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Recent articles by Ron:

Xerox drops $34B HP take-over 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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is IT’s big moment –

In recent weeks, millions have started working from home, putting unheard-of pressure on services like video conferencing, online learning, food delivery and e-commerce platforms. While some verticals have seen a marked reduction in traffic, others are being asked to scale to new heights. Services that were previously nice to have are now necessities, but how […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, outlined an 8-step plan to keep people safe, find treatments and a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, 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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

SendBird adds voice and video to popular chat API –

SendBird has built a highly successful business with a chat API, but the company never intended to stop there, and today it announced it was adding voice and video capabilities to its communications platform. “We’re creating more of an interaction platform to allow not just text messaging, but also voice calling and video recording capabilities […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

GitLab offers key lessons in running an all-remote workforce in new e-book –

As companies that used to having workers in the same building struggle to find ways to work from home, one company that has been remote from Day One is GitLab . It recently published a handbook to help other companies who are facing the work-from-home challenge for the first time. Lest you think GitLab is […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More

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 […] → Read More