Bluecore Marketing Automation Tool Secures $21M In Series B Funding

bluecore-logo-large Bluecore, the data marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $21 million Series B round led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors like FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures.
Bluecore offers data-based automation for ecommerce brands, letting them send more powerful emails at the right time to the right consumers to drive higher… Read More

What Makes An Industry Cloud Leader?

industrycloud Over the last several years at Emergence Capital we have seen an exciting new set of companies emerge that offer cloud solutions within a specific industry vertical — collectively known as “industry cloud” companies. The opportunity is enormous. In fact, many people don’t realize that vertical-specific software represented the largest segment of the worldwide… Read More

What Makes An Industry Cloud Leader?

industrycloud Over the last several years at Emergence Capital we have seen an exciting new set of companies emerge that offer cloud solutions within a specific industry vertical — collectively known as “industry cloud” companies. The opportunity is enormous. In fact, many people don’t realize that vertical-specific software represented the largest segment of the worldwide… Read More

Amazon Is Giving Away Unlimited Cloud Storage For $5.00

cloud-drive-devices Amid a slew of deep discounts appearing on the web today as a part of the shopping holiday Black Friday, Amazon has introduced one deal that’s sort of a no brainer. The company is giving away unlimited online storage on its cloud servers for just five dollars. The normal price for this is $60 per year, so this – 92% off – represents a significant savings. The deal is… Read More

Zenefits Under Investigation For Allegedly Allowing Unlicensed Brokers To Sell Health Insurance

zenefits 6 Cloud HR platform Zenefits may have allowed salespeople to illegally act as insurance agents in at least seven states. According to a Buzzfeed investigative report, the startup let unlicensed brokers sell health insurance, leading to at least one commissioner to investigate in Washington state. Those unlicensed solicitations go back to at least the summer of 2014, and the Washington state… Read More

AWS Lamda Makes Serverless Applications A Reality

Drawing of 3 programmers connected to cloud. Most companies today develop applications and deploy them on servers — whether on-premises or in the cloud. That means figuring out how much server, storage and database power they need ahead of time, and deploying all of the hardware and software it takes to run the application. Suppose you didn’t want to deal with all of that and were looking for a new model that handled all of… Read More

Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

15018665331_78cb92ddd9_k Upthere launched their first apps into beta last week, and so far the beta period is off to a good start, the company tells me. No word on how many users have slipped through during the beta, but I’m told that invites are being slowly doled out. Over 3.5 million files have been uploaded to Upthere, which aims to be your personal computer in the cloud. Once your files are there,… Read More

Google Buys Bebop And Names Diane Greene To Lead Enterprise Cloud Effort

Google logo on the wall at their company. In a surprise move today, Google announced it was buying enterprise development platform startup bebop and making its founder, Diane Greene head of Google’s enterprise cloud business. Greene boasts an impressive background as one one of the co-founders and former CEO at VMware. Her company had been operating in stealth up until today’s acquisition. Google made the move official… Read More

Docker Launches New Commercial Service To Help Enterprises Deploy And Manage Their Apps

docker_control_plane Docker announced the Docker Universal Control Plane (UCP) at its developer conference in Barcelona today. The UCP is a new paid service in Docker’s portfolio that is meant to help ops teams easily set up a cluster and enable developers to deploy dockerized apps to it. According to Docker’s VP of product Scott Johnston, there has always been some tension between developers, who… Read More