Socialware Partners with LiveOffice

LiveOffice, the number-one provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) email archiving, email compliance and email continuity solutions and Socialware, the leader in helping companies manage, embrace and leverage public social networks, today announced a partnership. Together the companies will provide LiveOffice users with the ability to pre-review and route social networking activity through their existing compliance workflow within LiveOffice AdvisorMail, while automating social media policy throughout the entire organization. The new offering will integrate Socialware’s policy enforcement, capture, moderation and analytics capabilities for third-party networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with the sophisticated archiving and compliance features of AdvisorMail.

“Recent guidance from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-06) has made pre-review and archiving of social media content a hot topic at this year’s financial industry events and gatherings,” said Matt Smith, chief operating officer of LiveOffice. “We are excited to be partnering with Socialware to deliver the most comprehensive social media archiving and compliance platform available today to our user base of financial services professionals and organizations across the nation.”

Powered by Socialware’s Compass solution, the new integrated offering for users includes social media archiving, pre-review and policy automation functionality that seamlessly integrates with AdvsiorMail so that financial services firms operate efficiently and in compliance with SEC and FINRA regulations. With these enhanced features, firms can more easily navigate the record-keeping, suitability and supervision challenges associated with social media.

“Social networks are becoming as ubiquitous as email in the world of corporate communications and in doing so have created unique challenges, as companies struggle to adopt a framework for efficient and complaint usage,” said Chad Bockius, CEO of Socialware. “We are excited to partner with a company of LiveOffice’s caliber and bring our combined expertise to customers looking to take advantage of the opportunities that social networking can offer while eliminating the guess work and compliance headaches.”

Socialware Partners with LiveOffice

Spreadsy Partners with Do512 and Plans Dallas Launch

Rapidly growing social commerce startup Spreadsy today announced the success of its official launch in Austin, TX and partnership with the most popular local website in Austin, Do512.

Like other websites in the quickly expanding “group buying” space, Spreadsy offers consumers significantly discounted daily deals from popular local businesses such as restaurants, spas, and fitness clubs. However, Spreadsy does one better: it marries the proven model of “group buying” with the concept of social commerce by providing a means by which Spreadsy users can procure each daily deal for free simply by “spreading” the deal to other people, such as their own Facebook or Twitter followers. When three people purchase the daily deal from a particular Spreadsy user’s link, that user gets the daily deal for free.

The innovation has proven to be quite successful: Spreadsy has more than quadrupled its daily traffic within one month as more and more users join and “spread” the daily deals to other users in order to receive that deal for free. Furthermore, because the unique “spreading” technology creates a powerful viral and virtual word of mouth effect, it has driven significant increases in both online traffic and physical traffic to the featured businesses’ websites and locations. CEO and Co-Founder, David Matthews, explains, “The idea behind Spreadsy was to create a new kind of word of mouth network that rewards users simply by sharing and more importantly benefits local businesses who are struggling to find direct channels to their target customers.”

Spreadsy’s unique business model has been a powerful attractor for new web-based partners as well. In early June, Spreadsy partnered with the most popular local website in Austin TX, Do512. The “what to do in Austin” website, which boasts a huge daily readership in the Austin area, has agreed to post Spreadsy’s daily deals on its website. In addition, Do512.com will occasionally include Spreadsy deals into communications with their readership. Marketing Director Bradley Markham says, “We are very happy to enter into a partnership with a website as well-respected as Do512.com. Not only does the partnership extend our reach into the Austin community, where we are founded, but it introduces Do512 users to a unique way that they can get great local deals for free. It’s a partnership that benefits everyone involved, from Spreadsy, to Do512, to local businesses and Austinites.”

Spreadsy’s successful Austin launch has paved the way for its expansion into other cities as well. Next month, Spreadsy intends to extend its reach to Dallas, TX. Says VP of Sales and Operations, Mike Gagne, “We are extremely excited to open the Spreadsy platform to Dallas and we are working to put together the most incredible daily deals for Dallas-based consumers from quality Dallas businesses… Our proven model means that local businesses and patrons in all cities can benefit from Spready’s unique social commerce platform.”

Spreadsy Partners with Do512 and Plans Dallas Launch

uShip Acquires UK Courier Exchange boxby.co.uk

uShip, the global online transport marketplace, today announced the acquisition of boxby.co.uk, the UK’s first web site to offer a transport exchange for couriers. The transaction provides UK house removal firms and eBay couriers access to more delivery jobs, helping them run full and more efficiently as they battle rising fuels costs and VAT increases.

The http://boxby.co.uk site will remain active throughout the incorporation of key uShip processes and functionality. Boxby co-founder Sandra Patterson will serve as a uShip consultant.

