There are a number of interesting tidbits floating around the web this morning. Among the best:The VAR Guy compares Google's impressive growth against Microsoft's and comes to this conclusion: "[S]orry, Microsoft bashers: The software giant isn't collapsing." Potty. Flock raised another $15 million in a Series D round. Why is anyone still funding this paltry Firefox feature? Flock claims that it gets paid for search placement, but given its niche following, who cares? The Guardian spoke with Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth about a wide range of things, from how he hires to the changing desktop market. On this latter point, Mark said, "[P]eople are increasingly defining the desktop as the thing that they get access to the internet from. In that case, there's a real possibility that we're able to shift people onto different platforms." Like Ubuntu, of course.… Read more
I just spotted DataSync's news that it now offers full Blackberry BES sync support for Zimbra and SugarCRM. I no longer use a Blackberry, but for those enterprises (like mine) that use SugarCRM and Zimbra, this will no doubt be a big benefit.
For those who have been frustrated by NotifyLink (Hear! Hear!), the product is still in beta but promises to be better than the mostly lame NotifyLink service:
Zimbra is currently in "beta" BlackBerry support mode, however we have had a very solid response over the past 30 days in our test environment. We've decided to offer this service commercially because of the overall stability of the system.… Read more
On days when your belief in open source may wane, things like British Telecom's (BT) news that it will be distributing SugarCRM Professional and Enterprise editions to its 1.2 million business customers will replenish that belief. And then some.
And lest we forget, it's also a big upfront revenue opportunity for SugarCRM. I'm not privy to the deal, but I know from having done deals like this at Alfresco that the numbers often exceed $1 million. This is particularly rich when it likely comes at the expense of Siebel, which used to be BT's CRM provider of choice. … Read more
The news is a month old, but if you're like me this little gem slipped by you. Tara Spalding, one of SugarCRM's first employees and former vice president of Corporate Marketing for SugarCRM, has joined Groundwork as vice president of Marketing.
Tara has long been one of my favorite people in open source. She's bright, enthusiastic, and humble in her success. I caught up with her tonight while she was riding the train home and I was screaming for my daughter, Scout, to "SHOOT!" (Some things are even more important than open source. :-)
Tara … Read more
SugarCRM's John Roberts is on the lookout for a recession, but doesn't see it anywhere within the company's growth trajectory. The company employs more than 150 people today and plans to double its size (revenue and headcount) within the next year.
Recession? Not in SugarCRM's world.
I've worked with John for three years now. He's always impressed me with his appreciation of the power of open source. But John takes this further, marrying open source with Software as a Service, and happily benefiting from both. With over 125 integration partners deploying SugarCRM on-site and in a SaaS model, theoretically SugarCRM's partners could be its biggest threat. But John isn't worried:… Read more
SugarCRM has landed a $20 million venture investment round, designed to boost international expansion by the maker of open-source customer relationship management software, the company said Thursday.
Taking the lead on the funding was New Enterprise Associates, with existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Walden International joining in. That brings SugarCRM's total funding to $46 million.
The company plans to use the funds for not only research and development, but also increasing its global footprint--particularly in Europe and Asia.
SugarCRM, founded in 2004, released its Sugar 5.0 software in December. To date, the company has racked up over … Read more
I found Fortune's article on the top IPOs to watch for in 2008 to be fascinating, but Matthew Aslett's analysis even better. The shocking thing in Fortune's article is that open source or open-source related companies account for four of the five listed.
It's nothing less than shocking.
It means that for all the bluster of open source being inimical to profit, the inverse is true. Giving one's product away to achieve abundance/ubiquity turns out to be a winning business model. For example, my Alfresco sales team is now routinely closing six-figure deals...over email and the phone...with less than five years of sales experience (and often much less). The seven-figure deals still often require a visit. But the cost of sale is still anemic compared to the proprietary world.… Read more
The news is that SugarCRM is $14.5 million of the way toward a $20 million Series D round of funding. But the real question is, "Why?"
Sugar is reportedly running cashflow positive on a solid revenue trajectory. While I don't have inside information and wouldn't comment on most of the company's operations, I can say that SugarCRM is doing very well and increasingly seeing major customers walk in the door.… Read more
I rarely like top-10 lists, because they usually are engineered by PR firms, not real analysis. The VAR Guy, however, has a list that seems fairly well-grounded in reality (though I think he missed some obvious ones like Alfresco and MuleSource, but then I'm biased).
A few things he gets wrong, like that MySQL customers "CraigsList, Google, TicketMaster, Yahoo" are customers "to die for." This may be true, but not in the way he thinks. This sort of company doesn't pay money for software (and doesn't contribute back code, usually). They tend to … Read more
Roberto Galoppini has declared the end to the "badgeware" debate but also potentially stirred it up again by noting that SugarCRM is using GPLv3 to insist that its logo be displayed by its SugarCRM Community users. SugarCRM is clearly within the bounds of GPLv3 by following its allowance for:b) Requiring preservation of specified reasonable legal notices or author attributions in that material or in the Appropriate Legal Notices displayed by works containing it;
In response, Roberto suggests:...[I]t is now clear that SugarCRM and SugarCRM?s VCs do still care a lot about brand protection.… Read more