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CIOs are dead tired of dumb tech. Pulse has $6.5M to help them help each other

The technology that runs our companies these days is staggering in its complexity. We have moved from a monolith to a microservices world, from boxes to SaaS, and while that has added agility to the enterprise, it has come at the cost of a metric f-ton of services and software platforms required by every team in the building. CIOs need a place to commiserate — and get better recommendations on what tech works well and what should be placed in the proverbial recycle bin. Meanwhile, salespeople an...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, True Ventures, Wonder, Mehta, Ventures, Mayank Mehta, Stackshare, Allianz Group, AV8 Ventures, NewtonX


Zoom freezes feature development to fix security and privacy issues

Zoom has been widely criticized over the past couple of weeks for terrible security, a poorly designed screensharing feature, misleading dark pattern, fake end-to-end-encryption claims and an incomplete privacy policy. Despite that, the video conferencing service has attracted a ton of new users thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns around the world — the company reached 200 million daily active users last month. Zoom, an enterprise product designed for boring corporate meetings, has become a m...
Tags: Facebook, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Yuan, Sdk, Zoom, Patrick Wardle, SpaceX Elon Musk, Eric S Yuan


A former chaos engineer offers 5 tips for handling online disasters remotely

Kolton Andrus Contributor Share on Twitter Kolton is co-founder and CEO of Gremlin, the chaos engineering company helping the world build a more reliable internet. I recently had a scheduled video conference call with a Fortune 100 company. Everything on my end was ready to go; my presentation was prepared and well-practiced. I was set to talk to 30 business leaders who were ready to learn more about how they could become more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Work, Startups, Column, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Netflix, Talent, Kolton, Kolton Andrus, Extra Crunch


Okta launches Lifecycle Management Workflows to make building identity-centric processes easy

Okta, the popular identity and access management service, today used its annual (and now virtual) user conference to launch Lifecycle Management Workflows, a new tool that helps IT teams build and manage IFTTT-like automated processes with the help of an easy to use graphical interface. The new service is an extension of Okta’s existing automation tools. But the key here is that IT teams and developers can now easily build complex identity-centric workflows across a wide range of applications...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Identity, Okta, Identity Management, Tech, Salesforce, Box, Slack, Servicenow, Tamar Yehoshua, OKTA Okta, Azuqua, Diya Jolly, Box Salesforce ServiceNow, Okta Lifecycle Management Workflows


Xerox drops $34B HP takeover bid amid COVID-19 uncertainty

Xerox announced today that it would be dropping its hostile takeover bid of HP. The drama began last fall with a flurry of increasingly angry letters between the two companies, and confrontational actions from Xerox, including an attempt to take over the HP board that had rejected its takeover overtures. All that came crashing to the ground today when Xerox officially announced it was backing down amid worldwide economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company also indicated...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Drama, Tech, Hp, Xerox, M&a, Printers, HP Inc NYSE, HP-Xerox deal, Coronavirus, Hostile Takeover Bids, COVID-19, COVID


Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure

Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Edge Zones, which will allow Azure users to bring their applications to the company’s edge locations. The focus here is on enabling real-time low-latency 5G applications. The company is also launching a version of Edge Zones with carriers (starting with AT&T) in preview, which connects these zones directly to 5G networks in the carrier’s data center. And to round it all out, Azure is also getting Private Edge Zones for those who are deploying priv...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, New York, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Articles, Tech, Telecommunications, AT&T, Vodafone, Miami, Telstra, Private


Xage adds full-stack data protection to blockchain security platform

Xage, a startup that has been taking an unusual path to secure legacy companies like oil and gas and utilities with help from the blockchain, announced a new data protection service today. Xage CEO Duncan Greatwood, says that up until this point, the company has concentrated on protecting customers at the machine layer, but today’s announcement involves protecting data as it travels between parties, which is more of a classic blockchain security scenario. “We are moving beyond the protection ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Enterprise, Tech, Blockchain, Data Security, Xage, Duncan Greatwood, Greatwood, Blockchain security


Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M

Palo Alto Networks announced today that it has an agreement in place to acquire CloudGenix for $420 million. CloudGenix delivers a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that helps customers stay secure by setting policies to enforce compliance with company security protocols across distributed locations. This is especially useful for companies with a lot of branch offices or a generally distributed workforce, something just about everyone is dealing with at the moment as we find millions s...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Palo Alto, M&a, Nikesh Arora, Mergers And Acquisitons, Palo Alto Networks, Arora, SD-WAN, Kumar Ramachandran Mani Ramasamy, Venkataraman Anand, PitchBook data Palo Alto Networks


