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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.

*Viddme:No sign-up video posting and sharing app, which works on mobile devices and the desktop. Simpler than YouTube. Development team is out of Los Angeles.

*MemSQL:This Big Data startup formed by a couple of ex-Facebook engineers raised $45 million through January. This database company's technology is designed to run on commodity hardware but handle high-volume apps.

*Docker: This open source application deployment technology has gotten the attention of investors ($15 million in funding in January) and vendors, such as Red Hat. There's even a DockerCon conference in June. 

*Intercom: This social CRM company has rolled up some $30 million in venture funding to support its initiatives. The company is using its funding to boost development of mobile and other features as it goes up against much more established players such as Salesforce.com and Oracle.

*Cotap: CEO Jim Patterson and CTO Zack Parker started up this enterprise-focused mobile messaging company after selling off another business-focused messaging company Yammer to Microsoft. Cotap has rolled up $15.5 million in venture funding and recently released what it's calling a premium services designed to give enterprises better analytics, security and other features. 

*Shape Security: This Mountain View startup, whose founders include the former head of mobile products at Google, sells what it calls a ShapeShifter, an appliance that sits in front of websites and makes them appear different each time to attackers. The company has attracted $26 million in funding, including from ex-Symantec CEO Enrique Salem and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's TomorrowVentures.

*A3Cube: This company, started by veterans of the high performance computing/supercomputing industry, promises eight times the storage performance for a third of the typical price via its transformation of PCI Express into an intelligent network fabric. A3Cube claims its NIC can support HPC, big data and data center applications.

*JumpCloud: A Boulder, Colo.-based software-as-a-service provider of management tools for DevOps teams that enables smoother server oversight. The company, which partners with established vendors like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, picked up $3.1 million in funding earlier this year.

*ThoughtSpot: This startup from the minds of former Nutanix, Microsoft, Google and Oracle employees is devoted to putting business intelligence tools into the hands of end users with enterprise organizations. The company, which aims to deliver BI to end users without bogging down IT staff, secured $10.7 million in Series A funding earlier this year.

*Whirlscape: This startup's Minuum software keyboard for "delightfully fast, sloppy typing" accommodates fat fingers on small Android devices (Apple restricts third-party keyboards). The company, which spreads the keyboard across a single bumpy line,  obtained $500,000 in seed funding in February. Take a look at Minuum in this promotional video

 

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