services, strategy, education and passion like Infusionsoft does. We will use this new funding to further transform the way small businesses grow.” Goldman Sachs was joined by Arthur Ventures in the round. The venture investment will be used to increase hiring as well as expand its programs throughout the U.S. and internationally, officials said.
Samsung confirm plans to move away from Android Platform this year. Samsung and Android was a Huge success to the mobile industry since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy S.
Sadly, a report from Bloomberg Businessweek confirms that Samsung will begins its plan on moving away from Android platform step by step , by adopting a New fresh OS, which called Tizen. Samsung confirms that it will be launching Tizen OS powered Smartphones during this year. The Main reason of this action that the Korean giant wants to take more control on its Mobile experience the company's delivering to its users. Having its own eco system will give Samsung a full control on updates, features and hardware specifications of all its products. We still have no info how Samsung will make these changes. The Question is, Will Samsung survive without Android ?
Via. This year in cloud: Amazon-almost-all-the-time and the other 5 top stories of 2012 — Cloud Computing News. New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives. As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future. As every year, at Future Exploration Network we are using a substantially different format from our most other annual frameworks, 12 Themes for 2012 and Zeitgeist 2011.
This year we are focusing on what will appear and disappear in our everyday lives next year and beyond. We are once again collaborating with Richard Watson of NowandNext.com, following the extensive work we’ve done together in the past, notably on the famous ‘London tube map’ 2007+ Trend Blend (the original trendsetter for all the other city underground trend maps over the last years), 2008+ Trend Blend, and our highly popular Extinction Timeline. As always the framework is released on a Creative Commons license so please feel free to download and share. Click on the image for the full-size framework Here is the full list in text form (in no particular order): Google+ debuts new Communities feature to help users 'find their tribe' Today Google+ is announcing its first major new product, Communities, which lets users create groups, organize, and communicate around their interests.
It's a clear effort to define Google+ against competitors like Facebook and Twitter. It's not about organizing around friends and family or following your interests in real time. It's an online hub where people, both friends and strangers, can congregate around topics of interest, post their own thoughts, and chat in real time with Google+ Hangouts. As part of the announcement, Google+ also provides some new stats, writing that, "more than 500 million people have upgraded to Google+, 235 million are active across Google (+1'ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, writing reviews in Maps, etc), and 135 million are active in just the stream. " "All these niche boutique communities, biohacking, they have in some ways self-organized and found each other, in spite of our efforts," said Brad Horowitz, VP of Product at Google+.
j2 Global Acquires Ziff Davis, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM) Brings j2 Critical Mass in Web Media Space --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NasdaqGS: JCOM), the provider of business cloud services, today announced that it has acquired , a leading media company in the technology market.
The acquisition provides j2 a series of world-class web properties, including PCMag.com, ComputerShopper, ExtremeTech, and Geek.com. The purchase price was approximately , net of certain post-closing adjustments, and was funded out of j2's cash on hand. The transaction is anticipated to be immediately accretive and to contribute approximately to 2013 revenues. After giving effect to this transaction, j2 has over in cash and investments. As a result of this transaction, j2 anticipates that its revenues for 2012 will exceed the top end of its previous estimate of between .
About j2 Founded in 1995, provides cloud services to individuals and businesses around the world. j2's network spans 49 countries on six continents. About , email@example.com Source: How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it. Suneet Tuli, the 44-year-old CEO of UK/Canadian/Indian startup Datawind, is having a taxing day.
“I’m underwater,” he says as he struggles to find a cell signal outside a restaurant in Mumbai. Two days from then, on Sunday Nov. 11, the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will have unveiled the seven-inch Aakash 2 tablet computer Tuli’s company is selling to the government for distribution to 100,000 university students and professors. (If things go well, the government plans to order as many as 5.86 million.) In the meantime, Tuli is deluged with calls from reporters, and every day his company receives thousands of new orders for the commercial version of the Aakash 2.
Already, he’s facing a backlog of four million unfulfilled pre-orders. We’re speaking over the same overtaxed cellular networks that he hopes will enable Datawind to educate every schoolchild in India through the world’s cheapest functional tablet computer. It’s $20. Disrupting the world’s largest tech companies. The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality - Alexis C. Madrigal. A book in The Future.