“Boxby has done an outstanding job organically establishing itself within a competitive UK courier services market,” said Matt Chasen, CEO and founder uShip. “Acquiring Boxby directly supports uShip’s current global expansion by helping to build on our already explosive UK growth, which has jumped 300 percent since last year.”

Ayrshire, Scotland-based Boxby and uShip operate similar and complementary businesses: each matches customers’ deliveries with extra space in transporters’ vans, resulting in fewer empty lorries on the road and more affordable delivery costs. Research shows a quarter to half of UK lorries operate virtually empty, while using uShip saves customers an average of 40-50 percent.

Sandra and Alistair Patterson started Boxby in 2007 after operating the online Lochryan Furniture Store for 20 years. By selling items through their website and eBay, they found that in nearly all cases, items sold were too large, too valuable or too heavy to post. Seeing the need, they created the Boxby delivery business. Today, over 2,500 couriers are registered on Boxby.

uShip Acquires UK Courier Exchange boxby.co.uk

IBM Acquires Coremetrics

Founded in Austin in 1999, Coremetrics is known as one of the high-end providers of web analytics, competing with Omniture and Webtrends. Today it was announced that IBM is acquiring the company for an undisclosed sum. Over the years the company has attracted around $167M in venture funding from such organizations as Highland Capital Partners and Accel Partners. After Bazaarvoice CEO Brett Hurt left Coremetrics the company relocated its headquarters to the bay area, but it still maintains an engineering presence in Austin.

From the press release:

Today Coremetrics delivers web analytics capabilities to more than 2,100 global brands across a wide range of industries including retail, financial services, media and publishing, travel and hospitality and education.  Customers include Bank of America, Holiday Inn, PETCO, 1-800 Flowers, Office Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Seton Hall University.

Coremetrics’ offerings enable more effective marketing campaigns that can provide real-time intelligence on what consumers are saying about products and services being offered to them, and allow clients to make fact-based, accurate decisions on marketing expenditures. As a result, marketing teams can gain deeper insight about their consumers and present personalized recommendations, promotions and other sales incentives across a variety of channels where the consumers interact with their brand. These channels span traditional outlets such as storefronts and catalogs and newer outlets including all forms of eCommerce and social media.

Coremetrics’ offerings are a new addition to IBM’s business analytics portfolio. By acquiring Coremetrics, IBM will be able to deliver powerful new business analytics solutions, with the web analytics capabilities clients need to help measure the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns and understand the shopping habits, likes and dislikes of their customers. In addition, Coremetrics software complements IBM’s existing software and services portfolio of offerings from WebSphere, information management and business analytics and optimization.  Upon closing, the company will become part of IBM’s application and integration middleware portfolio which provides the backbone of transaction processing on the Web and powers many of the world’s leading retail sites. Through Coremetrics, IBM is gaining the ability to help businesses empower their marketing professionals to automate and optimize their marketing processes to create the greatest possible return on their marketing expenditures.

“With this acquisition, we are extending our capabilities to give clients greater insight about customer behavior and sentiment about products and services, and give true foresight into their future buying patterns,” said Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM WebSphere. “Marketing departments can benefit from these capabilities very quickly because we are delivering this in a Software-as-a-Service model. The combination of IBM and Coremetrics will maximize marketing expenditures and also make the buying experience more convenient, personal and interactive for consumers.”

“Marketers increasingly need the ability to see across their organizations and the agility to make split-second decisions based on real-time data,” said Joe Davis, CEO, Coremetrics. “The combination of Coremetrics and IBM will deliver deeper business insights to address the real challenges and opportunities all companies face in an increasingly digital world.”

IBM Acquires Coremetrics

Savara Receives $1.9M in ETF Funding

Savara, Inc., an inhalation drug delivery company, today announced that it has been chosen by the state of Texas as the recipient of a commercialization award funded through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). The company, which produces novel respiratory therapeutics, will receive a $1.9 million award for the commercialization of its products.

“Savara’s dry-powder technology holds great potential for treating asthma, lung cancer, and other lung-based diseases,” said Jack McDonald Chairman of Perficient, Inc. and Chairman of the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC). “This investment by the ETF will not only help grow our biotech industry in Central Texas but may result in new therapies that save lives.”

Savara is an inhalation drug development company developing next-generation respiratory therapeutics utilizing its proprietary NanoCluster dry-powder formulation technology. NanoCluster’s unique features can produce numerous patient benefits including reduced dosage, enhanced efficacy, improved safety and increased tolerability, as well as greater patient convenience.

