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ElasticBox raises $9M Series A to bring “paint by numbers” simplicity to cloud development

The cloud is kind of a big deal. People know its name. Guys want to be the cloud, girls want to be with the cloud – or something like that. But with software development rapidly shifting to virtual infrastructure, there’s a need for tools to develop and manage the millions of new applications created within [...]

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Is Aaron Levie building the next Salesforce or just spending too much cash?

Ten years after Salesforce’s IPO brought “on demand” enterprise software to primetime, Box is now filing for its own public offering. In the intervening years, CIOs have become more comfortable with actually moving significant parts of their businesses to the cloud, and the mobile/tablet revolution has modernized cloud apps all over again. Salesforce’s Marc Benioff was [...]

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Firm in flux: DFJ raises $325M early stage fund, sets out to prove it’s more than just its name

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), the three-decade-old VC firm that carries the name of one of Silicon Valley’s great investing dynasties – the Drapers – is announcing that it’s closed its eleventh early stage fund, bringing in $325 million in new capital. It’s a respectable sum that comes on the heels of a $350 million tenth fund raised in 2010, and…

    



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Box is the unicorn that Mark Cuban let get away

Reports yesterday indicate that Box has finally filed paperwork for its long anticipated 2014 IPO. As is customary with marquee exits, that news leads to a question of who stands to see the biggest return. But uniquely, Box’s earliest investor won’t be cashing in once the company enters the public markets. Billionaire angel investor, Dallas Mavericks owner, and…

    



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Dropbox’s big funding round is further proof that it’s following no one’s timeline but its own

Late last week, a WSJ report claimed that Dropbox would be the latest company to join the exclusive $10 billion valuation club, thanks to an expected $250 million Series C funding round. A later report from ReCode suggested that the round could swell to as large as $400 million. At the high end, this would bring Dropbox’s total…

    



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Infer knows best: Proving the power of predictive analytics by delivering Glengarry leads

The movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” is famous for its desperate salespeople who fight over access to the premium Glengarry leads, knowing they’ll make the difference between success and failure. “These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they’re gold, and you don’t get them,” Alec Baldwin’s character taunts at one point. This scene may be a work of fiction, but…

    



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Younity unveils ephemeral file sharing, eliminates the need to revoke permissions

This year may go down in history as the moment the world woke up and realized that privacy matters. Between the general horror expressed at revelations of pervasive NSA spying and the emergence and rapid adoption of ephemeral and anonymous messaging apps like Snapchat, Whisper, and Rumr, it’s obvious that consumers awareness of how and with whom…

    



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Here are the lucky VCs who secretly made money on Twitter’s IPO

Twitter’s investors weren’t the only VC’s cashing in on the company’s IPO. Certainly general partners at Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Charles River Ventures celebrated their success in the deal. They were Twitter’s initial investors, and they made hundreds of millions of dollars on the IPO. Later investors like DST Global, Kleiner Perkins and JPMorgan, as well…

    



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GoodData hires industry vet Maureen Kelly as its first CMO

A year after raising its $25 million Series C round and six year old business intelligence (BI) startup GoodData has finally made its most important hire, according to founder and CEO Roman Stanek. Today, the company announced the appointment of its first CMO, naming enterprise marketing veteran Maureen Kelly to the role. Prior to GoodData, Kelly was…

    

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GoodData hires industry vet Maureen Kelly as its first CMO

A year after raising its $25 million Series C round and six year old business intelligence (BI) startup GoodData has finally made its most important hire, according to founder and CEO Roman Stanek. Today, the company announced the appointment of its first CMO, naming enterprise marketing veteran Maureen Kelly to the role. Prior to GoodData, Kelly was…

    

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ZenPayroll adds support for contract workers, preps for expansion to Florida, Texas, and soon New York

Anyone who has ever been involved in the payroll process almost certainly despises it. Whether done manually, or contracted out to a third-party, payroll has always been a necessary evil of business. Since graduating from Y-Combinator’s Winter 2012 class, ZenPayroll has been systematically reinventing the payroll experience by offering an automated, cloud-based solution. When it launched out of beta…

    

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