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ServiceMesh Named Cool Vendor in Cloud Management by Leading Analyst Firm

Written by on July 26, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  April 18, 2012 –

ServiceMesh, provider of the market-leading enterprise-class cloud application management platform for Global 2000 companies, today announced it has been named a 2012 Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management. Published April 11, 2012, the Gartner, Inc. survey of global CIOs identified cloud computing as one of the top-three strategic technology investments and recommended that IT executives take advantage of cloud computing innovations in self-service provisioning, software tool chain automation, and policy-driven governance to improve the agility and efficiency of their infrastructures, platforms, and applications. ServiceMesh’s cloud management platform enables enterprise IT organizations to maximize the strategic competitive advantage of these investments by managing the plan, build and run lifecycle of cloud resources leveraging a sophisticated, policy-based framework.

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Mobile Coding Start-Up Xamarin Lands $12 Million From Charles River, Ignition and Floodgate

Written by on July 25, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

All Things D 7/24/12 -

Xamarin, one of many companies working to make it easier for businesses to create mobile apps, is announcing on Tuesday that it has raised $12 million in Series A funding from Charles River Ventures, Ignition Partners and Floodgate.

The company, launched last year by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza, says it has more than 7,500 paying customers for its technology, including the music service Rdio. Xamarin’s technology allows developers to write software for Android, iOS and Windows Phone using a set of programming tools familiar to those who in the past wrote software for Windows.

“With Xamarin, we are able to have it all,” Rdio engineering VP Todd Berman said in a statement. “We’ve saved thousands of engineering hours while delivering gorgeous, high-performance native apps across device platforms and form factors to consumers worldwide.”

Friedman, who previously worked with de Icaza on Ximian (later sold to Novell), said the new funding will help the company improve the service and build up its sales and marketing efforts.

“Our mission is to make it fast, easy and fun to build great mobile apps,” Friedman said in a statement. “We’ve had a tremendous first year, validated by more than 12,000 new developers per month, and millions of dollars in revenue. This funding will enable us to scale our success and better deliver on our mission, bringing millions more developers to mobile.”

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DocuSign raises $47.5 million, adds Mary Meeker to board

Written by on July 14, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

CNN Money 7/12/12 -

The 8-year-old electronic signature provider will have raised a total of $117 million.

FORTUNE — DocuSign, the electronic signature provider, said has raised $47.5 million in a round of financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. As part of the deal, which also includes investments from Accel Partners, SAP Ventures (SAP) and Comcast Ventures (CMCSA), Kleiner partner Mary Meeker will join DocuSign’s board of directors.

With the new financing, the 8-year-old company will have raised a total of $117 million.

“Our business is growing at a tremendous clip,” Keith Krach, DocuSign’s chairman and CEO, said in an interview. The company will use the additional funds to accelerate investments in research and development, international expansion and to go after certain vertical markets, Krach said. (Krach will be speaking at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado next week.)

The company, whose e-signature service is used by everyone from consumers, to small business owners like realtors, to giant companies like HP (HPQ), currently has 20 million users and is adding about 60,000 new users a day, said Krach, who has been chairman for the past 3 years and took over the CEO post last year. In the past year, the company has nearly doubled in size to 270 employees.

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Healthcare marketing upstart Appature lands $6.1 million from Madrona and Ignition

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

GeekWire 7/12/12 -

Appature has been undergoing what CEO Kabir Shahani describes as a “pretty dramatic growth curve” in the past year, growing monthly recurring revenues more than 12X since raising its last round of funding. Now, the Seattle maker of online marketing software is putting a little more fuel in the tank.

Existing investors Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Partners have committed an additional $6.1 million to the 5-year-old company. Total funding now stands at $9.6 million.

“We have been able to stay very lean and capital efficient as we grow, and over the past quarter we have been able to attract enterprise deals and scaled the number of customers pretty significantly,” Shahani said. “We’ve doubled our customer base in the last seven months alone, so we needed to really quickly scale up. We had great investors around the table, and it made sense to keep plowing ahead, and not get distracted with anything else.”

Appature’s cloud-based software is used by various healthcare companies to better track and enhance marketing campaigns. To date, the company has remained laser focused on the healthcare segment, but Shahani said they could expand into other industry segments with the new cash.