DataStax launches Kubernetes operator for open source Cassandra database

Today, DataStax, the commercial company behind the open source Apache Cassandra project, announced an open source Kubernetes operator developed by the company to run a cloud native version of the database. When Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at DataStax, came over from Google last year, the first thing he did was take the pulse of customers, partners and community members around Kubernetes and Cassandra, and they found there was surprisingly limited support. While some companies had bui...
Tags: Google, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Netflix, Databases, Kubernetes, KUBE, Cassandra, PitchBook, Datastax, Apache Cassandra, Sam Ramji


Atlassian’s Confluence gets a new template gallery

Confluence, Atlassian’s content-centric collaboration tool for teams, is making it easier for new users to get started with the launch of an updated template gallery and 75 new templates. They incorporate what the company has learned from its customers and partners since it first launched the service back in 2004. About a year ago, Atlassian gave Confluence a major makeover, with an updated editor and advanced analytics. Today’s update isn’t quite as dramatic but goes to show that Confluence ...
Tags: Enterprise, Tech, Companies, Collaboration, Atlassian, Invision


SMB loans platform Kabbage to furlough a ‘significant’ number of staff, close office in Bangalore

Another tech unicorn is feeling the pinch of doing business during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Kabbage, the Softbank-backed lending startup that uses machine learning to evaluate loan applications for small and medium businesses, is furloughing a “significant number” of its US team of 500 employees, according to a memo sent to staff and seen by TechCrunch, in the wake of drastically changed business conditions for the company. It is also completely closing down its office in Bangalore, Indi...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Finance, Softbank, US, Tech, Treasury, Loans, Fintech, Bangalore, Kabbage, Smbs, Small Business Administration, FDIC, USP, Bangalore India


Turbo Systems hires former Looker CMO Jen Grant as CEO

Turbo Systems, a three-year old, no-code mobile app startup, announced today it has brought on industry veteran Jen Grant to be CEO. Grant, who was previously vice president of marketing at Box and chief marketing officer at Elastic and Looker, brings more than 15 years of tech company experience to the young startup. She says that when Looker got acquired by Google last June for $2.6 billion, she began looking for her next opportunity. She had done a stint with Google as a product manager ea...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Cloud, Enterprise, Ge, Developer, Tech, Grant, Hiring, Looker, Subramanian, No Code Development, Jen Grant, Turbo Systems


Microsoft acquires 5G specialist Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators. With its focus on 5G and edge computing, Affirmed looks like the ideal acquisition target for a large cloud provider looking to get deeper into the telco business. According to Crunchbase, Affirmed raised a total of $155 million before this acquisition, and the company’s more than 100 enterprise customers include the likes ...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Internet Of Things, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Tech, AT&T, Computing, Vodafone, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Orange, 5g, Telus


Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90 days

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff outlined an eight-step plan to keep people safe and find treatments and a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, all while working to find a way to get people back to work safely. He also asked that all CEOs take a 90-day “no lay off” pledge to help everyone get through the crisis. 6.Release workers who are ok.Develop plan for this with antibody titers to be on front line exposure positions.7.Every ceo take a 90 day “no lay off” pledge.http...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Salesforce, Marc Benioff, Ohana, Benioff, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams

CRM has for years been primarily a story of software to manage customer contacts, data to help agents do their jobs, and tools to manage incoming requests and outreach strategies. Now to add to that we’re starting to see a new theme: apps to help agents track how they work and to work better. Today comes the latest startup in that category, a Dutch company called Kaizo, which uses AI and gamification to provide feedback on agents’ work, tips on what to do differently, and tools to set and work t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, Enterprise, Tech, Ai, Gamification, Zendesk, Customer Support, Kaizo, IBM Ventures, Salesforce ZenDesk, Gradient Ventures, Recent Funding, Darian Shirazi


