Global Sky is a Philippines-based call center that handles inbound, outbound, and back-office support functions. It aims to be a “branch office” for entrepreneurs, a place where they can outsource all non-core functions. >>>
Zayo Group provides bandwidth infrastructure and neutral colocation solutions to wireless providers, carriers, enterprises, and other large consumers of bandwidth. Bandwidth is critical for these organizations to remain competitive and serve their customers, whose ever-increasing appetite for data-intensive devices and applications strains networks, prompting Time magazine to call bandwidth the new “black gold.” >>>
By Sramana Mitra and Melanie Blake
Deal Radar ends 2010 with a company that has made as many headlines this year as it has dollars – Groupon. Just a few weeks after turning down a $6 billion offer from Google, Groupon plans to raise $1 billion in private funds. First reported on VC Experts and a big story on TechCrunch today, Groupon has filed to authorize the sale of $950 million Series G preferred stock – 30 million shares at $31.59 a share, and its valuation is now $4.75 million. The company has already raised about $170 million in previous rounds from NEA, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, and Digital Sky. The New York Times DealBook says that Groupon’s revenue’s may be $1 billion, making it, says Forbes, the “fastest-growing company ever.” TechCrunch called Groupon “the future of commerce,” others characterize it as a “one-trick pony” that’s been overhyped. Numbers, superlatives, and media attention aside, there is no doubt that Groupon is popular. Consumers of varying demographics love it. But will it last? >>>
As Deal Radar draws to a close for 2010, it’s fitting that one of final companies to be covered has its finger on the pulse of many of the decade’s important tech trends. AppMakr.com is a “no coding” platform that enables non-developers to create iPhone (and soon Android and Windows) mobile apps for their brands, large or small. >>>
The launch of Groupon just over two years ago sparked a remarkable, if sometimes overhyped, trend for group buying. Now, even companies such as Yahoo! want some of the action. What’s more, the group-buying model is changing and evolving as players such as Deal Current become part of the mix. Deal Current is a white-label platform for media companies to manage daily deal advertising on behalf of brands, assuming the management of deals for clients and making it easier for them to establish a social commerce presence. >>>
Whether they are presented as generally satisfied and happy (for example, June Cleaver in the early sitcom Leave It to Beaver) or as wanting something more (Betty Parker in the 1998 movie Pleasantville or Betty Draper in the AMC series Mad Men), the stereotypical image of a 1950s and early 1960s woman, often a housewife, has such a strong hold on the popular imagination that it’s easy to forget the actual picture is more complicated. Readers may be surprised to learn that what is considered one of the earliest business magazines for women was founded in the 1930s. Charm began as a fashion magazine but by the 1940s bore the subtitles “the magazine for the business girl” and “for women who work.” With the rise of popular magazines and later of the Internet and digital media, the number of career resources for working women and women entrepreneurs has only increased. One such resource is PINK, a multimedia Internet company that aims to help women be more successful in their careers and in their lives generally. >>>
Today Deal Radar goes deep into the IT machine to discuss an often overlooked topic: privileged accounts. Many readers will remember the highly publicized hacking of Google last January, which is again in the news following the release of the U.S. diplomatic cables. Let’s take a step back, says BeyondTrust, which creates products for privileged identity management. According to BeyondTrust, “the website that the user in China visited installed malware on the desktop that gave hackers enough access to the desktop to worm their way into Google’s Gaia single sign-on system. While the public would blame the hackers, or the misled user in China, if the user did not have administrative privileges on his or her desktop, giving them the rights to install software or change settings, the breach would have never occurred.” >>>
Deal Radar’s NASSCOM 2010 Emerge 50 coverage continues with Smart Guard Systems, an Ahmedabad, India–based company that has developed high-definition Internet protocol (IP) surveillance cameras with triple codecs (devices or programs capable of coding and decoding digital streams or signals) using H.264, MPEG4, and MJPEG technologies. It is the subsidiary of eInfochips Ltd, which provides IP-driven design services.
Digital media company SaleSpider owns a 720,000-member social network for small and medium businesses (SMBs) accessed through the site, Facebook, and a mobile app, and an ad network for branding and direct response campaigns. The company focuses on helping small business owners make new contacts, maintain their networks, and find sales leads – a rapidly changing process that we discussed recently in a Sales 2.0 interview with HubSpot’s Mark Roberge. >>>
While it may not be practical for most companies to shift entirely to smartphones run their business, the improvements in smartphones and apps over the past few years has been only good news for companies such as Quickoffice, a maker of mobile and productivity products and services. Pre-installed on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and also available direct-to-consumer, Quickoffice allows users to view, create, and edit Microsoft Office files and provides seamless remote access to user content stored in the cloud or on other devices. >>>
Liferay is the creator of Liferay Portal, an enterprise Web platform for that includes packaged applications and an enterprise application framework in a single solution. The portal’s capabilities include a variety of business solutions, such as content and document management with Microsoft Office integration, Web publishing and shared workspaces, enterprise collaboration, social networking and mash-ups, and enterprise portals and identity management, among others. >>>
Automation Anywhere makes intelligent software to automate business and IT processes ranging from network automation to Web data extraction to application integration. The company competes in a mature market, yet one that is still vital owing to the popularity of what Gartner calls “'[business process analysis] for the masses’ […] embedding BPA into the everyday organization” and the “increased use of automated and nonautomated “’as-is’ process discovery and cloud-based modeling to improve communication and collaboration.” >>>
As we saw in the recent Tech Stocks post on Amazon and eBay, retail analysts expect e-commerce to increase at a much higher rate than traditional sales this November and December. Social commerce is still small: blogs and social networking sites are the first step in the shopping process for just 3% of customers. But companies such as ShopIgniter, the creator of a social commerce suite called sCommerce, believe that this number will only grow and that the 2010 holiday season will be a defining period for the blending of e-commerce and social networking.
Coverage of NASSCOM’s 2010 Emerge 50 continues with Online Recharge Service Private Limited, through its www.RechargeitNow.com is a multioperator Web-based instant pre-paid recharge station. It specializes in delivering next-generation online prepaid recharges in India. >>>
PAC Labs creates solutions to help employers the best technology talent anywhere in the world. The company’s flagship product is GILD, a tool that PAC Labs describes as “where social gaming meets career advancement.” >>>