Startups - Infoworld en 10 big data startups to watch <p>The Big Data space is heating up to the point that many pundits already see it as the over-hyped heir to "cloud." The hype may be a bit much, but Big Data is already living up to its potential, transforming entire business lines, such as marketing, pharmaceutical research, and cyber-security.</p> <p>While the space is still fairly new, IDC, for one, sees big things ahead. The research firm predicts that the market for Big Data technologies will reach $32.4 billion by 2017, or about six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market.</p> Big Data Business Intelligence Big Data Data Mining Startups Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:46:47 +0000 admin 240414 at Canonical and Secret: The dot-com bubble springs two slow leaks <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Canonical and Secret: The dot-com bubble springs two slow leaks" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: brokenchopstick/Flicker</p></em></div> Applications Application Development Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Ubuntu Cringely Application Development Startups Open Source Software Social Networking Cloud Computing Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239744 at Encrypted email startup adds Office 365 compatibility <p><a href="" target="_blank">Virtru</a> has added Microsoft's Office 365 and Outlook Desktop services to its list of compatible email platforms for its encryption product.</p> <p>The company, based in Washington, D.C. and <a href="" target="_blank">launched in January</a>, is targeting people using major email providers who are interested in stronger privacy controls for more secure communication.</p> Security Email Software Encryption Startups Web Services Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:33:44 +0000 admin 238931 at Eight eye-openers from's annual report <p>Last week, reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, <a href="">announcing a major bump</a> in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.</p> Applications Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Application Testing SaaS Startups Applications Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:10:27 +0000 admin 237984 at Yahoo acquires social data visualization startup Vizify <p>Yahoo has acquired Vizify, a company that turns social media data into interactive visual aids such as infographics and videos, adding to the Internet giant's string of acquisitions designed both to get talent and access to new technologies and services.</p> <p>In this instance, Vizify in Portland, Oregon, will be closing down the service and refunding its paid customers. From Wednesday, Vizify will not be accepting new users, the startup wrote on its <a href="">website</a>.</p> Business Intelligence The Industry Standard Yahoo Data Visualization M&A Startups Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:41:43 +0000 admin 237825 at Ex-Microsoft architect's startup focuses on SaaS integration <p>A former Microsoft architect has founded a startup called Azuqua aimed at tackling the problem of joining together and automating business processes from multiple SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.</p> <p>The proliferation of SaaS and the "API [application programming interface] economy," provides a vast opportunity for a service that can easily pull together processes from multiple applications to serve various scenarios, CEO Nikhil Hasija said in an interview prior to Tuesday's launch of the company's platform.</p> Applications Application Development Cloud Computing Business Process Management Enterprise Application Integration SaaS Startups Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:50:53 +0000 admin 237107 at Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andrew Feinberg</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Cringely M&A Startups Social Networking Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236799 at With $16B WhatsApp deal, Facebook aims for immediacy <p>When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.</p><p>On Wednesday the company said it was <a href="" target="_blank">acquiring WhatsApp</a>, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&amp;T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying $16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Startups Social Networking Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:56:10 +0000 ccraig 236730 at Founders of security startup SlickLogin join Google <p>The team at SlickLogin, a company working on technology for online authentication using sounds from a mobile phone, said it has joined Google.</p> Security Google Authentication M&A Startups Mobile Security Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:58:27 +0000 admin 236474 at Dot-bomb redux? The truth about 1999 vs. now <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Dot-bomb redux? 1999 vs. now" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Dio5050</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Application Development SaaS Startups Open Source Software Cloud Computing Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 236461 at Open source startups: Don't try to be Red Hat <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Open source startups: Don't try to be Red Hat" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If you were a VC, you'd be looking for a way to turn your millions into billions. If you had only ever made money by betting on proprietary corporations, you would probably conclude that open source was a poor way to win big.</p> Open Source Software The Industry Standard Red Hat IT Strategy Startups Open Source Software Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Simon Phipps 236385 at LinkedIn buys Bright, a matchmaker for job hunts <p>LinkedIn is acquiring Bright, a startup that has developed a search technology for better matching job hunters with employers that could help to drive more users to LinkedIn's site.</p> <p>LinkedIn <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> Thursday that it would be acquiring the young company, which launched its service three years ago. Bright's technology is built around a scoring mechanism to quickly show job seekers and employers how well-matched they are.</p> The Industry Standard IT Jobs M&A Startups Web Services Social Networking Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:16:57 +0000 admin 235906 at ThoughtSpot promises Google-like BI experience <p>Two items on BI (business intelligence) customers' wish lists have long been ease of use and a lower burden on IT. A startup called ThoughtSpot says its new BI appliance can tackle both.</p> <p>ThoughtSpot has developed an in-memory database for the appliance. This allows information to be held in RAM for faster processing of queries, which users enter in natural language through a Google-like form.</p> Business Intelligence Data Mining Startups Applications Business Intelligence Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:33:41 +0000 admin 235753 at Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store <p>If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) implementations to cloud-based services. Here's a look at what some of the sector's main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.</p> Applications Startups Applications Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 233432 at Big brains, small minds: The troubling vision of Silicon Valley's elites <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Big brains, small minds: The troubling vision of Silicon Valley's elites" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Sergey Novikov</p></em></div> Cringely Startups Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 233510 at Evernote promises to fix bugs after writer's detailed critique <p>Evernote plans to fix bugs and improve the quality of its note-taking and recording applications, following a critique that its software suffers from too many bugs.</p><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">"Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant,"</a> Jason Kincaid, who worked at TechCrunch until 2012, described a corrupted audio recording, syncing issues, faulty browser extensions and slow customer support from Evernote.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Collaboration Software Mobile Apps Startups Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:07:20 +0000 ccraig 233479 at Global IT spending outlook 'better but subpar' for 2014, Forrester says <p>Global spending on technology will rise 6.2 percent in U.S. dollars to $2.22 trillion in 2014, helped by an improving economy and growing interest in areas such as mobility and cloud computing, according to new data from Forrester Research.</p> The Industry Standard IT Management IT Strategy Startups Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:41:14 +0000 admin 233308 at Sharing startups struck it big and struck out in 2013 <p>The sharing economy is a catch-all term that describes the companies who use technology to let people pool their goods or offer services instead of buying more stuff -- everything from cars and apartments to books and music. The age of accumulating all the things is over, and 2013 marked a significant shift toward sharing.</p> The Industry Standard Collaboration Software Mobile Apps Startups Social Networking Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:29:46 +0000 admin 233223 at Could Bitcoin's frothy venture funding dry up? <p>Bitcoin: What is it, really? A digital currency? An investment? An <a href="" target="_blank">Xbox game</a>? For many people it's not clear, but that hasn't stopped venture capitalists from going gaga over it.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Startups Web Services Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:32:58 +0000 admin 233083 at 4 ideas to steal from IT upstarts <p>As a high-tech startup, <a href="" target="_blank">MongoDB</a> gave no real thought to IT as it was getting off the ground.</p> IT Management Startups Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:24:52 +0000 admin 232548 at