It is The Future. You wake up at dawn and fumble on the bedstand for your (Google) Glass. Peering out at the world through transparent screens, what do you see? If you pick up a book, do you see a biography of its author, an analysis of the chemical composition of its paper, or the share price for its publisher? Do you see a list of your friends who've read it or a selection of its best passages or a map of its locations or its resale price or nothing? To me, the hardware (transparent screens, cameras, batteries, etc) and software (machine vision, language recognition) are starting to look like the difficult but predictable parts.
This is not a small problem. I'm sitting with Google's former maps chief John Hanke in the company's San Francisco offices looking out at the Bay's islands and bridges, which feel close enough to touch. But first, let me explain what Field Trip is. And when it works well, damn does it work well. "You've got things like Google Glass coming. Wired editor Chris Anderson and Slate's David Plotz discuss “Makers" and the DIY movement. Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images In the title of his latest book, Wired Editor Chris Anderson is clear that he thinks the maker movement will change the world.
Enabled by a swath of new technologies, the hacker culture known for tinkering with computer software is moving into the physical world, giving rise to new forms of art, manufacturing, and industrial design. And as Anderson explains in “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution,” this union of Web culture and the real world could change everything from American manufacturing to business creation to primary and secondary education. Anderson sat down with Slate editor David Plotz Thursday evening at a Future Tense happy hour at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, DC, to discuss the power of the maker movement and celebrate the release of his new book. Of all the technologies driving the maker movement, few get more attention than the 3-D printer. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Windows 8 is ‘the end of Windows’ NEW YORK CITY — Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, always game for a little tech trash talk, said that Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system would be “the end of Windows” and that “Windows is irrelevant.”
Benioff, answering questions at a press conference at the Cloudforce show in Manhattan, mostly kept to the script of promoting Salesforce’s cloud services during the Q&A session with reporters and analysts. The main Cloudforce keynote mostly mimicked all the announcements at Dreamforce last month, except for the just-announced addition of 20 social analytics services to its Marketing Cloud. Veering off-script (or was it?) , Benioff talked about Windows 8 in regard to the entire computing market. He first spoke about a conversation he had had with an exec-level Salesforce customer and how this customer said she wouldn’t move her company to Windows 8. Then, Benioff turned to his own thoughts on the new Microsoft OS, which launches Oct. 26. Marc Benioff photo: Sean Ludwig/VentureBeat. Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software. Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times “People get bored, people get headaches.
Computers don’t,” said Bill Herr, a lawyer who used to work for a chemical company. But that was in 1978. Now, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, “e-discovery” software can analyze documents in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. In January, for example, Blackstone Discovery of Palo Alto, Calif., helped analyze 1.5 million documents for less than $100,000. Google reportedly set to blow open the tablet market later this year with $99 Nexus tablet. Google (GOOG) and its hardware partner ASUS are reportedly planning to launch a new $99 Nexus tablet this year that could open up the tablet market to a massive new group of consumers.
The report comes from Digitimes on Thursday, and it cites unnamed industry sources in claiming two new Nexus tablets are currently in the works. The first will apparently be a thinner version of the current $199 Nexus 7 and the second will be a new $99 model. Both tablets will utilize display panels from HannStar Display, the report claims. $99 is often thought of as the magic price point that makes purchase decisions far less difficult for consumers, and if Google can hit that price with a decent piece of hardware, it could very well mount a solid defense against Apple’s (AAPL) rumored upcoming iPad mini, which will be unveiled next month at a price point of either $249 or $299 according to earlier reports.
Read. Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance. High performance access to file storage Acording to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2012 is "the most epic year in Microsoft history," and the launch of Windows 8 is a bigger deal to Redmond than the launch of Windows 95. "Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now," Ballmer told The Seattle Times. "I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it. " His opinion of Windows 8's import is, indeed, epic.
