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25 cool cloud, security & mobile startups to watch

Bob Brown | May 21, 2014
There's no scientific formula behind this list: It's just a bunch of new-ish, mainly enterprise-focused computing and networking companies that have launched, received fresh funding of late or otherwise popped onto my radar screen.

*Capillary Technologies: This Bangladore-based company has pocketed $20 million in funding to back its social customer relationship management offerings. The latest funding from American Express Ventures will help Capillary expand its SaaS-based service to the United States and other markets.

*Tiny Speck: From the ashes of Flickr (now part of Yahoo) comes this San Francisco startup that launched in February an iOS and Android collaboration tool called Slack that mixes in your emails, social media, documents from Dropbox, etc., and makes it all easily searchable in the name of better workplace productivity.

*Tintri: This startup, formed by ex-VMware and Sun execs, has been around since 2011. Over that span the application-aware storage vendor has raised $135 million, including a fresh $75 million infusion in February, which the company says puts it on track to file an IPO down the road. Last fall, Tintri expanded its line of virtual machine-based storage products with offerings that can support tens of thousands of VMs

*FireLayers: The co-founders, who previously started up a remote support company called SupportSpace, now have secure and compliant cloud app usage on their minds. FireLayers emerged from stealth mode in February, and has headquarters in San Francisco and Israel, where many a security company has been born.

*Outernet: The non-profit Media Development Investment Fund of New York is raising millions of dollars to support its plan to offer free WiFi- and satellite-based broadband Internet access around the world. Big carriers will no doubt have a few things to say about this plan if the outfit does get the funds it needs to launch its tiny CubeSats. One-way datacasting could begin as soon as 2015 if Outernet's plan "It's the modern version of shortwave radio, or BitTorrent from space" — pans out.

*Samba: This mobile app lets you share video and then capture the reaction of the people who view it on video. It's a bit creepy, but could be fun. The app, which won a prize for best social app at the big South by Southwest event this year, debuted on iOS devices but an Android version is in the works. It emerged just after Facebook forked over $19 billion for another social messaging app, WhatsApp. Samba comes from a team based in Israel.

*Acompli: This iOS email app (Android version in the works) promises to deal with email overload for business professionals, and early reviews are very good. It works with Gmail and Exchange accounts, enabling you to consolidate your messages and handle them swiftly while on the go. Acompli, which bagged $7.3 million in funding earlier this year, was started by three ex-VMware employees.


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