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Report: Yammer Being Acquired By Microsoft


Yammer , the business focused micromessaging service which started as an offspring of Los Angeles-based family tree and genealogy site Geni , is reportedly in the last legs of a deal to be acquired by Microsoft for more than $1 billion. yammer microsoft merger acquisition twitter micromessagingREAD MORE>>.

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Yammer Dwarfs Parent Geni In Fundraising Round


In the case of the kid getting much (much) larger than its parent, Yammer , the one time spinout of Los Angeles-based genealogy and family tree website Geni , has now squarely out-raised venture capital than its parent firm, saying Wednesday that it has raised an $85M funding round. Geni is, however, an original investor in Yammer.

Yammer Acquired By Microsoft For $1.2 Billion


Yammer , the business focused micromessaging site patterned after Twitter, and spun out of Hollywood-based genealogy site Geni , has been acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 Yammer, which was headed by David Sacks, will become part of the Microsoft Office Division. micromessaging twitter acquisition merger microsoft yammer

Interview with David Sacks, Geni and Yammer


We sat down with David to catch up on what Geni and Yammer are doing, plus got his insights into entrepreneurship and the Paypal mystique.

Microsoft’s $1.2 Billion Acquisition of Yammer Complete

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Microsoft in late June announced to have acquired social network for enterprises Yammer at $ 1.2 We’re excited about the road ahead.

Yammer Adds Groups Functionality


Los Angeles-based Yammer, the corporate focused instant messaging service spun out of, said today that the firm is updating its service and adding a new groups feature. According to Yammer, its new Groups feature allows messages and members on the site to be managed around specific groups within companies. READ MORE

Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Engineering VP


genealogy history tree family sacks david yammer executive geniGeni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. READ MORE>>.

Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Enginering VP


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A Tour of the Rubicon Project Headquarters

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BetterWorks Expands To San Francisco Bay Area


Craig's co-founders include Zao Yang, the creator of Farmville, and George Ishii, co-founder of Geni and Yammer. Santa Monica-based BetterWorks said today that it has expanded its services into San Francisco and the Bay Area, and is planning on opening up in New York and Boston soon. READ MORE>>.

10 Apps & Tools for Maximizing Personal Efficiency

Frank Addante

HootSuite (Social Networking): Application to consolidate all of your social networking into one place (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yammer, etc.).

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GumGum Snags Media Exec For Advisory Board


GumGum''s advisory board also include David Sacks, the CEO of Yammer; Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, and Vince Thompson, the Managing partner at Middleshift. Los Angeles-based GumGum has snagged a media agency network executive as an advisor, the firm is announcing today, for its in-image advertising platform. READ MORE>>.

Betterworks Raises $1.5M


Craig has recruited the co-creater of Zynga's Farmville game, Sizhao Yang, as well as George Ishii, who was co-founder of and Yammer, as co-founders. Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , a stealth mode startup headed by well known angel investor Paige Craig, has raised around $1.5M in a funding round. READ MORE>>.

Crew32, Led By Jason Nazar, Gets $5.2M In Funding Round


Santa Monica-based Crew32 , a stealth startup founded by Docstoc founder Jason Nazar, Betterworks, Geni, and Yammer co-founder George Ishii, and InvestedIn and MySpace co-founder Yadid Ramot, has raised $5.2M, as part of an ongoing $6.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Thursday. READ MORE>>.

Taming The Enterprise Texting Tiger, With TigerText's Brad Brooks


We''ve very much taken a play out of the Yammer playbook. Yammer used this to create lead generation from the top down. Acquired By MyHeritage


geni myheritage yammer merger acquisition genealogy family treeLos Angeles-based genealogy site has been acquired by MyHeritage , an online genealogy website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition,'s founder, David Sacks, joins MyHeritage's board of directors. READ MORE>>.

OneLogin Gets $1.5M For Identity Software


OneLogin said its single sign-on software is being used by such partners as Yammer, Colby Community College and Transwest. Los Angeles-based OneLogin , a new startup tackling the identity and access management software market, said Friday that it has raised $1.5M in a Series A funding round. READ MORE>>.

The Perfect Pithy And Productive Investor Pitch


Ebay+Soundcloud = us" and "FLIMBY=Yammer+Delicious+Gotomeeting.". 5. Yammer for Education)  & explanatory (e.g., Is One Line Enough?

