Box Acquires Crocodoc To Add HTML5 Document Converter And Sleek Content Viewing Experience To Cloud Storage Platform
Cloud storage company Box has acquired HTML5 document embedding service and Y Combinator alum Crocodoc, both companies announced in a press briefing today. Financial terms of the deal, which was a cash and stock transaction, were not disclosed; however, Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie said that it was a successful exit for investors. Crocodoc has raised a little over $1 million funding from Y Combinator, SV Angel, Paul Buchheit, Joshua Schachter, Dave McClure, Steve Chen and XG Ventures.
What We Learned in 2012
Well hello there, 2013. It’s taken us a few weeks to settle into you (if we still used checks, this’d be about the time we’d stop writing “2012” on them). Now that we have, we like what we see: people taking risks, taking charge, and taking a stand. Passionate conversations about not just which tools to use, but why our work matters . A community coming together to make sense of a web that’s changing faster than we can refresh our tiny screens. But before we barrel into the future, we’d like to take a moment to reflect. So we asked some of A List Apart’s friendly authors and readers to share the lessons they learned last year, and how those lessons can help us all work—and live—better in 2013. Solving information gluttony In 2012, I left Seattle and the company I founded to join Twitter and help solve the most serious issue in the world that I might be qualified to solve: information gluttony. We used to live in a world where we didn’t have access to enough information ...
In Defense Of The Humble App Walkthrough
Editor's note: Aaron Travis is vice president of user experience at Citigroup and CEO of PolySuite.com. When starting a new web or mobile app, you may find yourself confronted with an instructional walkthrough illustration or help text indicating how to use it. If you are a technophile who looks at new apps every day, you might quickly dismiss these aids and wonder why designers keep adding these things that just get in the way of using the app.
LinkedIn Announces Massive Update To Its “Pillar Product”, The Profile
Senior VP of Products and User Experience of LinkedIn, Deep Nishar, discussed the company approach to design and iteration, which is extremely interesting. He says that since January 2009, its members has gone from 32M members to 175M+ members. That's quite a lift for a niche network, especially one that isn't all fun and games like Facebook. Aaron Bronzan, Product Manager of LinkedIn is showing off the new profile right now. It's been rebuilt from the ground up, and we're taking a look at it now. LinkedIn has made it super easy to add new things to your profile, such as skills and has added people you may know. There is now a visualization of profile completeness, which is rad.
Cloud Storage Company Box Debuts Global Data Transfer Network, Accelerator, For Speedier Uploads
Cloud storage company Box has massive amount of data uploaded to its servers everyday. In fact, Box now has 11 million users, and 125,000 businesses using the service, representing 92 percent of the Fortune 500. With massive companies like Procter & Gamble using Box for cloud storage, Box needs to make sure that uploads and data connectivity is fast. Today, the company is debuting Box Accelerator, a patent pending global data transfer network that optimizes the performance of business collaboration. Basically, Box Accelerator advances the speed, security and scale of the storage service for business and enterprise users worldwide to create a faster and more streamlined work experience. As CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie tells me, the company has put up infrastructure in number of sites globally, and is also leveraging Amazon Web Services to allow customers to upload large amounts of data at a much faster rate. "We are using a mix of Amazon's EC2 and our own recently built on-premise infrastructure ...