“We are getting a lot of excitement about our platform, and a lot of great feedback about our platform,” he said. “So, how we continue to go to market is something we are actively discussing.”

At its core, Shahani said the tool is designed to allow marketers to take action based on the data they are collecting. Appature employs 47 people, and with the new funding the company plans to hit 60 by the end of the year.

Appature, for the most part, competes against marketing service providers that implement technologies such as Aprimo and IBM’s Unica.

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Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

TechCrunch 7/11/12 -

Fotopedia‘s travel apps have been downloaded over 12 million times since the company’s launch in 2011. Since then, the team has experimented with a number of monetization strategies, including paid apps, sponsorships and – most recently – its own ad platform. Today, the company is launching a partnership with Expedia that will make it easy for Fotopedia users to make travel reservations through the Expedia Hotels iOS app. While Fotopedia won’t comment about whether it is sharing revenue with Expedia, this is such a common model in the travel market that it’s highly unlikely the company didn’t strike a deal with the travel company.

Working with a travel company looks like an obvious choice for Fotopedia (besides the fact that their names are obviously pretty similar). While the company put a strong focus on coffee table book-like experiences in its early days, with apps that often featured thousands of images, it now takes a more magazine-like approach and is launching new but smaller apps at a steady pace.

For the time being, these new Expedia buttons in Fotopedia will only appear in the Fotopedia Paris and Japan apps, though chances are the company will expand this feature to some of its older apps and its upcoming releases as well. Expedia, a Fotopedia spokesperson told us, “is going to evaluate how this partnership performs and then they are free to extend it to all of Fotopedia’s upcoming and existing apps.”

In practice, this feature provides a link to the Expedia app when users look at pictures of landmarks. Clicking on the Expedia icon switches the user to the Expedia Hotels app (or opens up the App Store where users can download the app for free).

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ServiceMesh, Apprenda, Cloud Cruiser and Derdack Announce Private Cloud Solutions Suite for Microsoft Cloud Stack

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – July 10, 2012 –

ServiceMesh, provider of the industry’s only enterprise-grade cloud management platform, today announced that it has teamed with Apprenda, Cloud Cruiser and Derdack, with sponsorship from Microsoft, to create a comprehensive set of cloud enablement solutions named the Private Cloud Solutions Suite (PCSS). By collective effort, the team that created PCSS offers Systems­­­­ Integrators (SIs) an enhanced market solution for building private clouds using the Microsoft stack that eliminates stop gaps and enables full-spectrum delivery of enterprise private cloud capabilities to customers. Strategically aligned with Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V and Windows Server, PCSS ensures that SIs can attract new revenue from enterprise customers and deliver on outstanding private cloud project commitments.

“Private Cloud Solutions Suite is strategically important to Microsoft private cloud and System Center as our ISV Partner Solutions enhance Microsoft’s industry leadership. PCSS also equips key SI partners with additional technology to help deliver on enterprise private cloud needs,” said Sergio Klarreich, Director of Business Development, System Center Partner Ecosystem, Management and Security Division at Microsoft.

PCSS is comprised of Microsoft ecosystem ISVs Apprenda, Cloud Cruiser, Derdack and ServiceMesh and tackles strategically important areas in the world of Microsoft private cloud and System Center. Private Cloud Solutions Suite covers all aspects of private cloud, ranging from:

  • Private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud management tools;
    and,
  • Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) focused on productivity and cloud
    outcomes for enterprise software developers.

A collection of SIs worked as a sounding board during the creation of PCSS and were excited about finally having a fully scoped, one-stop-shop solution that enables them to extend next-generation, best of breed private cloud capabilities to their customers. “With the explosive growth in private cloud demand, it’s important that systems integrators and consultants such as ourselves have access to best-of-breed technologies to properly implement private cloud for our customers,” said Raymond Chou, Owner of RedDynamics Asia Sdn Bhd. “PCSS  helps us attract new revenue and fulfill project demand in the market.”

Each PCSS ISV solution solves a separate piece of the puzzle.

Apprenda (apprenda.com)

Apprenda is an Open Platform as a Service (PaaS) stack for .NET that enables enterprises to transform any Windows based infrastructure into a self-service cloud application platform.

Cloud Cruiser (cloudcruiser.com)

Cloud Cruiser fully integrates its powerful
cost analytics platform with System Center 2012 to allow customers to collect,
price, map, and implement chargeback for provisioned resources.