Yaguara nabs $7.2M seed to help e-commerce companies understand customers better

Yaguara, a Denver-based startup that wants to help e-commerce companies understand their customers better to deliver more meaningful experiences, announced a $7.2 million seed investment today. The round was led by Foundation Capital with participation from Gradient Ventures, Rainfall Ventures and Zelkova. It also had help from some e-commerce heavy hitters including Warby Parker, Harry’s and Allbirds. Yaguara CEO Jonathan Smalley was working at an agency building specialized cloud tools for onl...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Customer Experience, Denver, Foundation Capital, Zelkova, Smalley, Customer Data Platforms, Warby Parker Harry, Yaguara, Gradient Ventures Rainfall Ventures, Jonathan Smalley


Spotinst rebrands as Spot and announces new cloud spend dashboard

Spotinst, the startup that helps companies find lower cost spot instances in the cloud, announced today that it was rebranding as Spot. It also announced a brand new cloud usage dashboard to help companies get a detailed view of their cloud spend. Amiram Shachar, co-founder and CEO at Spot, says the new product is designed to give customers much greater insight and visibility into cloud usage and spending. “With this new product we’re providing a more holistic platform that lets customers see al...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Spotinst, Spot instances, Amiram Shachar, Shachar, Reserved Instances, Crunchbase Shachar


Humio announces $20M Series B to advance unlimited logging tool

Humio, a startup that has built a modern unlimited logging solution, announced a $20 million Series B investment today. Dell Technologies Capital led the round with participation from previous investor Accel. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $32 million, according to the company. Humio co-founder and CEO Geeta Schmidt says the startup wanted to build a solution that would allow companies to log everything, while reducing the overall cost associated with doing that, a tough pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Michigan, Devops, Aruba, SCHMIDT, Dell Technologies Capital, Humio, Geeta Schmidt, Deepak Jeevankumer, Logging Tools, Accel Today, Netlify Bloomberg


Espressive lands $30M Series B to build better help chatbots

Espressive, a four-year-old startup from former ServiceNow employees, is working to build a better chatbot to reduce calls to company help desks. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B investment. Insight Partners led the round with help from Series A lead investor General Catalyst along with Wing Venture Capital. Under the terms of today’s agreement, Insight founder and managing director Jeff Horing will be joining the Espressive Board. Today’s investment brings the total rai...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Image Recognition, Company, Calhoun, NLP, Chatbots, Jeff Horing, Insight Partners, Pat Calhoun


TripActions reportedly lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze

The coronavirus demand crunch has taken another bite: Palo Alto-based corporate travel-focused unicorn, TripActions, reportedly laid off hundreds of staff yesterday. Per this post on Blind — written by someone with a verified TripActions email address — the company fired 350 people. Business Insider reported the same figure yesterday. While the Wall Street Journal said the layoffs amount to between one-quarter to one-fifth of the startup’s total staff, citing a person familiar with the situat...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Layoffs, Enterprise, China, Tech, Palo Alto, Business Travel, Wall Street Journal, Lightspeed, Crunchbase, Business Insider, Zeev Ventures, Layoff, Travel Startups, Tripactions


Control each other’s apps with new screensharing tool Screen

It’s like Google Docs for everything. Screen is a free interactive multiplayer screensharing app that gives everyone a cursor so they can navigate, draw on, and even code within the apps of their co-workers while voice or video chatting. Screen makes it easy and fun to co-design content, pair program, code review or debug together, or get feedback from a teacher. Jahanzeb Sherwani sold his last screensharing tool ScreenHero to Slack, but it never performed as well crammed inside the messaging a...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Post, Enterprise, Instagram, Tech, Screen, Google Docs, Video Chat, Slack, Sherwani, Screenhero


Startups are helping cloud infrastructure customers avoid vendor lock-in

For much of the history of enterprise technology, companies tended to buy from a single vendor because it made managing the entire affair much easier while giving them a “single throat to choke” when something went wrong. On the flip side, it also put customers at the mercy of said vendor — and it wasn’t always pretty. As we move deeper into the cloud model, many IT pros are looking for more flexibility than they had in the past, avoiding the vendor lock-in from the previous generation of enterp...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Snowflake, Egnyte, Cloud Infrastructure, Vineet Jain, Frank Slootman, Cloud Native, Extra Crunch


Ceros launches MarkUp, a design collaboration tool for live websites

When designers need to collaborate with other teams, they can currently turn to products like InVision and Zeplin. But Ceros creative director Jack Dixon said there’s a “pretty interesting gap in the market” — once you move beyond prototypes and start working with websites that are either live or in staging, the process starts to become fragmented, relying on screenshots and email/phone/Google Docs. That’s why the company (which focuses on powering interactive content “experiences”) is launching...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Tech, Invision, Dixon, CEROS, DiNardo, ZEPLIN, Jack Dixon, Bullington, Greg DiNardo, Alex Bullington, Arbit Dixon DiNardo, Ceros Studio, Huffington Post Cushman Wakefield


