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New analytics engine for Socialcast microblogging service shows companies who their most valuable "connectors" are.
Socialcast, now less of a Twitter competitor than a work flow aggregator, continues to refine its product for the enterprise.
It's not just a rehash of faddish sites, but an actual useful work group app based on modern social networking concepts.
Also: Almaz Capital Russia Fund I has invested in Parallels; online education service Knewton has raised $6 million in Series B funding; and Socialcast has $1.4 million in Series A funding.
This enterprise software tool is not as dull as you might expect. In fact, Slack is skyrocketing in popularity by bringing hip design and novel functionality to an overlooked issue.
Yammer's service is now live. Are we about to see a flood of Twitter clones for business?
Microsoft's former No. 3 executive, Paul Maritz, is using some of the strategies developed at the software giant to turn VMware into a platform player. His toughest rival: Microsoft.
And the flood of corporate Twitter-alikes has not even begun.
Social networking in business can work, as this new Air app shows. It brings real-time messaging to workgroups in a fresh way.
Money is getting tight, but that doesn't mean start-ups should give up, say investors at the Startonomics conference in San Francisco.