Derdack (derdack.com)

Enterprise Alert® complements System Center 2012 with advanced notifications via voice, text, IM, push and email with tracking and escalation, incident communication automation and remote IT control & mobile service management from any smartphone. Enterprise Alert® ensures a timely response to critical events before they impact business continuity and customer service levels of private clouds.

ServiceMesh (servicemesh.com)

ServiceMesh’s Agility Platform is the only enterprise-grade cloud management platform that delivers and manages applications in hybrid clouds with policy-driven governance, compliance, and security throughout their lifecycle.

“Microsoft’s Solution partners are an important part of our go-to-market strategy around private cloud. By ensuring that we identify the best-of-breed private cloud ISVs and then facilitating interactions between them and our SI Partners , Microsoft gives our partners additional leverage to succeed,” said Sally Kim, Director for Partner Strategy
and Compete, World Wide Partner Group at Microsoft.

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Chinese game publisher Forgame raises cash from Ignition, TA and others Chinese game publisher Forgame raises cash from Ignition, TA and others

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

GeekWire 7/11/12 -

Forgame Tech, a Chinese developer of more than two dozen online games, including Ming Dynasty, Soul Guardians and Legend of Chaos, has raised an undisclosed round of capitalfrom TA Associates, Ignition Capital Partners and Qiming Venture Partners.

Forgame was founded in 2008, operating game development brands such as Feiyin and Jieyou, and a publishing platform known as Weidong. It claimed more than 110 million registered users at the end of June.

“As the free-to-play model allows a user to play without purchasing an expensive game console, it is particularly attractive in regions with historically limited console markets such as China, South Korea and continental Europe. We anticipate significant ongoing market opportunities for Forgame in these regions,” said Hans Tung of Qiming Venture Partners, who is joining the company’s board.

Seattle’s Ignition Capital is the private equity arm of Ignition Partners. Qiming is the firm’s Chinese affiliate.

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Apprenda Extends Microsoft’s Service Management Portal for Hosting Service Providers to Enterprise .NET Applications

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

Seattle PI  7/10/12 -

In continued support of enterprise .NET applications, Apprenda announces today that hosting service providers using Microsoft’s newly introduced Service Management Portal and Service Management API can seamlessly add Apprenda’s best of breed Private Platform as a Service to their list of hosting offerings.

In addition to databases, websites and virtual machines, hosting service providers using Microsoft’s portal can now extend the portal to host .NET enterprise applications through Apprenda.

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Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

Written by on July 12, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

TechCrunch 7/11/12 -

Fotopedia‘s travel apps have been downloaded over 12 million times since the company’s launch in 2011. Since then, the team has experimented with a number of monetization strategies, including paid apps, sponsorships and – most recently – its own ad platform. Today, the company is launching a partnership with Expedia that will make it easy for Fotopedia users to make travel reservations through the Expedia Hotels iOS app. While Fotopedia won’t comment about whether it is sharing revenue with Expedia, this is such a common model in the travel market that it’s highly unlikely the company didn’t strike a deal with the travel company.

Working with a travel company looks like an obvious choice for Fotopedia (besides the fact that their names are obviously pretty similar). While the company put a strong focus on coffee table book-like experiences in its early days, with apps that often featured thousands of images, it now takes a more magazine-like approach and is launching new but smaller apps at a steady pace.

For the time being, these new Expedia buttons in Fotopedia will only appear in the Fotopedia Paris and Japan apps, though chances are the company will expand this feature to some of its older apps and its upcoming releases as well. Expedia, a Fotopedia spokesperson told us, “is going to evaluate how this partnership performs and then they are free to extend it to all of Fotopedia’s upcoming and existing apps.”

In practice, this feature provides a link to the Expedia app when users look at pictures of landmarks. Clicking on the Expedia icon switches the user to the Expedia Hotels app (or opens up the App Store where users can download the app for free).

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Meet the Company That’s Disrupting Apple and Google

Written by on July 2, 2012 in Press & Events - No comments

Daily Finance 6/29/12 -

Raise your hand if you use a Mac, but also like Android-driven geekery. (Counts.) Hmmm, that’s a fair number of you. Privately-held BlueStacks has something you might like.