“Texas is a leader in cutting-edge biotechnologies thanks to investments from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund that have attracted companies and top researchers to our state,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “Savara’s technology will help identify and treat lung cancer more quickly and efficiently, saving lives and bringing us one step closer to eliminating this deadly disease.”

This award will be used to advance the development of Savara’s lead project towards Investigational New Drug (IND) approval.

“We are very excited and honored to have been named a Texas Emerging Technology Fund recipient,” said Rob Neville, CEO of Savara, Inc. “This milestone is important to Savara as we are now able to progress our lead therapy into the clinic.”

Savara, Inc. was selected by the ETF after an extensive due diligence process based on multiple criteria including a stringent analyses of the market and financial opportunity, technology potential, management team and economic impact to Texas.

Savara Receives $1.9M in ETF Funding

Digby Adds Four Executives

Digby, the leader in mobile commerce solutions specifically designed for retailers, today announced the addition of four key executives including Ron Jennings, Chief Financial Officer; Eric Newman, Vice President of Client Services; Dan Lowden, Vice President of Marketing; and Curtis Hill, Vice President of Engineering.

The new executives will support Digby’s rapid growth and recent customer expansions and wins including 1-800-Flowers, Wet Seal, Arandell and SkyMall. According to forecasts from Coda Research Consultancy, U.S. mobile commerce sales hit $1.20 billion in 2009 and will grow to $2.42 billion this year and $23.83 billion in 2015.

“Digby is poised for tremendous growth as retailers look to mobile commerce as a strategic channel that offers consumers a rich, engaging shopping experience – anytime, anywhere,” said Dave Sikora, President and CEO of Digby. “Adding these key industry executives to the team and the expansion into our new corporate office are critical to support our growing number of retail partners.”

Ron Jennings joins the company as Chief Financial Officer, bringing to Digby more than 35 years of experience in financial management, operational management, and executive leadership. Prior to joining Digby, Ron served in executive financial positions with QuickArrow, (acquired by NetSuite, Inc.) Object Reservoir, Inc., Browning-Ferris Industries, and Western Geophysical Company. Ron holds a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Eric Newman joins the company as Vice President of Client Services. During his 18+ year career, Eric has built, marketed and delivered world-class software products to companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, the NFL, Circuit City, Kraft, AT&T, British Telecom, NTT and Reuters. He has held key roles in companies including Pluck (now part of Demand Media); Powered, Inc.; Direct Hit (now part of Ask Jeeves); and Question Technologies (now part of Motive Corporation). Eric holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BA degrees in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Cincinnati.

Dan Lowden joins Digby as Vice President of Marketing, responsible for all aspects of the company’s brand strategy and marketing. He brings 15 years of experience in mobile services and mobile devices through his roles at top technology companies including AT&T, where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for their Wi-Fi Services Division; Wayport (acquired by AT&T) where he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development; and IBM, serving as North American ThinkPad Brand Manager and World-Wide ThinkPad Segment Manager. Dan holds an MBA in International Business from Rutgers University and a BS in Finance from Rider University.

Curtis Hill joins Digby as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the company’s engineering functions. Curtis brings over 20 years of deep engineering management experience ranging from large software companies including BMC and Quest, to start-ups and mid-size software companies. Curtis holds a BS in Mathematics from Auburn University.

To accommodate for new executives and increased staff, Digby recently expanded its Austin headquarters to a new, larger corporate office, located at 3801 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Barton Creek Plaza II Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78704.

Digby Adds Four Executives

Spiceworks Reaches 1M Users

Spiceworks today announced that its user base has grown to more than 1 million IT professionals in 196 countries. This milestone makes Spiceworks the fastest growing and most widely used application for managing IT networks in history. In addition, its free ad-supported IT management software and community have evolved into a new type of channel that gives vendors powerful access to research, social media, ads and apps to increase sales of technology products & services.

“More than 20% of the world’s IT pros at small and medium businesses – including law firms, schools, manufacturers, MSPs and more – depend on our free network management software and online community for everything IT,” said Scott Abel, CEO of Spiceworks. “Thanks to the support and dedication of our user community, we’re not only changing how they manage their technology, but also how technology vendors find, connect and market to the hard-to-reach SMB buyer.”

The one million IT professionals using Spiceworks currently support 34 million workers, manage 56 million computers and devices, and spend $173 billion annually on technology products and services. This purchasing power represents more than 10 percent of the global market for IT products and services and is increasing by more than $1.5 billion every week.

The community of Spiceworks users has reviewed more than 20,000 IT products and services and generated more than 330,000 contributions to more than 300 technology, industry and regional discussion groups. Over 200 advertisers, including Microsoft, Rackspace, Symantec and Dell, rely on Spiceworks to research, engage, market and sell their products and services in the SMB market.

