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Learning IoT in Emerging Markets What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business. Speaker Bio Carmen Feliciano is a Principal at AMDG. She is a venture advisor and investor focused on connecting US and emerging markets and start-up eco-system players. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate there will be... (more)

Facebook valued Twitter at $500m

Story this morning in the FT that Facebook reportedly valued Twitter at $500m in its own FB stock. The leak is speculated (by the FT?) to be a negotiation tactic by Twitter to get "other bidders to the table". Ah deal-drama, my favorite. From FB's point of view it makes a lot of sense to get twitter in their social network. Far more people use FB than use Twitter. And as a side note FB does monetize its viewers. For the younger generation FB offers pictures of you and your friends. For the older generation a way to stay in touch. Many of my friends use twitter and seem to like i... (more)

Hadoop Company Closes Series B Funding

Cloudera, the commercial Hadoop company, announced that it has secured a Series B venture capital funding round led by Greylock Partners, bringing its total funding to date to more than $11 million. Aneel Bhusri, Partner at Greylock, has joined Cloudera's Board of Directors. Existing investor Accel Partners, which led the Series A round, also participated in the round. With proven investments such as Red Hat and WorkDay, Greylock Partners brings deep expertise and operational experience in enterprise software, particularly in data management. "Cloudera is uniquely positioned to t... (more)

Box.net Gets Another $48M to Jingle in Its Jeans

Box.net, the cloud-based content management company that's seen $29.5 million in VC funding since it was started in a dorm room in 2005 by a couple of soon-to-be college dropouts - well, $14.5 million if you don't count Mark Cuban's angel capital - has gotten another $38 million in equity financing plus $10 million in debt financing. The handsome D round came from Meritech Capital Partner, new investors Andreessen Horowitz and Emergence Capital Partners and existing ones Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Scale Venture Partners and US Venture Partners. The debt financing is coming from He... (more)

Cloud9 IDE Raises $5.5M from Accel Partners and Atlassian Software

Cloud9 IDE, Inc., a cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for web and mobile apps, has announced that it has raised $5.5 million in a series A funding from Accel Partners and Atlassian Software. The company will employ the funds to consolidate its leadership in the emerging cloud-based Development as a Service (DaaS) segment of the $8B application development market. Cloud9 has already met several important milestones through self-funding and previous angel investments. The new funds will accelerate support for multiple languages, platforms, and cloud/mobile SDKs.... (more)

UK Cloud Services Start-Up Kicks Offs on $94 Million

London start-up Six Degrees Group kicked off Monday with nearly $94 million in its pocket, a staff of close to 100 people, claims of over 1,200 business customers and designs on some of Amazon and Apple's business. The 60 million quid comes from private equity firm Penta Capital, which scored a 70% return in 12 months on Six Degrees CEO Alastair Mills' last start-up SpiriTel and evidently expects lightning to strike twice. The managed data services house, targeted at the mid-market, says it's developed a cloud-based voice business continuity and disaster recovery solution called ... (more)