Activist investor Starboard Value taking three Box board seats as involvement deepens

When activist investors Starboard Value took a 7.5% stake in Box last September, there was reasonable speculation that it would begin to try and push an agenda, as activist investors tend to do. While the firm has been quiet to this point, today Box announced that Starboard was adding three members to the 9 member Box board. At the same time, two long-time Box investors and allies, Rory O’Driscoll from Scale Venture Partners and Josh Stein from DFJ, will be retiring from the board and not ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Drama, Finance, Tech, SaaS, Gopro, Box, Dfj, Aaron Levie, Driscoll, Scale Venture Partners, Stein, Starboard Value, Starboard


Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis

The COVID-19 virus is touching every aspect of our lives and having a profound impact on individuals, businesses and society at large. Box’s Aaron Levie has built a successful business from dorm room to IPO and beyond. He spoke to TechCrunch today about the level of creativity and focus that it’s going to take to succeed in the current environment. Levie pointed out that his company was a fledgling startup when the economic downturn hit in 2008, but he thinks this one could have a much greate...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Corporate Social Responsibility, SaaS, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Box, Aaron Levie, Levie, Startup Advice, COVID-19, Chuck Robbins Marc Benioff


Google cancels I/O developer conference in light of COVID-19 crisis

Google announced on Twitter today that it was canceling its annual I/O developer conference out of concern for the health and safety of all involved. It will not be holding any online conference in its place either. “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent ‘shelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year,” the company tweeted. This is not a small ...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Events, Tech, Google I/o, Bay Area, Developer Conferences, Coronavirus, COVID-19


AWS, IBM launch programs to encourage developers solving COVID-19 problems

As society comes to grips with the growing worldwide crisis related to the COVID-19 virus, many companies are stepping up in different ways. Today, two major tech companies — Amazon and IBM — each announced programs to encourage developers find solutions to a variety of problems related to the pandemic. For starters, AWS, Amazon’s cloud arm, announced the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative. It has set aside $20 million, which it will distribute in the form of AWS credits and technical s...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Aws, Ibm, Amazon Web Services AWS, AWS Amazon, Teresa Carlson, COVID-19, COVID, Better diagnostics


Even in the age of COVID-19, you need to stay focused on the customer

It’s easy to think, as we find ourselves in the midst of a truly unprecedented situation, that the rules of building a successful business have suddenly changed. While the world may be topsy-turvy at the moment, keeping your customer at the center of your business strategy is more important than ever. That means finding creative ways to engage with your customers and thinking deeply about what they need as the world changes before our eyes. As a small example on a local level, Pandemonium Books ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Enterprise, Boston, Tech, Customer Experience, Salesforce, Jeff Bezos, Marc Benioff, Bezos, Cambridge Massachusetts, Clayton Christensen, Benioff, MIT Sloan Management Review, COVID-19


Storj brings low-cost decentralized cloud storage to the enterprise

Storj, a startup that developed a low-cost, decentralized cloud storage solution, announced a new version today called Tardigrade Decentralized Cloud Storage Service. The new service comes with an enterprise service level agreement (SLA) that promises 99.9999999% file durability and over 99.95 percent availability, which it claims is on par with Amazon S3. The company has come up with an unusual system to store files safely, taking advantage of excess storage capacity around the world. They are ...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Storage, Enterprise, Cloud Storage, Tech, Airbnb, Sla, Ben Golub, Amazon S3, Golub, Storj, Distributed Storage, Storj Executive


Big opening for startups that help move entrenched on-prem workloads to the cloud

AWS CEO Andy Jassy showed signs of frustration at his AWS re:Invent keynote address in December. Customers weren’t moving to the cloud nearly fast enough for his taste, and he prodded them to move along. Some of their hesitation, as Jassy pointed out, was due to institutional inertia, but some of it also was due to a technology problem related to getting entrenched, on-prem workloads to the cloud. When a challenge of this magnitude presents itself and you have the head of the world’s largest clo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Deloitte, Accenture, Growth, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Migration, Andy Jassy, Google Cloud, Jassy, Extra Crunch, Model9, Datometry



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