Cloud-savvy Ignition Gets Stronger with Franke Artale

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Speed Rules: Violin Scores $35M for Flash Memory

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Does Skytap’s $10M Signal a Strong Year for IaaS Clouds?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Nasuni Gets $15M as Cloud-Storage Gold Rush Carries On

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Standing Cloud Closes $3m Financing, Launches Partner Program

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brad Feld.

Standing Cloud, which makes it easy to deploy and run apps in the cloud, recently closed a $3m financing led by Rich Levandov at Avalon Ventures. Rich and I have known each other and worked together since the mid-1990′s and more recently have invested together in NewsGator and Zynga.

Europe’s top 25 cloud start-ups battle it out in VC beauty contest

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Mike Simons.

Twenty five of Europe’s most innovative cloud computing companies will be pitching to an audience of elite venture capital firms and tech industry executives for the next two days at the European Tech Tour Association (ETT) Cloud and ICT 2.0 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Summit aims to be a catalyst for the cloud computing industry in Europe, and aims to assist high-growth start-ups to expand globally by introducing them to potential investors and partners.

The 25 companies presenting were whittled down from an initial list of 234 rapidly growing cloud computing companies across Europe.

Cloud Storage: Two Days, Three Startups, $30 Million

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud Communication Platform Twilio Raises $12M

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ryan Kim.

Zuora Raises $20M to Grow Its ‘Subscription Economy’

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

PiCloud, Python-Based Cloud Funded By Greylock, KPCB

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

PiCloud, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that’s developing a python-based platform as a service (PaaS) has raised $1.4 million in its first round of funding. Investors in the company, co-founded by UC Berkeley graduates Ken Elkabany (CEO) and Aaron Staley, include Greylock Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Andreessen Horowitz.