“Whether it’s to manage my on-site network or cloud services or to research new products, thanks to Spiceworks I can do it all in one place with insight from one million IT pros,” said Paul Luciano, IT Director of Expand International of America. “My organization also benefits from the direct dialogue with vendors and the discounts I receive on their services due to the buying power of the Spiceworks network. Together, these capabilities make it much easier for me to do my job.”

Spiceworks is enabling ‘Social IT’ by combining network management, network monitoring and help desk software with a rapidly growing and active Facebook-like community of IT professionals. Organizations of all sizes use the free Spiceworks IT management software and integrated online community to collaborate with each other and support the management of their IT networks and services.

Spiceworks Reaches 1M Users

Troux Announces HP Integration

Troux Technologies announced new solutions that integrate with HP Universal Configuration Management Database (HP UCMDB).

IT operations customers spend significant time and money assessing the impact of changes, reacting to unplanned business demands, and responding to business outages. This integration provides greater visibility into the impact of business changes on IT operations while simultaneously enabling IT to make better decisions around optimizing IT spend and reducing operational risk.

The integration with HP UCMDB enables IT operations customers to save costs and identify technology risks. In addition this integration supports improved change management processes by providing enhanced business service context about application ownership and business processes.

By connecting Troux with HP UCMDB, IT operations customers can make quicker, business value-based decisions about everything from disaster recovery to strategic product road maps. These decisions occur as a result of being able to see how business changes and IT operations impact one another. Specifically customers can quickly relate their operational and infrastructure information with details about technology lifecycles, applications, and the business as well as pending projects stored within Troux.

“We are making it easier for IT operations to prioritize their efforts according to business demands, giving them the tools they need to help drive business change,” said Matt Price, vice president, worldwide marketing for Troux Technologies, Inc.

“Customers need to instantly adjust to dynamic business demands,” said Erik Frieberg, vice president, product marketing, Software and Solutions, HP. “The Troux integration with HP UCMDB provides the elasticity customers need to scale their infrastructure up and down as their business demands change.”

Troux Announces HP Integration

LibreDigital announced that it has closed an $8.1 million Series C funding round led by new investor S3 Ventures with participation from existing investors Adams Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company’s other key investors include HarperCollins Publishers, The New York Times Company and Noro-Moseley Partners. The new capital infusion will be used by LibreDigital to expand e-book services for publishers looking to capitalize on the unprecedented demand for e-books, which is being driven by the release of new devices like the Apple iPad. In addition to being a top Apple e-book aggregator, LibreDigital also powers the delivery of content to other digital devices and marketplaces, including Barnes & Noble NOOK, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Google Editions and many more.

“The popularity of the iPad has accelerated the demand for e-books at a much faster pace than many in the industry had previously predicted,” said Brian R. Smith, Managing Director of S3 Ventures. “We’re making this investment to help LibreDigital speed the delivery of products that help the world’s top publishers and e-reader manufacturers bring the highest quality reading experience to digital consumers.”

LibreDigital enables publishers, distributors and device manufacturers to securely market and deliver content across an expanding number of digital channels, including e-readers, tablets, smart phones, social networks and online stores. The company offers solutions designed to deliver digital books, newspapers and magazines in the highest quality format possible.

“This year, sales of e-books are expected to double to more than $700 million in the U.S. alone,” said Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of LibreDigital, Inc. “This funding will be used to accelerate the delivery of e-books, and expand our technology offerings to include new solutions that help publishers better promote and sell books to digital consumers.”

Ember Enables uControl’s Next Generation ZigBee Home Security System

uControl, a leading provider of SMA (Security, Monitoring and Automation) solutions has teamed with Ember to deliver its latest innovation – an entirely new line of wireless ZigBee security sensors which enables Broadband Service Providers to deliver the next generation of services for the Connected Home. The new uControl SMA Platform includes and integrates a wide variety of ZigBee sensors including motion, smoke and glass break detectors, door and window contacts, key fobs, wireless keypads and much more.

uControl’s award winning system pairs its open, technology agnostic software infrastructure with the industry’s only “All-In-One” SMA TouchScreen combining an alarm system, communications gateway and home automation platform into one device. uControl selected Ember’s latest ZigBee chipset, the EM357 ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC), to power its advanced line of sensors and peripherals.

“We believe that home security will be the next big service offering from broadband providers,” said Dennis Natale, Ember’s VP of sales. “ZigBee wireless networks are best suited for this application and enable service providers to establish a deeper presence inside the home.”

You can read the full news release here.

Ember Enables uControl’s Next Generation ZigBee Home Security System