At this week’s I/O developer conference, the company introduced Android App Player for Mac OS X. Install the environment, and you’ll get a variety of pre-loaded Android apps and the option to download more. But be warned: the software is still in alpha testing, which means there are plenty of bugs still to be found and swatted.

Expect a more stable version soon enough. BlueStacks already has a beta version for Windows, which received accolades at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January, and from CNET’s editors since. There’s every reason to believe the Mac version will be just as impressive.

How do Apple (NAS: AAPL) and Google (NAS: GOOG) look at the App Player? I’ve yet to see comments from either company, and while BlueStacks technically launched at the same time as I/O, PC World reports that the company set up shop outside the event using a large wedding tent as a prop signifying the marriage of competing operating systems.

Cute, but also telling. Why endorse App Player when Apple wants to beat Google and vice versa?

Even so, posturing doesn’t change the truth that, were you to survey the audience of I/O, you’d undoubtedly find hundreds of Mac users hunting and pecking away notes about the latest Android and Chrome OS breakthroughs. I was among that group last year, and I’m still using Android, the Chrome OS, and Mac OS X on a daily basis.

My point? It really doesn’t matter what Apple and Google think. BlueStacks has a killer app in the making because users like cross-platform compatibility. But don’t take my word for it; look at the data. Virtualization software suppliers Citrix (NAS: CTXS) and VMware (NYS: VMW) combine for more than $6 billion in annual revenue.

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Why Hipmunk Is The World’s Best Travel Site

Written by on July 2, 2012 in Press & Events, Uncategorized - No comments

Forbes 6/29/12 -

George Orwell said journalism is “printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” Bully for you, Eric Arthur Blair, but you never had to book a flight from JFK to SFO for a family of four on a budget. Because I have run that gauntlet several times, I don’t feel bad writing a few paragraphs of unpaid PR for Hipmunk, a two-year-old travel-booking site. This post meets the Orwellian bar for journalism insofar as it’s not what Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, ual.com and aa.com want printed: Hipmunk is the best travel site on the Web. Period.

Why? It’s smarter than all the others about presenting flight and hotel data. It doesn’t waste your time. It sacrifices ad revenue for a better user experience. It personalizes better than the others. It’s not trying to be anything other than a decision-making engine. “Our main philosophy,” says Hipmunk cofounder Steve Huffman, “is that we want you to spend as little time on our site as possible with the least amount of pain.” Completing the booking happens elsewhere,  including on Orbitz and the airline and hotel sites. Hipmunk makes a few bucks for generating each lead. “Like a lot of people, when I get home from work, I don’t want to think. We started from that notion,” says Huffman. “You only have so many decision-making units in your head per day.”

This is the big point. There was a time when it was really novel and boss for an e-commerce site to expose tons of data simply because it could. That was a sign of technical superiority and implied intelligence. But that novelty has worn off. The winners from here on out will the ones who make the Web functional and simple. Find me the answer, sort it for me, find me my community, entertain me. “You have to embrace the fact that people work that way,” says Huffman.

The embrace of that philosophy has earned Hipmunk a loyal and growing customer base. Little of its traffic (less than 5%, says Huffman) comes from search ads or organic results on Google. Compare that to Expedia, which got 11% of its traffic from Google sites as of October 2011, down from 15% a year earlier. With Google offering more of its own flight and hotel booking links atop search results, following its purchase last year of ITA Software, outfits such as Kayak and Expedia are finding that their unpaid listings are being pushed further down the page. Any online agent that depends on search engine marketing and not a repeat business is asking for trouble.

If you know Hipmunk and have used it to book your flights and hotels, that’s awesome for you. You probably don’t need to waste your time reading this post. But you’re in the minority. Despite some positive press, Hipmunk remains little-known outside the travel-nerd crowd. According to comScore, Expedia had 20 million U.S. visitors in May 2012. Hipmunk had 274,000. Hipmunk says it gets millions of search queries per month but it’s still miniscule compared to the bigger sites.

You may not understand Hipmunk the first time you use it but the next time you use someone else’s site you realize the torture they are putting you through. Here are Hipmunk’s search results for flights on July 1 from NYC to LAX. What gets the most prominent display is how a flight sits in your day. Price is to the left. Layovers are shown as gaps between flight legs. Filters are available through drop-downs along the top.

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