How Kaleo Is Tackling Enterprise Knowledge Sharing


There were things like Yammer, Jive, and all that. Phil Hui-Bon-Hoa , the CEO of El Segundo-based Kaleo (, is a serial entrepreneur who has previously built and sold four companies, including one acquired by IFILM, and another by Sun Microsystems. What is Kaleo? Gone are the days when your boss is setting next to you.

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Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

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If you were at TechCrunch 40 in the early days and you won: Mint, Yammer, RedBeacon – you were an instant darling. Exec Summary. Network.

Geni Hit By Downtime


No reason for the downtime was given, however, the downtime at Geni paralleled a similar, more widely reported downtime issues at sister firm Yammer.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

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He says. How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5 minute response on Bloomberg is here  in this interview I did with Emily Chang.

Cross Campus Plans Expansion Into Pasadena


According to Cross Campus, it has selected a space in Old Pasadena, which will be around 16,000 square feet and encompass three floors. READ MORE>>.

DataSift Announces Mega-Round. Apple Buys Topsy for $200 Million. Here’s What You Need to Know

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Considering our revenue is SaaS revenue this achievement is even more remarkable. ” What gives? Why all the fuss about the Twitter firehose?

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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Of course I could go on and on including businesses like AirBnB, DropBox,, Yammer and so on. Here’s what I mean. This was a mistake.

Central Desktop Launches Its Own Take On Twitter


The new microblogging feature puts Central Desktop in competition with another local startup, Yammer, which has created its own enterprise and business focused take on Twitter. Tags: twitter microblogging desktop central saas software yammer The new microblogging tool, like Twitter, also supports updates via mobile phones, using SMS.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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RedBeacon was the 3rd winner (year 1: Yammer, year 2: – not bad company. And we wanted a head of global marketing. Nice sweep!

SEM 67, Led By Jason Nazar, Raises $6.5M For Pay Transparency, Culture


Nazar was the founder of Docstoc, which he sold to Intuit; his co-founders include George Ishii (Yammer/Geni), Mike Sheridan (DebtMarket), and Yadid Ramot (Investedin). Comparably's website lets users see what people are getting paid for jobs, across different companies. READ MORE>>. comparably venture capital transparency culture work

Coloft Hackfest And Your Chance At $4K In Cash! All Thanks to BetterWorks

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Co-founder of Yammer, and Geni. Still unsure about your weekend plans? Well for all the coders out there why not take your chances at $4k!

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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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Let me explain. One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g.

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Calacanis Backs 15Five


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Lindzon Backs Discoverly


Discoverly disclosed a seed round of funding worth $750,000 which included, Bessemer Venture partners, Atlas Venture , Great Oaks Venture Capital, as well as Jim Patterson (Yammer), MJ Elmore, Howard Lindzon (Stocktwits), and Alchemist Accelerator. READ MORE>>.

Social Networking and Business Value


David Schwartz, Vice President, Corporate Development of Yammer David Schwartz is the Vice President, Corporate Development, at Yammer Inc., a communications tool for enterprises. Yammer was launched on stage at TechCrunch 50 on September 8, 2008 and won Best in Show. What are the risks and rewards? and Ph.D.

Pocket Change Finds More Funding


A virtual currently startup, Pocket Change , with links to Southern California has just raised $5M more in funding. READ MORE>>.

On Leadership, Teams, Success & Happiness

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Lately the topic of leadership & teams has been coming up a lot in my daily life. ON LEADERSHIP. He is still not sure. ON TEAMS. And experience.


CapLinked Raise $1.6m Series A Round & Appoint Adam Sroka As VP Technology

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million which was raised from Thiel, David Sacks (CEO of Yammer), and Joe Lonsdale (co-founder of Palantir), 500 Startups and 7th Rig. Now $2.5

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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Robert’s article is worth reading. It got me thinking, which for me is always the sign of a good blog post.  I think Robert’s right.

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CapLinked, Startup America Tie On Startup Fundraising


Jackson, and backed by such investors as Peter Thiel, David Sacks (Yammer), Joe Lonsdale (Palantir Technologies), and Dave McClure (500 Startups), as well as Hercules Technology Growth Fund, 7th Rig, and Wasabi Ventures. Startup America is the effort launched last year to spur the creation of startups nationwide. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Jon Ferrara, Nimble


Now, you don't have to go to Twitter to listen, LinkedIn to listen, your email inbox, find contacts in Google Contacts, or even Yammer or Hootsuite.

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YBUY Scores $1M More


The round was led by TomorrowVentures, the personal investment fund of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and also included David Hanna (CompuCredit) and Jim Patterson (Yammer). READ MORE>>. electronics ecommerce subscription capital venture ybuy