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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>>.

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

Geni, Yammer Both Raise Funding


The details of the Geni funding were first reported by PEHub; with details on Yammer's latest round reported on TechCrunch this morning.

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

Yammer Gets Top Prize At Tech Conference


Yammer, a Twitter-like spinout out of high profile Los Angeles genealogy firm, has scored the top prize at the TechCrunch50 awards in San Francisco. Yammer offers instant messaging focused on internal corporate communications, and is the result of work by engineers at Geni. READ MORE

Yammer Bails On Los Angeles, Heading To Silicon Valley


West Hollywood-based Yammer , the corporate microblogging site inspired by Twitter, is moving from the Los Angeles area to Silicon Valley, according to founder David Sacks. Sacks said that Geni, which spun out Yammer, remains in West Hollywood. Tags: microblogging geni sacks david move valley silicon angeles yammer READ MORE>>.

Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Enginering VP


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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>>.

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>>.

10 Apps & Tools for Maximizing Personal Efficiency

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

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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>>.

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.

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. 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>>.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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Why Invest? But more importantly I worked with Chuck 10 years ago when I was at and have kept a relationship over the past decade.

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.

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.

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.

The Perfect Pithy And Productive Investor Pitch


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

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

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He says. “In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that. (1) How many ideas like that are left?” ” My 3.5

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>>.

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.

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A Tour of the Rubicon Project Headquarters

Frank Addante

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

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and so on and we do private implementations with the likes of Yammer and others. ” What gives? I stated that Twitter provided. Identity.

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>>.

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. Let me not bury the lede. I first met Ethan in 2005.

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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!

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

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Today Factual announced that it raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz & Index Ventures. Let me explain. Storage. We raised $16.5 Processing.

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Calacanis Backs 15Five


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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). Santa Monica-based , a new startup led by longtime entrepreneur Jason Nazar, has raised $6.5M READ MORE>>. comparably venture capital transparency culture wor

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>>.

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

Social Networking and Business Value


David Schwartz, Vice President, Corporate Development of Yammer David Schwartz is the Vice President, Corporate Development, at Yammer Inc., He has performed this role since the company’s inception after Yammer was spun-out of Geni Inc. (a a social networking site for families), where the Yammer technology was developed.

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>>.

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.

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. I argued for the opposite. He is still not sure.


6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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If you’re Yammer , Mint or RedBeacon (all winners) you’re knighted with wonderful coverage. Robert’s article is worth reading.

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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>>.