Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

Coca Cola sets new advertisement or promotional name After opening to much fanfare three years ago, Coca-Cola is shutting down The Founders program, according to a published report. Under this program, the company nurtured young startups, hoping to siphon some of that entrepreneurial energy and pass it along to the big lumbering corporation. Over the last several years, companies have recognized the need to innovate, and the larger the… Read More

Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

Coca Cola sets new advertisement or promotional name After opening to much fanfare three years ago, Coca-Cola is shutting down The Founders program, according to a published report. Under this program, the company nurtured young startups, hoping to siphon some of that entrepreneurial energy and pass it along to the big lumbering corporation. Over the last several years, companies have recognized the need to innovate, and the larger the… Read More

How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses

Striped Halftone Pattern Hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases, software development, networking and cloud computing. And many are taking aim at incumbents like Dell, EMC, Oracle and IBM. But will these new companies ever be as valuable as those big names? Read More

The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street

Satya Nadella Almost three years ago, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its CEO. Since then, Microsoft has reversed its fortunes and returned to being a growth stock after stagnating for nearly a decade — and 2016 was not an exception to that. Indeed, as Microsoft continued its transition to cloud-based services and adopting multiple platforms, as well as taking big bets like buying LinkedIn for… Read More

Volvo integrates Skype for Business in its 90 series vehicles

skype-car-compressor What do you do when your love of driving conflicts with your deep and abiding love of conference calls? That’s a question Volvo hopes it can finally answer, with the integration of Skype for Business directly into its 90 series cars, letting drivers see their future meetings, and join via a single button press on the in-car center console infotainment touchscreen. The Skype integration is… Read More

Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software

jens nylander automile Automile, a fleet logistics and management startup, has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by SaaStr with participation from Salesforce Ventures, Niklas Zennstrom, Dawn Capital and Point Nine Capital. Automile provides customers with a box to install under the vehicle’s dashboard to track mileage, trips and provide route tracking. Automile ships its tracking device to customers… Read More

Salesforce asserted itself in 2016

Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc. Salesforce has always liked to think of itself as an industry irritant, the company that was bucking the status quo and making the established players feel uncomfortable. But this year as the cloud mainstreamed and Salesforce took off on a $10 billion run rate, you couldn’t help but feel that after 17 years in business, that Salesforce’s time had finally come. The company went on… Read More

AWS catapulted Amazon into a breakout 2016 on Wall Street

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18:  Jeff Bezos, founder and Chief Executive of Amazon.com and owner of The Washington Post, participates in a conversation during the event "Transformers: Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge," May 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Washington Post hosted the event focusing on "breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, commercial space travel, education and health care."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) You could argue that 2016 was the breakout year for Amazon’s cloud computing service, AWS — and Wall Street knows that an even bigger wave is coming next year.
Amazon’s retail business continues to grow, and chug along, and gobble up share from offline commerce and other companies desperately trying to up their e-commerce game. And that’s all fine and good &#8212… Read More