"We're trying to really re-imagine the world from the ground up with Windows 8," he said. Ballmer also tossed cold water on rumors that Microsoft's tablet-with-a-keyboard Surface would be offered at a low price point – say, $199 to lure the same audience that snatched up Amazon's original Kindle Fire last holiday season. "I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a superexpensive device," he said. "If you say to somebody, would you use one of the 7-inch tablets, would somebody ever use a Kindle to do their homework? " Does he have any doubts about its success? Kleiner to Invest More than $100 Million in Enterprise.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will more than double its investments in mobile applications for corporate users, as well as technology used to remotely manage software and hardware, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The venture capital firm has already invested about $100 million in the two areas in the last 18 months, and plans to more than double its investments in the next 12 to 18 months, Murphy said in a phone interview. Mobile software startups are gaining traction as more corporate users adopt smartphones and Apple Inc.
(AAPL)’s iPads for work, and use these devices to access key applications. Apple’s smartphones and tablets represented the top four most-popular mobile devices among corporate users, according to a recent report from software provider Good Technology Inc. “The enterprise is a pretty interesting opportunity right now,” Murphy said. To facilitate the push, last year Kleiner recruited Ray Bradford and Mike Abbott. MSFT, ORCL, CRM Big Winners In Piper Jaffray IT Spending Survey. The future of marketing: your face. Google’s Self-Driving Car Passes 300,000 Miles, Employees To Start Commuting With It. The Next Internet? Inside PARC’s Vision of Content Centric Networking. Realtime Gets $100 Million To Build “Whole New Era Of The Internet,” AKA The Real-Time Web. Internet addiction even worries Silicon Valley. 500 Startups Employs Data and Analytics to Pick Tech Startups.
Closing the Loop. Silicon Beach emerges as a tech hotbed. Dell to Buy Quest Software for $2.4 Billion. NY Times Advertisement. Improving the known, exploring the unknown, and innovating to be well-known. Microsoft to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion: WSJ. Why Google and Apple Are Now Enemies. Bionic Brains and Beyond. Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends. Cloud Clan Editor's Blog - Cloud Firms Bet Big on Social CRM. Mary Meeker 2012: Mobile’s Hypertrajectory and the Re-imagining of Everything. SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba. Connections, Channels, and Collaboration: New Imperatives for Today’s CIO. From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education : All Tech Considered. Toothpaste, toilet paper, white matter, and jam: Clues for better decision making.
Oakley Tests Technology That Would Rival Google’s Project Glass. The Digitization of Human Interactions: From Long Tail to Mass Disruption. Facebook to Buy Instagram for $1 Billion in Cash, Stock - Deal Journal. Google+ Hangouts Get Apps, Including SlideShare and Diagram Tools. Big Data is Creating The Future - It's A $50 Billion Market. IBM's Quantum Computers Could Change The World (Mostly In Very Good Ways) 2012: All about the 'fourth' screen? - Research. Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End. The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile. Brian Vellmure - Google+ - What perhaps the greatest tech visionary of our era was… Top Ten Predictions for 2012. The 2012 top 10 emerging technologies. Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. 2012 brings a pause in the disruption.
2012 Temkin Experience Ratings of Tech Vendors. Web economy in G20 set to double by 2016, Google says. Envisioning the future of technology — by Michell Zappa. Brian Vellmure - Google+ - Not amazed that tablets and e-reader growth doubled -… The hot tech gig of 2022: Data scientist. Following Digital Breadcrumbs To 'Big Data' Gold. UPDATE 2-Oracle to buy RightNow for around $1.5 bln.
15 years of Download.com, the original app store. Oracle Open World 2011 – Initial Thoughts. Apple Is Quietly Disintermediating Google In Mobile Search. The Era of mobile dominance is beginning - destroy/dstorey. The Web is Back. Flexible Galaxy Skin From Samsung: Future of Smartphone? [VIDEO, PHOTOS] Exploring the future of computing: The Hybrid Model.
Cloud_Survey_2011vpub. Jive Software Said to Hire Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs for IPO. Augmented Reality Kills The QR Code Star. 270808_IoT_in_2020_Workshop_Report_V1-1. Survey: Buyers want sub-$250 Amazon tablet. The Interconnected World of Tech Companies [INFOGRAPHIC] Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates - Rawn Shah - Connected Business. App Stores Will Be $4 Billion Business This Year.